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Have to pay $10 to park. This trail starts as a Major Welch Trail (red dot on white). It took us an hour to get to the summit of the Bear Mountain, nice work out, fun rock scrambling (can be challenging for those who are out of shape). On the way down we took the Appalachian trail (white blaze) easy and beautiful. Total time 2 1/2 hours. Very enjoyable!

Great view from the top and a pretty nice return, but the way out is a lot of working on or near the road and a stone’s throw from people’s backyards.

Beautiful view of the Hudson valley and the bear mountain bridge!
The white trail is in front of the bear mountain bridge. The first 30 minutes is a steep climb but not a lot of rock scrambling. The steps to the top are rocky. Once you’re at the top of these steps, the way to Anthony’s Nose is on your right, just follow the blue trail for about 15 minutes. This is more or less flat and shouldn’t be exhausting.
This is a moderate hike, but relatively short hike to the top to get great views.
I don’t have a car and I traveled from NYC 125 th st Harlem to Manitou by Metronorthrail. The walk from Manitou station to the trail head is about 1.5 miles and will take about 30 minutes to walk. You need to walk on the highway so be careful.

3-4 parking spots are a couple hundred feet from the trailhead on the same side of the road further away from bear mountain bridge. You can skip out on walking to the trailhead as there is a cut through to the maintrail right from the carpark area.
Steep steps in the beginning for the first .5 mile. But great views on top!

great hike did it a few weeks ago

hiking
8 days ago

Spectacular waterfall really tall and some tall gorges surrounding the pool of water below. Love this hike

We loved this hike! The falls are beautiful and the trails very interesting. It ended up being 4.5 miles after going to see Mullet falls and Denton falls. Be careful not to miss the side trails to the falls! You will not see any water alls if you follow the route on all trails however the map at the parking area clearly shows where they are.

Amazing views on this trail! Be sure to check when it’s closed off if you’re traveling during the winter months!

As everyone else says, the first bit is intense! Wear good boots and be ready to use your hands. A lot.

No one else on the trail on a chilly November afternoon.

We tried to take the first trail to the left about a mile up to get back to the road. Could not find the trail, even though the app says we crossed it two times!

A great day out.

Nice views on various levels. Moderate is an accurate rating, though my 63 yo mother may disagree lol. My 7 year old did awesome. Go up the mountain and down the AP’s rock steps. Can get pretty crowded... start early.

Excellent, challenging. Couldn't do the complete breakeneck but completed bypass. Beautiful views

hiking
15 days ago

Waterfalls after waterfalls!! Beautiful trail for hiking and trail running. Very slushy at some places and slippery at others during this time of the year. Gorge trail was closed due to the snow and ice but the rim trail portion of the loop is open and accessible.

Great hike with gorgeous views in the fall, but I’d suggest waiting a few days after any significant amount of rain. The entire trail becomes a creek with 1-10 inches of water.

captain's log 10/21/18
light bits of snow and going into the dark.
beautiful absolutely beautiful.

Summited in 20-25 minutes from the front face of the mountain. Starts right in front of the bear mountain bridge and goes straight up, was a great fun scramble but definitely hard for inexperienced hikers.

I didn't hike. It is closed for the season. like chained off. You would have to break in to hike.

Fun loop, did this in icy wet muddy conditions and it was a fun yet challenging ascent. Walk back on the AT was scenic, mostly cut rock steps, but nice overall.

hiking
21 days ago

great place near Saratoga/Glens Falls to test out you winter skills before tackling the ADK

This hike gets crowded on weekends, as many city folk can take Metro-North right to the trailhead. The map shows this as an out-and-back trail, but there is a loop back to 9D that doesn’t have you traverse back down the rock climb (take the white trail to the red markers- you will see a sign that tells you to head left back to 9D/parking lot). I did this hike in November, and there was snow-ice at the top, but it was not too bad.
There are four peaks, each a better view than the last. Climbing up to the first peak is the most difficult, but the views are unparalleled.
Wear good treds with ankle support!

beautiful views from the top, worth the hike. the whole hike, back and forth was about 2.8 miles, and at a comfortable place it should take you less than 2 hours to complete. make sure you have the right shoes, especially when the ground is wet, as I've seen some pretty funny slips and falls from people wearing running sneakers while the ground was covered with snow and mud....so be prepared, and enjoy the views from the top

It is what it is. Fairly nice for being Within the city limits

Enjoyable hike. Very nice views. Had to come back down the way I went up because there are no markers for the ‘4 mile’ loop on the other side of the peak. I think it was only malted for the longer hike.

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.

The trail itself is awesome, especially the first 1.5 miles. But the crowds are out of control.

hiking
28 days ago

This was nice short trail to try with a kid for the first time, really fun to scramble up and down the rocks. My kid loved it (7y/o). We did it counterclockwise and it was steep to descend, but not dangerous. Beautiful views up the top.

Great hike and fantastic views. A challenging climb for the first mile which makes the crowds worth it, and an easy descent for the 2nd and 3rd but made difficult by all the fallen leaves this time of year, which caused both me and my friend to fall. Whoopsy! My 30 pound, spritely pup had a ball jumping up the rocks, but needed a boost at some points and a full on lift at one or two places. Recommend keeping dogs on leash with harnesses during the tough spots, as there are some flat rocks that slide down to dangerous drop offs. We had a couple of scares.

hiking
28 days ago

We followed the trail clockwise in early-mid Nov, with sunny and crisp clear skies in the 40s with leaf-concealed mud and puddles in low areas and some small icy spots in the elevated rocky areas. It was interesting seeing the faint remains of Doodletown, and the assortment of mountain tops allowed for numerous beautiful viewpoints, including Bear Mountain, the Hudson River, and NYC. I’d consider this a Medium-difficulty trail. Elevation gains were a nice challenge and GPS was invaluable on this partially-unmarked trail. Foot traffic was light to moderate. Would love to see it in June!

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