dogs on leash
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, a dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, a zoo and nature, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. The Merry-Go-Round at Bear Mountain State Park features hand painted scenes of the park an 42 hand carved seats of native animals including black bear, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, skunk, Canada goose, fox, swan, bobcat, rabbit and more. For information about the Merry-Go-Round or to book a party please call (845) 786-2731
Fantastic trail that's not that difficult. We completed it in about two hours including stops to indulge in the scenary and take pictures. Make sure to take some water and snacks especilly if you are not use to hiking. Also don't get lost once you reach the very top. Depending on what side you climed up on you have to walk all the way across either to the ropes or by all the pilled rocks. The trail splits between the road if you go down the the side by the piled rocks. Once you reach the road walk across and keep walking up till you find the path. We had to go under the road side barrier for the blue trail and found the bridge below near the stream. There should be blue markers but make sure to keep your eyes peeled !
Great trail only bad part was major welsch trail did not have enough red blaze markings! Ended up finally making it down in the pitch black to route 6 lucky we didnt have to be rescued, but we all survived including my lil chi pug. I would not recommend hiking this at the end of the trail start here then go down the spiral path
Nice hike for a fall day. Lots of flatter walking through the woods areas, and a challenging fun scramble up a steeper rocky area to get to the top. Beautiful views once you get there! Took the suggestion of some others and went up the steeper (further to the left on the trail map) side and came down the side w the ropes. If you want to skip the flat areas you can park by Mine road.
If you decide to do the whole thing, park at the overflow parking area for hikers just a minute down the road from Fort Montgomery which stays open past 5pm. It seems like since April 2016 the Fort Montgomery parking lot has been closed to hikers. You'll have to walk back to Fort Montgomery to find the trail head (light blue trail markers)
Also the bridge along 9W is still closed to pedestrians. Easiest way around this is to go back the way you came from Fort Montgomery along the blue trail.
We didn't realize it was still closed and took the red trail back and got around the closed bridge by crossing the rather busy highway, walking along the traffic circle, and then towards the Bear Mountain bridge. Right before you get to the bridge on the left hand side there's signs for the Appalachian trail and that takes you back down the gorge. Follow the blue and white stripe markers to a footbridge that takes you across the river back to Fort Montgomery area.
The start of the trail is about a hundred feet from the parking lot, just walk down the shoulder of the road for a bit. We followed an unmarked path in the middle of the parking lot and ultimately bushwhacked to meet back up with the trail . The veiws are really nice especially the overlook of the bear mountain bridge .
Perfect place to see the Fall in its full glory especially if you don't want to travel far from the city. We drove till the Bear Mountain Inn, where there is ample of parking available. the base is quite crowded. The closest train station is Manitou, which is an hour walk from the start. The walk up is tough but is perfect enough to give you a good workout in the colds of the autumn. The top though is flocked with people around. We took the Major Welch trail to go up and switched to the less used Appalachian trail while coming down and that's when we found some solace from the people a few hidden spots to enjoy the fall from.
Calogero Z. on Popolopen Torne Loop
Nice trail with spectacular views
Markers and this trail map helped us not get lost. The trail was around 8 miles really. Beautiful walk through the woods. And a Challenge to get up to the timp and bald mountain but the views was well worth it, so beautiful. Once you walk past doodletown that's when the adventure begins and a lot of hiking on rocks!