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Great trail with diverse terrain and beautiful vistas

Definitely worth coming multiple times

Hiked last week, was raining the whole time and still enjoyed this hike immensely. The clouds were high so we still had beautiful views, and it was a lot of gain over a short distance.

on Gertrude's Nose Trail

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5 days ago

I would say this is a moderate hike due to lack of steep climbs. Views are phenomenal and similar to sams point.

it says Clinton nj, then shows a more than one hour drive.. minor detail ...

Great hike, but you need to take it to Crater Lake for the reward. Like everyone has said, the first section heading up towards the Appalachian trail is the toughest. Pretty smooth after that. There aren’t really any scenic overlooks besides the lakes. The pond is nice, but Crater Lake was beautiful. Lunch and a quick swim and back towards the falls. Five hours round trip with a nice break in the middle. Went the wrong way a few times too.

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.

Wonderful, although heavily trafficked, hike to a breathtaking view. Bring a head lamp if you are getting a late start, and a windbreaker for the summet. Proper hiking shoes with ankle support highly recommended, as you are mostly hiking up boulders to the top. There are a few places to camp near the start of the trek; bear-proof cannisters are required and can be rented at the lodge.

One of the best hidden-gem hikes that isn’t a High Peak. We hiked this yesterday.... the trail meanders through beautiful wooded sections, past boulders and opens to several scenic vistas. Views from summit are spectacular on a clear day. Close to 6 Miles RT.

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

Pretty and not boring with different terrains

Arrived at 2:30PM on Saturday and had no trouble finding a parking space. Parked in the upper lot as suggested by other reviewers. Views were spectacular and the trail was not overly crowded, in fact we had it to our selves most of the way. We did the 8 mile loop counter clockwise and would recommend it. Took us just over 3 hours moving at a pretty good clip but did stop for photos and to dip our feet in the creek. There were a few rock scrambles and some slippery downhills. Overall a great trail.

So the Hike Begins at the back of Parking Lot 1, and continues to the Marcy Dam. However, they were doing some construction at the dam but no biggie. However, when you cross the bridge initially do NOT go left, I made that mistake and I went down the truck trail for 2 or so miles before realizing my mistake. I then went back onto the correct trail and signed in at the dam sign in area. The hike is a little mucky/muddy but if you have some decent dry boots you'll be fine expect to have your foot submerged once from a misstep but other than that great hike. Made it to the top and got some bomber views. I was gonna go down the Lake Arnold side but decided against it because it would have been even more muddy and I didn't have a physical map, just my phone and the app. All in all took me about 8 hours because of my detour and completed 19 miles with a 30 minute break at the top and a couple 5 min breaks on the trail.

It's a really beautiful trail. Plenty of parking. There was a bear sign but I didn't see any. Lots of pretty birds. I spotted some deer. Trails are marked properly. Def look at the map on the notice board before you go so you know which trail you're following. It said on average it takes 35 minutes to do 1 mile. I was able to complete the whole 6.7 miles in an hour. No, I wasn't running but it wasn't difficult. The first 15 minutes, you feel it. definitely needed water. after that it was pretty easy, specially towards the end when you're going downhill. can't wait to go back when the trees change colors.

This is one of that trail that you think isn’t good but turned out to be great. The views are spectacular and the trails are well-maintained. Best during summer and early fall seasons. There are plenty of areas to just sit down and relax while enjoying postcard views. Indeed, a trail I’ll be going back over and over again.

Incredible, definitely the most bang for your buck hike I’ve come across. It’s just view after view after view. The trail goes along a beautiful ridgeline that from afar looks like it’s the edge of the earth (Sorry to disappoint you, Flat-earthers, it’s not) and when it ducks back into the woods you suddenly appear at another lovely view on another giant rock. Like half a dozen times. It’s great. Definitely a challenging hike, though no real scrambles or anything too strenuous. Lots of rock, but also lots of dirt trails. Lots of ups and downs, never really felt a long 1200 ft ascent, but somehow ended up that high. The dogs loved swimming in Lake Minnewaska at the end, we didn’t see any leeches, though I’ve heard they’ve been known to be there. We completed it in just over 4 hrs, with plenty of breaks and photo ops, despite a rude Park ranger telling us we could never do it in the 5 hours we allotted ourselves. Park closes at 8 pm, supposedly they will ticket you and lock your car in if you aren’t out by then. We didn’t find out if that’s true.

Definitely a challenging hike but well worth it. I'd done Mt Washington a couple weeks earlier in December and I found Marcy to be significantly more difficult than any of the other state high-points in the northeast. I completed the hike with snowshoes on my pack but never put them on. A state ranger let me know on the way down that you can actually be fined for not wearing them with ten or more inches of snow.

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.

easy hike, nicer part is first half mile.

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.

Really beautiful train, moderate to a little hard in a few areas. My Fitbit recorded around 9 to 10 miles for the entire thing. Beautiful views!

Great overall hike that lives up to its reputation. Definitely challenging but doable and well worth it. I am in my late 20’s and an avid runner and somewhat experienced hiker. It took my friend and I 6 hours round trip at a faster pace plus a 30 min rest at the top. We arrived at the Loj around 7:30 and the lot was almost full so I definitely recommend getting there closer to 7am. Bring layers as the temperature varies throughout the hike (today it was approx. 65 at base and 35 at summit). Trail is well trafficked and clearly marked (follow the blue markers). Bring plenty of water and snacks. And don’t forget $10 to park at the Loj.

A lot easier then I thought it would be 7.5 hours round trip with few stops along the way with 30 mins at the top. Not a technical climb but does require some agility because of the many rocks and endurance from pure length! Proper hiking boots and lots of layers this time a year is ideal! Single female hiker, started around 9am,summit At 12:45 and and finished at 4:30!!

hiking
17 days ago

Took the southern trail off Green Pond Rd. Not really a very difficult climbat all. i would call it easier than Kanouse east of this location. At the peak, follow the trail west about 50 yards to an amazing view.

There is no way to cut it- this is a hard hike !!!! I consider myself a pretty fit person and intermediate level hiker and this beast took about 11 hours round trip. This included several stops and about 30 min at the top. The hike technically is not hard other than a few rock scrambles the last hour and lots of rocks to step through- the challenges is in the endurance required! The journey is hard and the reward is big ! A few pieces of advice:
- wear sturdy hiking boots. This is not to be done in sneakers.
- Bring sufficient food and water. We brought 10L for two guys and still ran out with 3 hours of hiking remaining. I’m a huge sweater so I lose water fast.
- I’ve seen people comment that they did this round trip in six hours. You have to be really fit and fast to do this.
- We had perfect weather, including at the top- a nice 70F the whole way. I can see how weather can be bad at the top so check it first.
- It rained a few days before we hiked and we had basically to walk through a stream for half the hike. Not really a big deal other than prepare to get wet !
- Met some nice people on the hike Lots of high pointers!
- Start by 8am at the latest.
- Take an epsom salt bath afterwards

not to be taken lightly. expect to be out there all day for your average hiker. the distance is serious and don't forget you have to get back down. the final push is easy, the part that got me was the constant pounding for several miles beforehand. very tedious hike, stop at the falls to take a break it's worth it. glad to bag this peak but there's more fun hikes out there.

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

Fairly easy hike with a couple steep sections. Our two dogs loved it and was fun for all 4 of us. There are some awesome views on the way up, and at one point you can see the summit you're climbing to. We went early in the morning and saw good views on the way up, but once at the summit it was nothing but white below us. We enjoyed it anyways! I would recommend this one, especially if bringing dogs.

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.

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