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Mountains for Mortals #1 - Bear Mountain, CT

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Event Rating: Strenuous
Distance: 6.7 Miles
Time Duration: 4 Hours
Blaze Orange: Not required
This is the first hike from the book "Mountains for Mortals - New England". We have 29 to go...
This is a relatively difficult hike. It is only open to members who have demonstrated the ability to do strenuous hikes. You must have done at least five strenuous hikes to go on this one. Don't sign up if you don't have a proven track record.
I'm going to expand on the hike in the Mountains for Mortals book to make it longer and more difficult.
Bear Mountain, is a prominent peak of the southern Taconic Mountains ( It lies within the town of Salisbury, Connecticut (,_Connecticut), in the United States (, and is the highest mountain summit in the state of Connecticut ( Much of the mountain is protected as part of the viewshed ( and corridor of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (, which passes over the summit. From the summit the view includes Twin Lakes (,_Connecticut) and cultivated fields to the east, the Catskills ( to the west, and Massachusetts' Mount Everett ( to the north.
Bear Mountain, elevation 2,316 feet, is the highest peak in Connecticut. The summit and partially exposed south ridge provide exceptional views of the Berkshire Mountains of Connecticut and Massachusetts and the Catskills of New York. The Undermountain and Appalachian trails to the summit are easy-to-moderate in difficulty, with some ledge scrambling at higher elevations. TRAIL SURFACE Hard-packed dirt and rock with some ledge scrambling.
Proper hiking footwear and clothing is required. Bring a change of socks, rain gear, and a long sleeve shirt, light jacket or wind breaker in case it cools off higher up.
Bring High-calorie snacks/lunch and at least two liters of water. Begin hydrating before the hike begins, and then during.
Bring sunscreen since we will be exposed near the summit.
Bring bug spray.
Directions: We will meet at the Bear Mountain parking lot at 10:00am. This is a small parking lot so we need to carpool there. We have members from RI, CT and MA. Therefore I'd like to see who signs up and figure out who is riding together and where they'll meet, rather than just issue an edict that we all meet at a certain park and ride that may not be convenient for most people. I'll help coordinate this.
DO NOT underestimate how backed up 90W in MA can be on the weekends. Leave early!
Bear Mountain Parking Lot Location: 42.028748, -73.428842
Use and enter these coordinates.
Or Google maps and enter these coordinates. The street address listed above puts you a few hundred feet south on a house nearby. Set it to satellite mode and you'll see the little parking lot.
Liability Waiver.
As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at (; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.
Safety First!