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A Fall Walk at Bear Mountain

October 10, 2013

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Bear Mountain is what I call the Andres Institute of Art Sculpture Trails. In Brookline, NH on Route 13 you pull off onto a dirt road and park at the bottom of what was an old ski area.. Bear Mountain. Actually, I think it might have had another name but at the bottom of abandoned ski trails there is still a Bear Mountain Lodge used for Bingo and other events. Our hiking group used to park there to start up the mountain but a parking lot with a kiosk of information and trail maps as well as a portable potty are now available for visitors.

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On Sunday there was an unveiling of the 2013 sculptures so there was a crowd. Darn. The dogs might have to be leashed for most of our hike. But it turned out that the art enthusiasts headed directly up the driveway to the art studio to chat with the visiting artists who had worked in the institute’s studio during the summer. Go to the Andres Institute of Art link for more information.

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Despite the dreary, damp day the dogs and I enjoyed climbing up the mountain. We only visited a few of my long-time favorite sculptures because I wanted to stay away from the crowds and heavy equipment still being used to prep sites for the installations. We just immersed ourselves in the early fall sights and smells and ambled at a pace that my 12 year old golden retriever could enjoy. Kelti, the little chocolate Lab puppy, galloped up and down and all around. She probably ended up covering four times the mileage that Emma, Cabot and I tramped on that day.


Trail signs help you navigate through the sculpture park. If you are lucky you might find a printed map at the kiosk in the parking lot.


There are only a couple of trails up to the top of the mountain but once you get to the top there are many loops to choose from.


A long-time favorite. You will find it on the way up the mountain. It has withstood many years hanging in that spot.


Don’t forget to run the metal mallet provided across the chimes.

It was a pleasant day with all three dogs at one of the most interesting hiking locations in New Hampshire. Stop by some day and wander around discovering art and nature in their glory. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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I may not have understood this bike trail sign if I had not seen the traditional one first.

  1. I lived in southern New Hampshire for almost 30 years before I learned about the Andres Institute. I live the view from the top toward the Wapack range. Thanks for posting all the pictures of the sculptures.

    • You are welcome. The Andres Institute of Art actually has audio tours for parts of the sculpture trail. I keep forgetting to bring my download of them to listen to as I stroll with the dogs. I have so many beautiful photos of the sculptures taken over the years but I don’t want to bore people so I keep writing posts every couple of months to share this NH treasure.

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