Saturday, June 21, 2014

CT Appalachian Trail - Section 1 - Bear Mountain Road to Lion's Head

June 21, 2014

Miles: 7
Time:  tbd

Year to date miles:  190.1

Parking: Mount Washington Road at Bear Mountain Road trailhead. Room for 4 cars.

Our GPS cannot find Mount Washington Road.
We decided to approach from the South, which makes for much harder driving than from the north. It is a gravel/dirt narrow long unmarked road, which makes for slow driving.
Note that the drive from the south is not open in the winter (there is a also a concrete barricade across the winter at the CT/MA border).
Approaching from the north (East Street in Massachusetts) is much easier.
Hike directions:

There is a sign in the parking area for the trail.
Note that the trail crosses private property (Riga Inc.).
Follow Bear Mountain Road (unmarked but easy to follow trail.
The trail has hundreds of mountain laurels, that were just about to bloom.
The trail ends at the AT.
Got straight (south) on the white blazed AT.
Pass a large sign for Under Mountain Trail.
Pass a number of camping areas: Brassie Brook Lean to, Ball Brook Campsite, Riga Lean to.
Pass Bald Peak Trail (even though its on the NYNJTC map, I don't believe hiking is allowed).
Hike up to Lions Head, staying on the AT.
Pass the sign on the tree, and the view will be to your left.
Return the same way you came.

Map: South Taconic Trails 

Hike description:
Not a difficult hike at all. There isn't much elevation gain.
Some of the trail has nice footing as well (grassy/dirt).
Nice hike, and of course nice view at Lions Head.
We crossed paths with a few thru hikers, and several weekend backpackers.

Sign at the parking area.

The very pleasant Bear Mountain Road

Intersection of the very popular Under Mountain Trail

The trail crosses a few small streams

View shortly before Lion's Head

Taking a break at Lions Head

On the return, this is the intersection where Bear Mountain Road leaves to the left of the AT.

A sign shortly after the split.

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