Saturday, December 10, 2011

Connecticut Wanders: Bear Mountain Hike

Connecticut has many wonderful hikes, one of my favorite is part of the Appalachian Trail.  It is in Salisbury, in the northwest corner of the state at Mt. Riga State Park.  The hike takes you to the top of Bear Mountain and the states highest summit of 2316 ft.  It is a moderately difficult 6.7 mile loop.  The steep and rocky climb is worth the view from the top.

The surrounding hills and lakes spread out in front of us as we reached the top.  We climbed crumbling old stone pyramid at the top for even a better view.  The original 22 ft stone pyramid was the work of Robbins Battell and built in 1885.  Over the years the tower deteriorated.  It was rebuilt a number of times, but now it  just a pile of stones adding and addition 8-10 feet to the peak of Bear Mountain.

Eric and Sue on stone pyramid at Peak of Bear Mountain
   

Location: From the junction of Route 44 and Route 41 in the center of Salisbury, proceed north on Route 41 3.2 miles to the Undermountain Trail parking area on the left.

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