Ascent of Bear Mountain on 2013-05-03

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Friday, May 3, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bear Mountain
    Elevation:2323 ft / 708 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started from the west side, from an obscure trailhead on Mt. Washington Road roughly a quarter mile south of the MA/CT state line. I parked at the state line, and did a big loop over Mt. Frissell and Brace Mountain. I added on Bear Mountain near the end of that loop, which I describe here.

The trail to Bear Mountain angles southeast from Mt. Washington Road. The trail looks like a road on the map, and may well have been a road at one time, but now most of it has become lovely single-track trail. The trail is good, the slope is gentle, and I found it to be easily runable.

After almost a mile, the trail meets up with the AT at the base of Bear Mountain. I turned left and followed the AT up a moderate grade about a half mile to the summit. There are nice views along the way, and also from various spots in the summit area.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:433 ft / 132 m
    Trailhead:1890 ft / 576 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear

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