Bear Mountain CT Trail Loop

Smokey the Bear sign

Journey with me as we climb one of the highest points in Connecticut on it’s most popular hiking trail, Bear Mountain. At it’s summit we’re greeted by a huge stone pyramid that we climb to get a remarkable view of the valley and lakes below. During our hike up the mountain we encounter many scenic vistas, rugged terrain, streams and travel through ancient forest.

Location: Near Salisbury, CT
Length: 6 miles
Trailhead GPS coordinates: 42.029814 -73.428842
Season (video): Late Fall
Weather Conditions (video): Overcast
Trail (video): Under mountain and Paradise Lane trails
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Views: Eastern Valley, Lakes and Streams,
State Park: Mount Riga State Park
Access: Car Parking is on route 41 (under mountain road), 3.5 miles north of routes 41/44 junction. A blue oval sign marks the parking area along the road.
Recommended Supplies: 5 x 750ml (20 OZ) bottles of water (or sports drink), a small snack, map, compass & first aid kit.
Safety Direction (if lost): East take you back to Route 41/undermountain road



  24 comments for “Bear Mountain CT Trail Loop

  1. Sarah
    March 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

    how many miles is this trail?

    • admin
      March 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Sarah. Great question. It’s approx 6 miles total. I’ll add it to the main page.

  2. noah
    May 14, 2012 at 7:47 am

    i use trekking poles because its less weight to carry than tent poles(i set up my tent with trek poles) when im using them and theyre touching the ground they dont add much weight. also on steeper inclines (mt. katahdyn, mt. washington) its easier to have more contact with the ground. its different for everyone but i feel like i dont work my legs as hard with them.

    • admin
      May 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Hey Noah, thanks for the Pole comment/explanation. good to know! Personally, I think I’d end up tripping over them but that’s just the way I am 🙂 Since making this video, I must admit, when in a tricky area once or twice I thought to myself that a pole could’ve been handy in that situation.

  3. Darron
    May 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Start using poles and you won’t leave them alone! They say poles takes as much as up to 50% of your muscle effort off your legs! They are great for walking up, down, bushwhacking, crossing a stream, etc. And btw: you are so deliciously handsome!


    • admin
      June 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Hi Darron. Glad your enjoying the video good to know regarding the poles & taking load off ones legs. I’ll have to try them out one day.

  4. Byron
    September 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Is there an address that one can GPS to get to the trail? Thank you

    • admin
      September 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Hello Byron

      If your enter the noted GPS coordinates: 42.029814 -73.428842 your GPS should bring you there. If you want an address then put these GPS coordinates into google maps or some other mapping site and pick a close address.

      • Byron
        September 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

        That’s great. I’ll give it a shot. Thanks for the immediate reply.

  5. tony from philly
    September 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

    is camping allowed?

    • admin
      September 7, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Hello Tony. Yes, the map at the bottom of the page shows the location of the official campsite marked with a white triangle.

  6. tony from philly
    September 7, 2013 at 11:49 am

    thank you! is it rustic or rv type camping? are there bathroom/shower facilities?
    thanks so much for the response.
    I was considering taconic copake as well

    • admin
      September 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

      You have to hike in and bring a tent. The hike is a couple of miles and the terrain to that point is mostly flat/rolling hills.

  7. ben
    October 1, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    how does the campsite look? have you camped there is it a popular camp site .

    • admin
      October 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Hello Ben. Unfortunately the camp is not directly on the main trails so I never saw it.

  8. Luis
    November 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I want to do a 2 day hike with an overnight tent camp. is there something you can recommend?

    • admin
      November 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Luis. You may want to check out the Alander mountain loop.

  9. Joe P
    May 28, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Great Hike – was there this weekend 5/25/14. Backpacked in with tent and my 9 year old son. Setup camp at Paradise Group Camp Site A and loved the marked scenic “Vista” at the campsite, and left gear and hiked up to the Summit of Bear Mountain same day. Next day we explored Paradise Lane Trail along the base of Bear Mountain and met up with Appalachian Trail again near Sages Ravine and then back to the campsite. With the Hike out, over 2 days we did about 10 – 11 miles of hiking and we loved the trails and the views!

  10. mountain mama
    July 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Hey there just wondering if the Riga shelter is along that loop?

    • admin
      July 8, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Mountain Mama, I don’t recall seeing it but then again I wasn’t looking so hard to say.

  11. Mountain Man
    September 9, 2015 at 8:43 am

    About how long did it take you to hike up to the summit? Thank you.

    • admin
      November 1, 2015 at 6:23 am

      With filming around 3 hours to summit. This is probably a typical time for casual hikers, adjust for how quickly you hike and sightseeing. Enjoy!

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