• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.8 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2442 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Lake
Romantic
Scenic

Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located so close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets some pretty serious attention from hikers; the summit can be a very crowded location but it is well worth the hike.

The trail up Black Bear starts at the end of the old road/parking lot nearest Inlet. There are two routes up Black Bear; the shorter but steeper route of 1.9 miles and the longer but muddier route of 3.1 miles. There is another trailhead on Uncas Road that isn't as steep but is 2.2 miles to the summit.

There are a few steep sections on this hike, including a section of trail that climbs a 10-12 foot cliff that your dogs may not be able to handle. Another steep section climbs open rock as you make your way toward the summit. The summit has a large open area and great views both down toward the chain of lakes and to the northeast toward the High Peaks. The summit of Black Bear has several viewing areas to spread out amongst the crowds of people who often frequent this peak.

Pack List

  • Sturdy shoes/hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snack/Picnic
  • Camera
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