Bear Mountain, the highest summit in Connecticut

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View from the summit of Bear Mountain

I have visited some high points during my stay and hikes in the US. Like Slide Mountain, the highest point in the Catskills (see here), High Point State Park, the highest point in New Jersey (see here) as well as Mount Greylock the highest point in Massachusetts (see here).

I have not hiked much in the state of Connecticut. My blog has recorded only a small one near Hartford (see here). Connecticut does not have real high peaks, yet it has mountains and the tallest peak is still more than twice the elevation of the tallest peak in the Netherlands. Then there is the Appalachian Trail. I have hiked sections of the trail in Tennessee, Virginia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York. But not in the neighbor Connecticut.

The remains of the Bear Mountain Pyramid
So, more than enough reason to head out to the eastern neighbor state and pick a hike on the Appalachian Trail to the highest summit of Connecticut; the (approx.) 708-meter (2323-feet) high Bear Mountain. Not to be confused with its namesake Bear Mountain in the Hudson Valley in New York State.

Bear Mountain is the tallest summit inside the state of Connecticut. It is, however, not the highest point in the state. That honor is for the Stateline on the southern slope of Mount Frissel. Mount Frissel summit is located in Massachustetts. The Stateline is at an elevation of 725 meters (2380 ft).

Like the States of New Jersey and Massachusetts Connecticut has a construction on top of its tallest summit.

GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisualizer.com)
Unlike the other states the construction is not in a very good shape. The structure, a 6.1-meter (20-feet) high pyramid, was built in 1885 to honor the highest summit. The pyramid deteriorated over years. It was restored in 1972 but collapsed again only 6 years later. The decision was made to not restore the pyramid anymore. A huge pile of stones is all what remains of the pyramid. Rather sad. It is, however, still high enough to improve the viewing experience.

The hike site where I found the trail information said this "If you're a hard-core hiker this would be a great workout but probably wouldn't fall under strenuous for you). You must be in decent physical condition to attempt Bear Mountain. It's a long hike and steep." Well I am probably a hard core hiker since the hike was really do-able. A perfect hike to hike with a jetlag. I extended the hike slightly by following the Appalachian Trail into the state of Massachusetts, making it my first multi-state Appalachian Trail hike.

More pictures below.



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View from the summit of Bear Mount…
View from the summit of Bear Moun…
The remains of the Bear Mountain P…
The remains of the Bear Mountain …
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
Arriving on the Appalachian Trail
Arriving on the Appalachian Trail
A particular stone type
A particular stone type
View from the summit of Bear Mount…
View from the summit of Bear Moun…
The remains of the Bear Mountain P…
The remains of the Bear Mountain …
Just past the border in Massachuse…
Just past the border in Massachus…
Just past the border in Massachuse…
Just past the border in Massachus…
Just past the border in Massachuse…
Just past the border in Massachus…
Just past the border in Massachuse…
Just past the border in Massachus…
Just past the border in Massachuse…
Just past the border in Massachus…
Just past the border in Massachuse…
Just past the border in Massachus…
Bear Mountain as seen from the tra…
Bear Mountain as seen from the tr…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
Bear Mountain - CT
photo by: mdalamers