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Ascent of Bear Mountain on 2013-06-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bear Mountain
    Location:USA-Connecticut
    Elevation:2323 ft / 708 m

Ascent Trip Report

Daniel and I still had time and energy to bag one more peak. Karen, Sarah and the puppy took a nap. Still parked at the AMC parking to climb Frissell, we headed east this time down a wide jeep trail to an AMC camp and creek and followed the trail till hit intersected AT traffic. Turned right and headed up the Bear Mountain trail. We wanted the Bee Line trail but could not fine it.

there is a nice steep area that goes to some minor class 3 that Danny I raced up. From the bottom of the trail (AT section) to the top we made it in ten minutes and was a good 400 foot workout. At the top a bunch of people sat on the rock tower resting and viewing the small mountains and reservoir to the east. Better views here than on Round Mountain and Frissell.

The plaque appeared to indicate that they thought Bear Mountain was the highest point in CT but we now know that is not true is is on the southern shoulder of Frissell but at the time of the plaque it was probably thought to be actually on the top of a mountain not on the shoulder of mountain in Massachutes. I presume thus, it is the second highest in CT but the highest peak contained in CT.

We did the 2.4 miles up and back under an hour.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:663 ft / 201 m
    Extra Gain:85 ft / 25 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Trail to AT (white)
    Trailhead:AMC Parking Lot CT side  1830 ft / 557 m
    Grade/Class:1, 2, 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
65 F and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: CT Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Round Mountain2013-06-09 a493 ft / 150 m
2Mount Frissell2013-06-09 b286 ft / 87 m
3Mount Frissell-South Slope2013-06-09 c52 ft / 16 m
4Mount Frissell2013-06-09 d91 ft / 28 m
5Round Mountain2013-06-09 e158 ft / 48 m
6Bear Mountain2013-06-09 f663 ft / 202 m
Total Trip Gain: 1743 ft / 531 m    Total Trip Loss: 1738 ft / 529 m



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