Bear Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, NY that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
Steep inclines up to Bear Mtn summit - features incredible views
Overall it was a good hike - saw six deer (two different groupings, but very up close.) Went on a holiday weekday so it was crowded. I didn't expect the loop to be so man-made, I thought a bit of it maybe, but the extent of it was a bit much and a buzzkill on the nature vibes and felt less like a hike. Plenty of opportunities for views and overlooks which were also a little dampered down by people driving up. Still giving it four stars because I'm simply a hiker who prefers hiking more in the wilderness and that's not the trail's fault. The white trail is well marked, but I only saw a sign for the red trail once and couldn't make my way back to it and did get caught in a loop once and found myself back at the summit again by accident (it was a happy accident - caught the sunset.) Overall, a lovely and short trip away from NYC and a pretty short hike all in all. Nice little spurt.
Beautiful view, nice elevation, good mix of relaxing and challenging
Our dog and is really enjoyed the trail. Great river and mountain view. We took 2 and half hours to finish the loop. Lol
Too crowded. Lots of garbage strewn around. Don't think I'll go back.
Lots of trash, mostly near the base but scattered on the way up, especially near viewing spots. Lots of nice views, but lots of traffic and construction sounds on the AT side. Grateful for the vending machines at the top.
Started hike around 8 am. We were done by 11:30. The climb up via Major Welch Trail was steep and at points on rock face but beautiful! Lots of wide spaces on rocks at peak where you can sit and enjoy the views of the Hudson River and the surrounding mountains! You get a great view of the Bear Mountain bridge as well! The Appalachian Trail down was mostly steps and easy!
It was sad to see plastic and other garbage at places nearer base....
I agree with the other reviewer here the base was filled with trash and people who seem not to care, but the rest of the way up was great.
We arrived at 9am on a Sunday. The trail begins at the base of the mountain by the lake, which is surrounded by HUNDREDS of people who are picnicking and generously leaving all their plastic bags, cups, wrappers and any other piece of litter you can think of all over the place. It looked like a landfill. Both the park staff and picnickers should be ashamed of the condition in which the grounds are left. Disgusting.
The Major Welch trail up (right side of lake) is full of steep rock scrambles which are challenging and fun. You can also see the bear mt bridge from this trail
The Appalachian trail ( left side ) is all stairs and a more gradual slope.
Both trails are about 2 miles plus in length.
Beautiful view of the mountains and Hudson River from the peak.
There is a stone tower, restrooms and vending machines at the top.
A fantastic hike if you can look past the local landfill at the base by the lake.