Connecticut is a state covered in lush verdant forests, and if you’d like to get an eyeful of all that greenery (or even better, the colorful changing leaves of fall or snow-tipped wonderland of winter), you’ll need to hike a high peak. Naturally, that means hiking the highest peak in Connecticut, which is Bear Mountain.

Located in Salisbury and part of the Taconic Mountains, Bear Mountain has an elevation of 2,323 feet. Sure, that doesn’t exactly make it a whopper of a mountain in comparison to other states, but it’s still quite high up and offers jaw-dropping, gorgeous views of Connecticut. The five-mile loop trail to access the peak lookout point is rated as moderate by AllTrails, so don’t underestimate it!

What else you should know about hiking Bear Mountain in Connecticut: Dogs are allowed on the trail. The trail is best for March through November — it gets icy and slippery during the winter months. There is a second parking area 0.1 miles up if the parking lot is too full. Be safe, and enjoy this hike!

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