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Definitely worth coming multiple times

hiking
1 day ago

short hike to reach the falls.

Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

5 days ago

Some of the most gorgeous views ever- majestic!!!

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.

Great hike with blueberries in July and a huge waterfall. can't wait for the fall colors to come. It is rather exposed so start early and bring extra water in the Summer.

Going counterclockwise is the shortest out and back option for the waterfall. if you continue to the high point, the view is nice, but not much better than Sam's Point. If you do reach the high point then your shortest way back is to continue forwards through areas overrun with flies. i imagine it has a better view for fall colors but I will try again in October.

cheapskate alert: parking is $10 and there is always a super long line for the bathroom.

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

Very pleasant 2.5 miles hike on a large carriage road. in different points, get out of the main road and get to beautiful view points.

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

12 days ago

Amazing waterfall and great views! Nice place to cool of in the summertime.

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.

Super easy trail-good for families with children and older folk. Beautiful views of the lake!

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!

Well, And all my 30 years of hiking I must say that the landscape was very unique and interesting.
The most important advice I would give you, is that there is no shade in this entire hike(except for the ice caves). The falls were indeed magical and endearing. I plan to go back in the spring when there’s more water activity. I witnessed plenty of people with improper footwear, and that would make the ice cave exploration quite precarious. just remember to bring sunblock or a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water, and a good pair of hiking shoes. It truly is a great hike!

It’s about 9 miles.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice views and a cool swimming hole between two waterfalls!

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.

Great spot for a quick hike. Plenty of good safe parking. Bring the younger kids! Sit down next to the Hudson River for a break. Very Enjoyable, easy hike with a few short climbs to make it fun.

nice hike but like most got lost and ended hiking 12 miles. drag hill was exhausting in full sun but teddy of hike was moderate in the shade. Did it clock wise, trails around three camp were non existing. I was with my dog and didn't see any humans between first and last 30 minutes.

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.

Did this trail for the second time yesterday. Started late in the day so we didn’t get all the way to the falls, but went to the ice caves. Started the trail to the falls then realized when time it was so we turned around. Oops. :) I really enjoy Sams Point. Highly recommended!

Was very crowded but its also Labor Day weekend. I'm happy the first two lots were full because frankly you don't want to walk on the road when you can just drive further up to one of the numerous other parking options that get you in without walking on a road with no shoulder. I brought my 5 and 8 year old and we did this and then added on inspiration point after. There is a decent amount of climbing up and down(for the falls from Scudder Road Parking), but the views were nice (minus the crowds). Boys thoroughly enjoyed it. We were a bit more adventurous and climbed right near the falls on the top and bottom (very carefully, watch for wet rocks)

I found the trail moderate my 6 year old nephew made the 8.2 mile loop with no problems just did not like the 2 mile road wish it was more like the trail past the falls

Great time

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!

Very easy trail with a lot of steps to get down the waterfall area and back up. The rest of the trail is through the woods and very nice, but somewhat crowded.

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