This loop connects the Undermountain, Appalachian, and Paradise Lane Trail to cover a large part of the Mount Riga Plateau.
Despite the elevation gain (Bear Mountain is the highest mountain in Connecticut), the trail is not strenuous, and only the north slope descent is steep. However, that descent could be dangerous in rainy weather.
The terrain across the loop is varied, including deciduous woods, weather distorted pines, huge tracts of mountain laurel, marsh, and steep broken rock. There are even two memorials.
This hike is an all day event, and is well worth the trip and time.
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