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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."
--Ben Keene, Best Hikes Near New York City (Falcon Guides).
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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