|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bear Mountain, CT|
||Undermountain Trail, Appalachian Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, January 12, 2017|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Room for several cars in the Undermountain Trail lot off CT route 41 in Salisbury. The lot can get icy, so use care. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Slush, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All rock hopped. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns of varying size- easily bypassed. |
|Lost and Found:
||Saw a red hat hanging on a trailhead sign. If you hiked Bear Mtn from this side and lost a red winter hat, it's at the trailhead! ||
||Mixed bag of conditions. Down low, the trail was mostly a spring snow and snow/ice combo. The middle part had little to no snow, but a lot of wet leaves and standing water. Once on the AT, it was a mix of spring snow, bare ground, and standing/running water. Light traction would do the trick for this hike.|
The weather was kind of yuck, but the temperature was nice and mild, and I did get a few summit views. Near the trailhead on the way down, there was a neat fog effect from the warm air hitting the cold ground. Totally New England IMO.
The hike was 5.6 miles roundtrip with about 1,600 ft. of elevation gain, and it took a little less than an hour and 55 minutes not including breaks.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.