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