This was a fantastic hike, beautiful views and challenging. Taking the Major Welsh up to the top of Bear Mountain was a tough way to start this hike, but definitely got me ready for what was to come. The shelter at West Mountain has *amazing* views over the Hudson and of Manhattan in the distance. I met several AT thru-hikers at the shelter and I imagine it gets packed on weekends, there's a number of good tent sites nearby. Saw some interesting wildlife as well, deer, turkey vultures... All in all one of the better overnighters I've done, could easily be done as a day hike, since taking the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail down is easy compared to the rest of the hike, but the West Mountain shelter was a great place to camp. Also, I took the Shortline bus from the Port Authority to the Bear Mountain Inn, really easy, though the trip back into the city on a Friday afternoon took a loooong time.