Bear Mountain Loop

Peekskill, New York 10566

Bear Mountain Loop

Bear Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This exciting loop hike follows the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) from Hessian Lake at the bottom of the east face of Bear Mountain to its summit and returns down the huge exfoliation slabs along the Major Welch Trail on the northeast face of the mountain. You’ll have excellent views of the Hudson River, the Hudson Highlands, and Harriman State Park from many places along the route.

Begin hiking from parking lot 1 at Bear Mountain State Park, next to Bear Mountain Inn. Head straight to the southeast corner of Hessian Lake and follow the paved path along the south end of the lake. This path is the A.T., though you won’t see any blazes until the path meets the woods at the southwest corner of the lake. Here a carriage road departs to the right, staying at the level of the lake—the end of the loop. Follow the A.T., which remains paved for a short distance farther, as it now ascends the southeast flank of Bear Mountain."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
3 hours
161 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,316 feet
Top Elevation
Bear Mountain State Park, 845-786-2701,
Local Contacts
Appalachian Trail Conservancy New York–New Jersey, Maps 1 & 2: Connecticut State Line to New York 17A; USGS Peekskill and Popolopen Lake; New York–New Jersey Trail Conference Harriman–Bear Mountain Northern: Trail Map 119
Local Maps