Bear Mountain is the largest peak in Connecticut at 2,316 feet. And it was recommended as a great hike for viewing Fall foliage. I must admit here that if you are in Connecticut or New England during Fall, you'd have to work really hard to not enjoy foliage everywhere you look. Even at work, I glance out of the hospital window to a spectacular fall scene. But I digress, if you are in the area and looking for a moderate hike to bond with nature in a beautiful fall day, the hike to Bear Mountain summit is for you.
The trailhead is about three miles north of Salisbury, CT off Route 41. Everyone in CT seemed to have had the same idea as we did the day we did the hike, as the parking lot was overflowing to the road. I am happy to report, however, that we did not encounter many people. Perhaps the crowds were taking different routes than we did.
Undermountain Trail rises straight up for about two miles then it joins the Appalachian Trail for another mile or so to the summit of Bear Mountain. It is a beautiful hikes where you are surrounded by rocks, streams and low bushes until the view opens up to amazing vistas.
An eight-foot stone pyramid with a flat top sits on the summit and provides a great platform for checking out the panorama. We were able to make out Massachusetts mountains in the horizon, as well as Twin Lakes down in the valley.
From the summit, you have the choice of going down back on the trail that took you up, or continue south and descent across the rocks with more mountain views. We did the later. The hike was about 7 miles round trip and took us about four hours.
It was a beautiful fall day in Connecticut!