Bear Mountain 2,316'
6.7 miles, Elevation Gain 1,560'
Undermountain Trail, Paradise Lane Trail, Appalachian Trail
John, Anna, Gary, Nigel, & Bob
Since it's difficult for some of us on these boards to coordinate hikes together into The Whites due to our geographic locations, we often times have to meet in the middle somewhere. So on this fantastic fall day, we picked a place between MA where Anna, Gary and Nigel live, and PA, where John and I live. That place was Bear Mountain in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of CT. I had never been to this part of the state before, and was amazed at how nice it was.
Our hike started at 9:30 am. The air temperature was a cool 45 degrees, and the sun was shining brightly. Normally in this part of CT, hikers would have to be aware of ticks, but the with the last few nights having frost, we were confident they had been kept down.
The Undermountain Trail makes its way up a steady grade and joins with the Paradise Lane Trail at a junction in approximately 1.1 miles.
Much like Kevin and Judy take Emma on their hikes, Anna and Gary also do the same with Nigel. And he was raring to get this hike going. One funny thing with Nigel is that he insist on blazing the trail, and no one is allowed to walk in front of him. So much so, that he was nickname Blaze on this hike.
At around the 3 mile mark, we came upon this nice little pond with a great view of the foliage looking up towards the summit of Bear Mountain.
Just before we hit the junction of the Paradise Lane Trail and the Appalachian Trail, we hit a somewhat boggy area. Luckily the trail was well maintained with log bridges.
Once we hit the Appalachian Trail, the climb to the summit was fairly steep up to a point where we had to do some rock scrambling.
When we hit the wall of rock on the final ascent, it was easy going as they were very wet and slippery. Nigel was having a tough time climbing them, so Gary and John had to lift him up the ledges in tag team stages.
Once on the summit, everyone gathered on top of the rock pyramid for some lunch.
One really cool thing about this summit is that a stone pyramid, built in 1885, about 8 feet high with a flat top, provides a great platform for checking out the panorama.
After leaving the summit, it was about a mile until we would meet up with the Undermountain Trail again, and a couple more miles until we got back to the parking lot. We couldn't have asked for a better day. Meeting up with great friends and getting outdoors is one of life's most enjoyable things to do.
A complete set of Anna's pics can be found Here
And a complete set of mine Here
Thanks for reading our report!