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We did this in a few inches of snow, which definitely slowed it down. It made the hike really fun and pretty so would recommend. Hiking in the snow actually means less mud and mess but definitely need to be careful with you’re footing. We aren’t experienced hikers but pretty fit and this took us 2hours 45. I’m sure on a dry day it wound have been a lot quicker, more like a 2-2:15.

We went clockwise around this trail and I think I would do the same if doing it again. The ascent clockwise is longer but more gradual. The descent then was pretty steep but nice and quick. Doing it clockwise means you have done the majority of the trail when you see the lovely views at the peak.

Great day on the trail today. The waterfall was amazing. Definitely in our top 3 hikes in CT, so far!!!

Walked it today with my dog. We were all alone. Had to walk thru about 10 inches of fresh snow and many down limbs and trees. Because of the conditions it took me about an hour longer than usual.

19 days ago

A favorite trail in SW Connecticut. Lots of climbing and descending on technical trail. Hard wood and hemlock groves. A steep brook with one significant waterfall and several minor. A great technical trail run, but keep your eyes on the trail or risk a hard fall. Roots, rocks, fun.

23 days ago

So many amazing views, very quiet trails -such a great hike!

I have hiked this trail 3 times over the past month. Great hike with my two water loving labradors.

quick 2 hour hike. added Little Stony Point after. once you get to the top. great views and MUCH easier on the way down.

Everything, including the leaves on the ground, were covered by a thin sheet of slippery ice. This slowed me down a bit, but the whole trail was beautiful. Climbing Bald Mountain with all the ice was difficult but satisfying once I got to the top. The views from the top of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Bear Mountain Bridge were amazing, I cut the hike short due to the ice and wound up returning on Pleasant Valley Rd. I was able to explore the ruins of the abandoned homes and cemeteries of Doodletown to close out the day.

Great hike. The start of the white trail up is more of a road and there was recent clear cutting to widen it (not very scenic) but once past the quarry the trail thins out and you get great views of the Hudson. The actual summit is a bit inland past the river views and has a bit of tree cover. Past that it’s a long gentle down hill. Then you hit the Cornish estate Ruins which is an awesome treat on a somewhat uneventful descent. We went in winter so it was empty but I hear summer is a zoo.

Pretty difficult because of all the ice but well worth the trek!

The trail was beautiful, the bald mountain section was incredibly difficult on the downswing. ( way too much ice ) I’d give it another week of the January thaw before attempting again. Besides the ice which is obvious for this time of the year, our group had a blast

Easy walking pace or moderate running, this stunning gem should be on your list of HV hikes.

3 months ago

Great hike with great views. Lots of different trails, make sure you map out before you hit the trails if you're not familiar. We went with snow which added to the scenery!

It’s a fun run with two beautiful views. I am a city marathoner and trying to mix things up a little. Some parts were really quite rocky, so have the right shoes and prepare for your ankles to hurt the next day haha (great to see an immediate training effect different from asphalt running). At some points it was a little too rocky to really enjoy it as a run, which is why I am giving 4 stars.
Took us around 1.30 h to finish. Trail marks were pretty solid and we rarely had trouble staying on the path, particularly in combination with the app, which is really required because the suggested trail is a mix of two actual trails in the area, I.e. the color / kind of marks to follow change back and forth throughout this hike / run.

3 months ago

Our hike happened on Friday 11/24/17. Our family did the whole trail. The trail at mile 2 and 3 were obstructed with felled trees but not anything that we couldn’t get through. At mile 5, the trail isn’t clearly marked and we ended up about a half a mile from our car at the trail head. Still a beautiful hike. The only pick I had is at mile 3, the steep climb really was hard for the ten yr old..... but she conquered it! Epic family experience!!!!

Nice hike- good elevation in the beginning to get the heart pumping.

Nice, scenic, relaxing. My dog really enjoyed herself.

3 months ago

Fantastic trail with streams and small waterfall. The beginning of the trail is along Lake Zoar which is picturesque.

4 months ago

Beautiful views. Not too crowded

Rigorous for the first mile or so, but relatively easy the rest of the way. Spectacular view looking south rewards the climb. Easy 15-20 min walk from Cold Spring Metro North.

I've been coming to these trails after work for the past few years. There are many side trails, and it has been a pleasure exploring them all. There are many dilapidated stone buildings and walls hidden in the brush that make you think back to when the mining works were in full swing. You can link these trails to create a different hike every time you come. Great training for my 2017 AT thru hike.

4 months ago

A great trail for spectacular views. Well, at least in my opinion. A mix of the 1777, the AT and the Time-Torne, the West Mountain loop has it all, and you’ll be delighted once you make it up towards the top.

It was a good day for hiking. But in the afternoon the trail was a bit too crowded. Some groups monopolized the scenic overlooks. Normally I would give this 5-Stars.
Also I am very pleased with the improvements Governor Cuomo is making to the NYS Parks, Thank you.

Nice trail with a good ascent and a bit of rock scrambling. Unfortunately it was also absurdly overcrowded with loud annoying hiking groups, it felt like we were still in the city, so much so that we decided to go off trail to get away, which was nice. A tip for hiking couples and groups-most of us come out here to get away from the noise of the city and enjoy the peace of nature, so keep your mouths shut or at least have the courtesy to use your inside voices. We want to hear the wind blow through the trees, not your constant blathering at full volume.

I parked at the Split Rock boat launch, walked across the dam to find the yellow trail on the left (immediately after crossing the dam), and followed it for approximately 2.75 miles until I hit a narrow gravel road. The yellow trail is very well marked, but it can get a little tricky when it overlaps Upper Hibernia Rd and a few small parking lots. Keep a sharp eye out and you should be fine. Swung a left onto the narrow gravel road to take a more direct route to the lookout. I believe it's a maintenance road to access some kind of electrical or cell phone tower. In all, it was 3 miles from where I parked, while a very relaxed and gradual elevation increase. The lookout was awesome! I then took the white trail back-- definitely more of a workout (frequent ups and downs in elevation). Eventually it links back up with the yellow trail and takes you back to Splitrock Reservoir! I also branched off at one point off the White trail to check out Beaver Pond (red trail). All in all, it was a 6 mile hike and was very fun!

4 months ago

This trail is awesome! A bit challenging during the first mile or so but after that it's quite easy. The ruins are amazing!!!!

4 months ago

Hi everyone. I'm writing to ask if there is a trail in Bear Mountain which could accommodate a jogging stroller (used for a boy who's normally in a wheelchair, but uses this sturdy jogging stroller for off-roading). While this is not a regular street wheelchair, it can't go up a rock scramble. Tree roots, though, and some stairs are no problem.

Please let me know which, if any, of the Bear Mountain trails you think could be navigated by this stroller with an aggressive weekend dad behind it.


Neil Boyle

Huntington offers a wide range of trails from easy to difficult. Only setback is that it is too popular .

Moderate/easy hike on the AT! Most sections of the hike are flat. I really loved the spot at Rand’s View- definitely has to be one of the best viewpoints on the CT AT (it’s featured at the REI in Milford likely for that reason). Would definitely recommend!

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