Hiked Bear Mt on 5/24/2017 with Bill and Diane Schor and Larry Babcock. Weather was forecast to be partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon showers, luckily the showers held off and we didn’t get wet. We thought this would be short and easy bushwhack and then we would drive over to the end of Sawyer River Road and do Greens Cliff. That didn’t happen as this was a very tough bushwhack with steep slopes and lots of blowdowns. On some old maps there was a Bear Mountain trail that started about where we started but we didn’t find any evidence of it until we were almost at the summit. It took us almost 2 hours to hike the first 1/3 mile with all the blowdowns to navigate through then it opened up a bit and then we found the trail. Not many pictures as we were in thick woods all day.
Because we thought it would be a short hike Bill and Diane left their lunches in the car. I told them you should always have your lunch with you so they had no sandwiches to eat when we got to the summit at 11:30. Fortunately they did have some trail mix. I ate my PBJ and then we headed down. We took a different route to avoid the blowdowns that was a bit longer and we had to walk the Bear Notch road for a mile to get back to the car. It was a much easier and faster way to get down.
Only 43 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 200 Highest list.