Bear Mountain, is a prominent peak of the southern Taconic Mountains. It lies within the town of Salisbury, Connecticut, in the United States, and is the highest mountain summit in the state of Connecticut. The highest point in the state, however, is located on the south slope of Mount Frissell 1.3mi to the west at 2379ft. Much of the mountain is protected as part of the viewshed and corridor of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which crosses the summit grounds. From the summit the view includes Twin Lakes and cultivated fields to the east, the Catskills and nearby Taconic peaks to the west, and Massachusetts' Mount Everett and Mount Race to the north. Though the mountain's elevation is commonly reported at 2316', the elevation near its stone monument tower, the proper summit lies approximately 125 feet northwest of the tower, accessible by a herd path following the mountain's abandoned Bee Line Trail to the Northwest Camp owned by the Connecticut Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. The mountain is noted for its old growth scrub forest of pitch pines, birch, oak and other short-statured trees, much like its neighbors, Mounts Everett and Race, for its numerous wild blueberry bushes which produce in late July and early August, and for its rattlesnakes, which in summer are sometimes seen sunning themselves on the mountain's numerous open rocks of mica, schist and gneiss. Plan to see Bear Mountain and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salisbury trip planning tool .
Bear Mountain Reviews
We left early Saturday morning and took Undermountain Trail to Paradise Lane Trail to Bear Mountain. We have hiked Undermountain to Bear Mountain previously so this was a great change of pace. There..... more »
Bear Mountain (2,316 feet) is the highest peak in Connecticut (the highest ground is the south slope of Mount Frissel, whose peak is in MA). We hiked from Under Moutain Road parking area, and that... more »
Great view been there many times
Frustrating hike with a lot of gnats and mosquitoes at the beginning and end. The saving grace is the 1.8 miles following the summit on the AT, which offered bug-free views and a decent breeze. I went counterclockwise from the split. If you plan on doing a loop, this would be the safer route as the scramble to the summit is a nice push before the view. It would also be fairly difficult going down for most people. Alternately, you could stay to the left at the split and just retrace your steps from the summit (you won't be missing out on any views by doing this).
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