Hiking New York: A Guide to the State's Best Hiking Adventures
by Rhonda and George Osterag (Falcon Guides)
© 2009 Rhonda and George Osterag/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Pretty intense workout on the way up...
Pretty intense workout on the way up... easy down hill.. pretty good hike, not too strenuous
I had a chance to enjoy this hike during summer. The 5 story tower at the top was neat but extremely crowded and noisy. The stone steps were nice and added a nice touch to the hike If your interested in seeing a video of my winter hiking experience on Bear Mountain be sure to check out my website www.hikingcampingtrails.com for it as well as photos and trail info.
Really, really hard trail to complete during winter, even a mild one like this year's. Ice sheets and packed/frozen snow made the ascent of Bear Mountain almost impossible, and the descents were full of falls, trips, and slides. Because of the amount of time it took us to clear just Bear, we had to cut out the rest of the trail via the 1777 Trail. Still, an absolutely breathtaking hike and one of the most challenging and rewarding I've ever done. Added bonus: the trails are all marked extremely well, even if the trail is totally covered over.
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.
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