Bear Mountain State Park

Jones Point, New York

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Tackle a popular hike in New Yorks second largest state park for views of Bear Mountain Bridge, Brooks Lake, and Popolopen Torne. Cover one of the first sections of the Appalachian Trail and see how volunteers have made major improvements to ensure the enjoyment of future generations of walkers and backpackers.

Bear Mountain State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Tackle a popular hike in New Yorks second largest state park for views of Bear Mountain Bridge, Brooks Lake, and Popolopen Torne. Cover one of the first sections of the Appalachian Trail and see how volunteers have made major improvements to ensure the enjoyment of future generations of walkers and backpackers."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jones Point
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Season: Spring, summer, and fall
Local Contacts: Bear Mountain State Park
Local Maps: USGS Peekskill and Popolopen Lake, NY; New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Northern Harriman Bear Mountain Trail Map 119. A hiking guide can be downloaded from the Palisades Park Commission website (see below) or picked up at the park administration building.
Driving Directions: Directions to Bear Mountain State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

5/26/2012
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Fun trail. The first 1.5 miles was a strenuous (especially when it's hot & humid) trek straight up the mountain over many rocks until you reach the view point.. The trail takes off from the Bear Mountain Inn, so lots of foot track during this first section. Once you reach the top, though, the view point made it worth it. There were a few viewpoints along the way, but keep going all the way to the top. When we arrived at the top, a thunderstorm came rolling through & blocked most of the views, but the tower provided needed shelter during the downpour. We continued along the path following the AT. The part that followed the roadway for .3 miles was not pleasant, battling traffic, but once back on the trail, nice views and a very nice trail. This would be a great trail to take a dog on.



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