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Great trail and great views of the waterfalls. In winter, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to climb the stairs as it is completely covered with icy snow.

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!

backpacking
11 days ago

Such an incredible place to visit! We went during the snow season - incredible views, very icy.
Breathtaking place to see from each viewpoint.

Dont go down the icy steps - unless u have spikes ;)

(also camping was great up near North South Campsite)

Easy trail until you get to the 190 steps down to the bottom of the waterfalls. The view is great! Remember you have to go back up the 190 steps. Well worth it!

Truly a breathtaking piece of paradise. A place with so many hidden gems even away from the main parts of the park. Must visit for any outdoor lover !

hiking
16 days ago

Very pretty! Went after a snow and the latter sections with stairs got very icey and slippery, so make sure you wear good boots with grip in the winter.

I remember Skating on this pond when I was a kid, so sad it no longer exists. Probably because people sue for every reason under the sun.

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.

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.

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.

Stunning. Hiked it in the snow and although that made it cold and wet it was still awesome.

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.

easy, great for the family or the individual - pleasantly busy

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
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

I was so impressed by how well-maintained the trail is! The stairs and bridge made the trail feel very safe despite being on a pretty steep incline. Even though it was a short distance, the rocks to climb and bigger switchback near the topmost tier of the falls made me feel like I was still getting a great hike in.

I could see it getting very busy during the afternoon (and was told so by someone I bumped into on my way down), but getting there around 8 am allowed me to park in the first lot with easy access to the trailhead and have the trail nearly entirely to myself - including the upper observation deck, on which I got to look at the falls by myself for quite a while. It’s a gorgeous view and was a perfect fall hike.

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
1 month ago

Easy trail in summer and early fall. Watch out for slick rocks during rain and especially ice patches in the winter. The amphitheater midway through the larger falls is just incredible. Several people die here each year, so be careful. It helps to take a single trekking pole for balance and insurance. I did and I’m glad I did. Have fun! This place is breathtaking in October.

Amazing view from top

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

The falls itself is beautiful when viewed from either the upper viewing deck or from below. A strong word of caution is that in wet weather the trail down to the falls becomes very wet and extremely slippery. The trail itself is narrow and borders a sharp cliff before transforming into the rock steps that guides hikers to the falls themselves. People are frequently injured on this descent and I would advise groups to take their time be careful with children and be mindful of the weather to ensure all can have a safe fun time enjoying the beautiful scenery.

One of my favorite locations to ride. Great views and little traffic.

1 month 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.

Awesome fall colors illuminated the forests leading to Kaaterskill falls. A little steep at times and leaves make for slightly slippery terrian. but overall fantastic hike.

amazing views, great hike rock scramble was fun. Get their early or you will park 3 miles down the road.

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