The summit of Black Bear has several viewing areas to spread out amongst the crowds of people who frequent this peak. If you wish to continue on the loop, please read further and have a great trip.
Black Bear is an excellent destination for snowshoeing and does get some moderate winter attention. It may be too much of a hike for young children under winter conditions. The back portion of the loop get very little use in winter. It may require the user to break trail under difficult conditions.
The mountain trail is not recommended for cross-country skiing. The lower portion of the loop could make for a nice cross-country ski if conditions were good.
The loop continues over the top of the mountain; it can be hard to locate off the summit, but look closely for markers on the trees and you will find the way. The trail will drop off the summit on a very narrow trail. The trail is easy to follow but in many cases ends up being steep and slippery. The descent is through a different forest type than you were in on the way up.
You will be down off the mountain quite quickly and come to the Uncas Road trail on your right. Don't follow this but instead head much more left along a grassy trail that shadows the base of Black Bear Mountain. Through this area the forest opens up into mostly hardwoods with wildflowers blooming all around. The lower portion of this loop is quite flat, but there are not too many wet areas to navigate through. It will be 3 miles back to the trail you started in on, but those 3 miles moves by quickly. Once back at the trail intersection you passed on the way in, you will have about 0.75 mile remaining to your vehicle on Route 28.
Location: Drive 0.75 mile south of Inlet on Route 28. The trailhead is on the right. This parking area is the same for both Black Bear Mountain and Rocky Mountain. The trail is intermediate and about 2.5 miles in length. Black Bear Mountain from Route 28 is the most popular approach, but a secondary approach can be found leaving from Uncas Road.
Elevation: 2,442 feet
Distance: 2.3 miles to the summit
It generally takes about 4 hours to complete this hike.