Considering I live half-an-hour from North Turner, and spend a week every summer at Camp Berea, which is practically next door to the mountain, it's a bit surprising that I'd never hiked Bear Mountain before.
Yesterday I was visiting the camp and I thought to myself, "Sometime I should ask Bobby if he wants to hike Bear Mountain with me." And, just as I was thinking that, who do you suppose showed up at camp to visit? Bobby!
So we got directions from the camp director on how to find the trail head, and headed off. We had no trouble finding the trail head, and whoever owns the land there is nice enough to rope off an piece of his lawn with a sign that says "Hikers Park Here". We parked, and continued on foot up the road.
The road never turns into a hiking trail, although I would never try to drive my car over the road, and Bobby had doubts whether he would try it with his truck.
At one point during the hike you'll see that the "road" veers left, (more...)
I hiked Bear Mountain today with my wife and daughter and had a great time. It was a perfect hike for the entire family. We made it to the top in about 45 minutes at a leisurely pace. The views of Bear Pond and surrounding mountains are outstanding and we were pleasantly surprised to find the top of the mountain covered in wild blueberries. I will definitely hike this mountain again. It would be a fun climb on snowshoes this winter for sure.