Riga Junction on the way to Bear Mountain

South of Bear Mountain

Riga Junction, North of Salsbury, Connecticut. My hiking buddy Loren and I decided to explore a bit of the Appalachian trail in the northwest corner of Connecticut by hiking up to Bear Mountain, the highest mountain in our state.

This is where the Undermountain trail intersects with the Appalachian Trail. For those of you who don’t know it, the AT is over 2000 miles long running from Georgia to Maine.

I highly recommend this hike: great views, excellent trail and not too hard on the knees coming down.

Being Labor Day the trails had plenty of people on them but everyone was incredibly nice and we met a couple from Maryland who knew the area well who were a delight to walk with and we had lunch with them on top and they showed us a more scenic route back down.

This is one hike I hope to do often.

The picture was taken with my wife’s little Canon "Elph" which is a joy to carry compared with a Canon 5D with 24-70mm lens.

Note: This is the hike we met Dave McCullough on although when I first posted this I didn’t know he’d later become a good friend. We met him this day on Bear Mountain only to find out he was my next door neighbor back in Warren. Amazing.

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