Bear Mountain Loop

Highland, New York 12528

Bear Mountain Loop

Bear Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This demanding 9.7-mile loop rolls through the steep wooded terrain of Bear
Mountain State Park, topping Bear and West Mountains and offering views of the
Lower Hudson River area. Counterclockwise, you travel the Major Welch (red), the
Appalachian and 1777 (both white), the Timp–Torne (blue), and the Suffern–Bear
Mountain (yellow) Trails."

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"High country meadows, distant vistas, rugged mountain climbs, and the overgrown ruins of an old village are among the many highlights of this tiring yet delightful calorie-burner of a hike, which also features possible sightings of turkey vultures, hawks, goldfinches, red foxes, white-tailed deer—even black bears and rattlesnakes. No question: this is one of the more exciting moderate-length treks in the New York area, but a couple of challenging stretches are not for those of tender feet.

Bear Mountain State Park is, along with its contiguous neighbor to the west, Harriman State Park, one of the most popular nature preserves in the Northeast, reportedly drawing more annual visitors than Yellowstone National Park."

Bear Mountain Loop Reviews

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7/20/2018
Bear Mountain is one of my favorite places in New York. Started coming here as a kid and try to come out a few times each year in the summer and fall. This hike is definitely for people in good shape because it's steep in some places. It's usually got a good amount of people when you're there. It's a good idea to arrive early to find good parking. It's worth a visit just to see the fall colors.
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4/4/2017
Pretty intense workout on the way up...
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7/30/2013
Pretty intense workout on the way up... easy down hill.. pretty good hike, not too strenuous
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8/2/2010
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.
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1/6/2008
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.
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6/22/2007
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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6/2/2007
Awesome hike! Believe the reviews that it is pretty strenuous! Definitely take the Welch up and the AT down --> the Welch is majority rocks/boulders and may be more difficult on the way down! Also, the Tower at the top is currently under remodeling/reconstruction so no views of the Manhattan skyline that we were able to see! Great views, though- worth every minute! Definitely recommend this hike! ;)AA
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5/27/2007
Very, very nice hike. We ended up making some adjustments and doing the AT section backwards from what is exactly stated on the trail guide and starting from a more southern parking area. We also took a detour to visit "Doodletown," which wasn't all that exciting. Very scenic, with some good vertical gain, but not all that technical. Highly recommended.
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12/3/2006
Great hike in western CT. Well marked trails. Good mix of terrain. Did not get to hike the whole loop. Wear waterproof boots, some parts of the trail are very moist and muddy. Fun hike and fresh air!
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4/20/2006
A very difficult hike up Bear Mountain but scenery is great once you get to the top. You can see the Manhattan skyline from the top. Stayed overnight at the lean to shelter on mile 8 of the hike. You can't really see the Manhattan skyline because another summit covers the view to the south. Overall the trail conditions were good but try to pack light in order to make it up Bear Mountain.
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Trail Information

Highland
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9.7
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Spring through Fall
Season
Bear Mountain State Park, Palisades Interstate Park Commission, Bear Mountain 10911; (845) 786-2701; nysparks.state.ny.us/parks
Local Contacts
DeLorme: New York Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 32 B4
Local Maps

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Sep 2018