Bear Mountain (Hartford)

Bear Mountain in Hartford features magnificent views, and is a perfect example of the two major geologic events that shaped the current Western Maine landscape. The heavily foliated metamorphic schist bedrock is a remnant of the major Paleozoic mountain-building events that uplifted the Appalachians. The rock was later smoothed out on the North side and plucked away on the South side by the southward-moving glaciers during the last ice age. That left the “roche-moutonee” formation (smooth, gently sloping North side, followed by broken-up craggy cliffs on the South side) that you find here today.