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Bear Mountain State Forest

Bear Mountain State Forest is a 156-acre State Forest between Keene, NH and Brattleboro, VT, featuring the 1,275 foot Bear Mountain.
Trail Activity
1.3 miles, One Way
Easy, Moderate
Hinsdale (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge


The Bear Mountain Trail, 1.3 miles, is a section of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail, and passes through the north end of the State Forest. The two trailheads are not on State land.

From the east: This approach up Bear Mountain heads west of NH-63 along an old road. It reaches a viewpoint at about 0.5 miles, where the trail begins to climb, before descending into a ravine. After climbing out of the ravine, the high point of the ridge is reached at 0.8 miles, though this section of the trail is wooded.

The trail descends from here, through some steep sections before leveling out. The trail features some stream crossings before ending at 1.3 miles and Plain Road. Across the road, the Bear Mountain Connector Trail starts, continuing the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail and joining the Daniels Mountain Loop.

Trail Manager

Visit the New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands online for more information, or contact:

New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands

New Hampshire Division of Forests & Lands
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2214
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Use local firewood from within 50 miles and clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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Trailhead Information

Most hikers will start from NH-63/Chesterfield Road and hike west to the summit of Bear Mountain. From Hinsdale, travel north 3.9 miles on NH-63. The trailhead is on the left, not far north of the Kilburn Trail parking lot within Pisgah State Park.

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