Mountain (2,316 ft.) is the highest peak in Connecticut. It is not, however,
the highest point of land in Connecticut.
The highest point is 2,380 feet, found on the south slope of Mt. Frissell
whose 2,453 ft. summit lies in Massachusetts.
Nonetheless, Bear Mountain maintains its distinction as the highest
summit in Connecticut
and it offers one of the prettiest vistas in the state. It's a
beautiful hike on the Appalachian Trail south of the summit because you're
hiking on rocks, surrounded by low bushes (including blueberries!), and the
view progressively opens up for you. A stone pyramid built in 1885,
about 8 feet high with a flat top, sits on the summit and provides a great
platform for checking out the panorama. Prominently to the north in Massachusetts are
Mts. Race (to the right) and Everett (to the left). To the east, you
look down into the valley where the Twin Lakes
are. To the west is Mt. Frissell and to the southwest is Mt. Gridley. Heading north on the
Appalachian Trail drops you into Sages Ravine and the Massachusetts border (just over a mile
After your hike, be sure to check out the
town of Salisbury.
It's a classy, little Connecticut
town. In Salisbury
center, all within a stone's throw from each other are the Village Store
for hiking supplies and Epicure Market for sandwiches and refreshments.