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The falls were flowing great this past Saturday. This is definitely a walk, even a stroll. Took us 5 minutes each way. It was a beautiful and quick stop for some pretty cool falls. Would do again.

Bear Mountain is beautiful. This was an absolutely awesome day trip. We had a lot of fun and the views at the top were amazing, the weather was also perfect which made it even more beautiful. Our dog had such a good time too, love seeing him so happy out in the wilderness.

Nice views, but insanely crowded. There are nicer hikes in the area in places like Storm King State Park.

Really enjoyed this hike. Well marked and offered a variety of easy to moderate hiking. Views are amazing

hiking
6 days ago

Did the actual 3.9 bear mtn loop. What....a....climb...i did the loop counter clockwise starting off with the rock/trail climb. It was pretty tough the leaves and ground were still slippery from the rain that had fallen the day/night before and it got very steep at times. As soon as i hit memorial drive from the path i thought it was over then i saw a nice stair trail on the other side of the road leading up towards the tower. Beautiful views and the trail coming down was very pleasant and easy. ( thats if you do the loops counter clockwise but honestly both ways are a killer lol) GREAT hike.

Hi Hikers,

We are wandering if this loop is doable in winter ? We'll be in NYC next January and would like to have a break in the nature.

Do you think is possible ? Did someone already experiment this ?

Thank you so much for your advice !

Morgane

Great Time with the girls hiking at Bear Mountain the pass Sunday. This hike is challenging, pretty steep in the beginning super intense incline about 30 mins worth all the rocks. Stuffed from severe cramps it’s all worth to see the Beautiful View on the top. ⛰ We did counter clockwise. Easier to incline and take the stairs back down. I would say this Trail is little harder than Modern.

Did the trail counterclockwise- up the rocks and down the stairs. Not very long but challenging. The elevation changes sharply - pretty steep most of the way (check the topography map). Beautiful view at top. Started getting crowded on the way down. Definitely not a remote hiking spot especially on weekends in the summer. Come early if you want to avoid crowds. I suggest hiking sticks, especially on way down.

This hike is challenging but doable. First, when going up you should go counter clockwise. We did and watching people slide down the rocks on their behinds just looked painful. Plus the hike is more rewarding going up on that side. Second, make sure you wear good gripping hiking boots. The trail is wet and there are some serious rocks you need to grip to. Third, stretch and make sure your ankles are in good shape. Lots of places to twist your ankle.
I’m not sure what this map was showing but you take the trail up to the tower then you go down on the appalachian trail (all steps btw) and it’s heavily trafficked. We parked next to the bear mountain inn that way we could use the bathroom before heading out.
Downsides: People at the top near the tower can be obnoxious. Loud music, people sitting on the trail, lots of motorcycles revving their engines, there was a guy flying a drone at eye level at the vista. You can hear cars, chainsaws, motorcycles and people on most of this trail. It’s also slammed with people on the weekends. So go early and during the week.

hiking
14 days ago

These falls were awesome. wooded steps down to platforms made it easy. Wish we couldve walk along the river more.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome views. Lots of history took place along these paths. Great hike!

Amazing view from top

Love it a bit scary for my first experience but definitely will do it again.

23 days ago

Beautiful scenery, tons of history, love it.

24 days ago

Good hike and lots of fun rock scrambles but only call out is that a portion of the trail was under construction so you have to walk along a road for a bit. Also there are a couple roads mid-trail so if you have a dog, be careful they don’t run out onto a busy road. The trail got very crowded after 11am so if you want to avoid crowds, I recommend starting early.

Lots of stairs and people, up hill can be a loooooong journey. One way up and down. Great views and it was quite pretty, not for beginners—lots of great picnic spots! Beautiful vistas of the lower of the lower Hudson valley.

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
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.

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