[CT Birds] Riga Plateau

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Sun Oct 30 22:29:35 EDT 2016

We were hiking there recently and (if I decipher the scribbles on my AT map
correctly) you drive 5.3 miles after the road changes to a dirt road.  I
think it's all Mt. Washington Road and it just turns to a dirt road but it
might begin as Mt. Riga Road. You come to a little pull off on your right
after 5.3 miles.  From that little lot there is an easy trail up to Bear
Mountain.  I think I even remember a sign "Bear Mt. Parking."

It's a wonderful hike in nesting season.  Good luck!

Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com

On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 3:28 PM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Hi Nick,
> Long before I was a birder I was a hiker, and over the course  of many
> years I probably traveled just about every inch of trails on the Mt Riga
> Plateau. The top of Gridley Mt is for practical purposes not accessible,
> but  when
> I was hiking there was a relatively short trail from Mt Washington Rd
> (dirt) to the top of Bald Peak. I don't know if it's private or public,
> but at
> least back then it was open.
> There is a relatively short route to the top of Bear Mt,  although it does
> involve a steep climb, going south on the Appalachian Trail. If  you go up
> Mt Washington Rd to just short of the Mass border (fairly long ride on  a
> dirt road) There is a turn-off and parking area to the right. It is for the
> AMC's Northwest Camp. If you go to the cabin, then bear left (north) until
> you
>  hit a brook there is a trail that goes west until it hits the Appalachian
> Trail.  If you go right (south) on the trail it will take you directly to
> the top  of Bear, but be forewarned, it is a VERY steep and rough trail.
> (Nothing a young  guy like you can't handle, though). The actual distance
> that
> way is probably  only a couple of miles.
> Link below is to a Google Map of the area. Look  for Mt  Washington Rd, and
> if you blow it up enough it will show Northwest Camp and the  trail system
> between there and the top of Bear. You get to Mt Washington Rd via  Mt Riga
> Rd out of Salisbury.
> https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bear+Mountain/@42.0500384,
> -73.4601639,16z/
> data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e77e07f5331acd:0x35556aefd7ecb93d!8m2!
> 3d42.0448138!4d-73
> .4548423?hl=en
> <https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bear+Mountain/@42.0500384,-73.4601639,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e77e07f5331acd:0x35556aefd7ecb93d!8m2!3d42.0448138!4d-73.4548423?hl=en>
> If for some reason this link doesn't work, just Google Bear  Mountain, Ct.
> "Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:21:23 -0400
> From: Nick Bonomo  <nbonomo at gmail.com>
> To: CTBirds  <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
> Subject: [CT Birds] RFI: Mount Riga  area
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> Hi all,
> Is anyone aware of a lookout  that faces north/northwest among the
> peaks in the Salisbury/Mt Riga area?  Ideally I'm looking for a place
> that is a short hike and located in CT. Bald  Peak or Gridley Mountain
> look like they would do, but it appears that both  are on private land?
> Is this true? Bear Mtn would do, and is public, but is a  hike.
> Thanks,
> Nick
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford,  CT
> www.shorebirder.com
> "
> Don Morgan
> Coventry,  Ct
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