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A great family hiking trail with beautiful views of the falls.

7 days ago

Pretty much all rock going up. Moderate difficulty so it keeps the little kids away. Very nice views toward the top as you reach the Perkins Tower. Some of the views are obstructed until the leaves fall from the trees, but still plenty to see. Going down it's all steps and there was one moving waterfall.

7 days ago

The beginning is super intense incline about a good 30min worth all rocks . Was a challenge but a nice view. After there is another 30-40 min incline with steps which was a bit easier but still intense because of the length. Another great view when you reach the tower . Continued looping back again a few steep drops which you needed to sit , side and hold on to trees a bit to get through . Seemed like a bit more then moderate to me but then again I haven tried a “hard” trail yet

Amazing trail, would recommend walking sticks

16 days ago

I went on probably the most beautiful Saturday of the year, however, it was SUPER CROWDED. Besides the crowds, it’s not exactly in a remote or removed setting. You truly felt like you were hiking in a park, and not a boundless natural setting. The hike itself – distance, terrain, and variety of obstacles – all great. Just not a nature escape type of hike.

Great, moderately challenging day hike. We parked near the Inn and walked to the lake trail to join Major Welch. Unfortunately we did it clockwise, meaning we climbed the stairs and descended over the rocks. It was difficult and I would have liked to do the loop the opposite way. Regardless, great views! This gets 4 stars instead of 5 because it was crowded, even during the week, and we heard a lot of road noise. There was also a lot of litter, as noted by a previous commentator.

23 days ago

Definitely worth coming multiple times

Beautiful hike!

A nice hike with a bit of a challenge but totally manageable for my 30 pound pup. I agree with others that this trail is more fun counter clockwise than clockwise. Some nice rock scrambles going that way which were fun to climb up but seemed like they’d be a challenge and unpleasant to go down. After reaching the tower, the trail is downhill and mostly stairs. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it’s a bit crowded at the tower and on the second half, and it’s close to the roadway in parts (even requiring you to cross a road at one point). You should know there is a $10 parking fee. I’ve been to a bunch of Harriman trails, but this was my first time parking by Bear Mountain and it took me by surprise. I’d love to do this again and explore some of the secondary trails.

Solid up. Go up near the lake it’s a better route up than down if you’re looping

1 month ago

Lovely fairly easy

Think it's better to hike this in reverse from what is shown here - go up Major Welch and down the AT. I avoided doing this hike for a long time because it's not as fun to be on a peak that people can simply drive to. I shouldn't have waited so long. There are some great views going up Welch (back down to the Hudson and over to Popolopen Torne) as well as some mildly steep rock scrambling. The views from the top of Bear Mountain are pretty great looking south toward Dunderberg, the Timp and beyond. If you climb to the top of the Perkins Tower you can see out in all directions. I do wish people would be more considerate with litter. There were places on the AT that were strewn with garbage, and there was litter in several places at the peak, even though there were garbage cans nearby. Why? They are rerouting the AT from the top of Bear down through a new area that won't require you to walk along the road as much. The stretch of the AT is one of the nicer maintained trails I've seen - nice and wide with plenty of easy stone steps. That didn't keep some jackasses from trying to bushwhack downhill to avoid switchbacks. My only gripe with this hike: human beings.

Wow, moderate climbs with great views only an hour from NYC. We hiked clockwise on the loop...this is a great way to go, lots of great views off the Hudson River on the way to the high point of the trail. Sneakers or trail runners are suffice for this hike as they provide ample grip on the rocks. Well maintained trail with easy to follow blazes. Added bonus is you get a little time on the AT for my fellow hiking junkies. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake after your hike.

This is one of my favorite spots to hike, swim, fish, or camp. Being a local I've grown up in the woods and mountains around the park. Almost all trails in R.B. Winter are family friendly and all are well maintained.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Very demanding going up...fallow red circle to the top.

Major Welch to Appalachian trail was great. Some steep inclines on the way up with beautiful views both ascending and descending. Tough in some spots but all in all a moderate trail. Bring a water bottle or 2! If you bring your drone like I did be prepared to be yelled at by the park ranger at the top by the memorial. Mid trail they won’t bother you.

We hiked up Major Welch (you have to walk along the lake for a bit until you see the sign on your left for MW- the trail sign is a white square with a red circle inside) & took the Appalachian trail (marked white) back down. I would say the trail is moderate! Start early to avoid the crowds. MW had a lot of rock scrambling and wasn’t an easy hike, the AT on the way down was basically taking stairs down. Took us about 3 hours to do the loop with 5 breaks!

the view at the top makes this a rewarding hike!! make sure you bring plenty of water cause 2 per person wasnt enough. lots of sweating, especially during the rock scramble.

A great trail that’s challenging on the north eastern end. If you’re bringing your dog, you may need to assist them along the path. Once you head down the path towards the AT it gets much easier. The trail becomes more professionally manicured for hiking. Would definitely hike it again.

Easy walk. Not even hiking really. Very pretty.

Great for half-day activity. Better to go up Major Welch and come down via AT. MW has more rocky sections, much easier for climbing, going up. Amazing views!

It’s all alongside the highway, if you were able to see the view more it would be nice. The coolest part about the hike was that I ran into a snake

Not that hard. Family and pets friendly. Very nice.

Twelve of us stopped here on our way back from Seneca Rocks to Yough Lake. We’d already hiked all day, so we were pretty spent. That being said, this was definitely a walk, not a hike. It was almost completely stairs, and remember that you have to come back up after going down. I agree with the many reviewers who call this moderate, not easy. We had changed out of hiking shoes and into flip flops, and for some, that was a mistake. There were two viewing platforms along the boardwalk, and the falls were beautiful. I now understand why they’re on every postcard and magnet in every WV gift shop.

never really hiked before. first time with some friends. had a blast. not super hard but some areas were challenging. great time overall. definitely need solid shoes with good traction if you take the Weltch trail to the Appalachian, to the Blue trail as your loop.

Great for a mid-spring hike. Nice to walk by the water and watch the off-shore fishing and ponies. The campsite has a great view of the Bay and a few fire pits with plenty of fallen trees for firewood. We hiked in early morning and arrived to the campsite around mid-day and it was great to have half a day to explore the Bayside before hiking out the next morning. Great easy hike.

Great hike with great view points

Love camping here, too bad the ticks are out of hand, I have been 8 times and all different trails but always taking ticks of my best furry friend and myself...

trail running
1 month ago

Not great for trail running, because most of this is not runnable. That being said — great views, totally worth it.

1 month ago

"Bog and Boulder Trail" according to the sign at the trailhead and that about sums it up. As far as challenges the trail was great but be forewarned this is a bog / swamp and part of the trail is boulders. See pics for detail.

Pros: elevation and grade fairly level. The challenge comes navigating through or around large waterlogged areas. Water will spill over the top of hiking boots into the boot or else through the boot itself unless you have knee high waders. Some areas have a boardwalk but most are up to the hiker to wade through or else find a way around. Another plus was abundant water sources along the way. Entering the trail we headed left doing the 4.5 mile to the campsite and there were some good water sources along the way and at the campsite. The campsite was nice, lots of spots to pitch tent, loved the sound of the flowing river and slight waterfall effect, foliage was beautiful and abundant mushrooms of all sorts of colors.

Cons: graffiti on the trees at about the 8 mile mark made following the trail nearly impossible had it not been for All Trails, gps and pre-dowloaded map. Water sources for the second part of the loop were scarce and available sources had brown foam. The swing bridge was out so the second campsite and the campsite on the island are inaccessible unless you're brave enough to cross the river which was flowing pretty swiftly. This is a bog and boulder trail so it will definitely take a toll on your feet regardless of footwear.

We cut across Crumb Road to avoid the lowest elevation and ended at Verla Drive.

It was a great weekend and awesome challenge but not inclined to return.

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