Bear Brook Upper

Allenstown, New Hampshire

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Bear Brook Upper is a hiking and biking trail in Allenstown, New Hampshire. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 340 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 386 feet.
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Bear Brook Upper is a hiking and biking trail in Allenstown, New Hampshire. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 340 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 386 feet. This trail connects with the following: One Mile Trail and Little Bear Trail.
Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Allenstown
Distance: 0.9
Elevation Gain: 386 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 340 feet
Top Elevation: 400 feet
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Brook Upper
Elevation Min/Max: 332/400 ft
Elevation Start/End: 340/340 ft

Bear Brook Upper Professional Reviews and Guides

"A classic New Hampshire mountain bike ride on single-track and old woods roads. With more than 40 miles of trails, Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown is one of the best places to ride in New Hampshire. It is also one of the biggest parks in the state—more than 8,000 acres—providing a large stretch of wilderness relatively close to Concord and Manchester. In addition to biking, the park offers hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and archery.

There are trails at all levels of difficulty in the park; you could easily spend a few days exploring all of them. This trip follows mostly rocky intermediate terrain, but there are also some easy sections, including a 4.5-mile loop that can be ridden as a separate trip. Except for one short foray outside the park boundary, this trip has a wild feel as you pass through many forest types and visit an old reservoir held back by a historic rock dam. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the trails in Bear Brook."

"The beauty of Bear Brook State Park is that there is something for everyone. With nearly 10,000 acres of forest, there is room for the snowshoer, cross-country skier, snowmobiler, and even the dogsledder. At times they may cross each other’s path, but for the most part the networks are separate.

The loop through Bear Brook utilizes several different trails—Little Bear, Bobcat, Broken Boulder, and Pitch Pine. Tie them all together and you have quite an enjoyable bundle. Birch, pine, red oak, and hemlock trees make up much of the forest you’ll be passing through. There are also a few clearings, areas of downed trees off the trails, and “snags,” dead standing trees left for wildlife to use. Surface quality: Ungroomed, single tracked, double tracked."

"The beauty of Bear Brook State Park is that there is something for everyone. With nearly 10,000 acres of forest, there is room for the snowshoer, cross-country skier, snowmobiler, and even the dogsledder. At times they may cross each other’s path, but for the most part the networks are separate.

The loop through Bear Brook utilizes several different trails—Little Bear, Bobcat, Broken Boulder, and Pitch Pine. Tie them all together and you have quite an enjoyable bundle. Birch, pine, red oak, and hemlock trees make up much of the forest you’ll be passing through. There are also a few clearings, areas of downed trees off the trails, and “snags,” dead standing trees left for wildlife to use. Surface quality: Ungroomed, single tracked, double tracked."

"A short, sweet trail through spacious pines to a picturesque marsh and cozy park shelter. Sometimes you feel like walking a short way on effortless flat terrain to a picturesque bog where you can sit and stare and just plain while the hour away.

This walk is one of them. For its simplicity and accessibility to the entrance road, we found this trail quietly exhilarating, especially the sense of being in the woods and still seeing the woods."

"This is New Hampshire’s largest developed state park and one of the best for snowshoeing. The park encompasses more than 10,000 acres, including marshes, bogs, mountain summits, and ponds, and a spider web of trails, more than 40 miles in all. You’ll find something to suit all ages, abilities, and energy levels. We’ve spent several winter days exploring the trails that criss-cross the forest, fields, and slopes of this southern New Hampshire preserve, and still haven’t seen it all.

It’s heartily used in summer; there’s hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, rafting, a twenty-station fitness course, artillery range, and a small museum complex. While Bear Brook State Park slows down when the mercury drops and the snow flies, it still get a fair amount of use from cross-country skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, and hard-core (read; crazy!) mountain bikers. The park campground closes in mid-October, but if you’d like to spend a few days exploring the park, check out nearby Circle 9 Ranch. The 125-site campground stays open all winter, offering entertainment and heated bathrooms."

Recent Trail Reviews

6/29/2013
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explored about a 9 mile loop within this state park, starting at the campground. There are several new trails and trails that have been rerouted. trail map from the campground / nh state parks online fairly inaccurate, pay attention to landmarks and direction.


2/14/2008
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Snowshoed last year for first time. Plan to go back. Good day hike with several trails to explore.


2/13/2008
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Excellent beginner trail. Not groomed but pretty well traveled. Trailhead is just to the right of the outhouses at the parking lot. The trail is well marked except one intersection which just has two arrows pointing in opposite directions. Be sure to turn right or you'll go in a circle.



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May 2018