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Moderate hike with some dope views. The steps can be pretty slippery in the winter walk them cautiously. We found an abandoned shack which looks like it was once used as a birdwatching tower, but the floor had collapsed. The peak offers a really nice 360 degree view of the Hudson. Overall it’s an awesome hike for family’s and large groups of people.

hiking
3 days ago

New section of the Appalachian Trail looks great. ALOT of stone stairs up and down the AT on Bear Mountain itself. Nice views from the top.

This is a beautiful trial , just a WARNING, there are about 1,000 steps very steep and hard on the knees , prepare accordingly. Otherwise it’s absolutely gorgeous one of my favorites!

Great trail. Maybe on the lesser end of “difficult” but enjoyable nonetheless.

Very enjoyable trek through the woods...didn't encounter another soul on a cold morning until I hit the junction with the Anthony's Nose trail. Decided to extend the hike about 0.8 miles and take in the views from the aforementioned Anthony's Nose. If time allows this is a must stop...gorgeous views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain.

Hiked trail in fair weather. easy hike. Planning to hike again on this Friday the 11 for my birthday. Starting to train for Mt Washington hike this summer. Any tips?

Nice views and not so hard trail

By far the most direct route to the summit of Bull Hill. Fun and challenging climb early on, about 1100 ft of elevation gain from the parking lot to the Washburn -Undercliff (White &Yellow) Trail junction. Terrific views of the Hudson and town below facing South early on (from 0.5-0.75 miles at a steep 30-46% grade) and then the woods canopy the trail until you reach the summit of Bull Hill. You can see NYC on a clear day from the Summit. The route is a more gradual descent from the Summit all the way down. If you have nothing left in the tank after Notch Trail, you can take an alternate route out at mile 3.4 at Brook Junction (Red) trail and connect to Cornish [Ruins] Trail to take that all the way back to the Visitors Center lot.

Hiked this in December, took the counterclockwise route as suggested. There were 10-12 stream crossings that were very challenging. A few of them can be navigated just staying on dry portions of rock, but most had rocks that were just too far apart to take a step. Solutions include bushwacking off the trail to find a better spot to cross, shimmying across fallen logs, or just take off your shoes and trudging through the ice cold water.

Aside from the initial stream crossings, the hike is not very challenging beyond Devil's Bathtub. There is a sign saying something like "Warning: next 5 miles very strenuous and rugged", but it was a relatively easy walk through the woods compared to the first part of the trail. First 2-3 miles took 3 hours, remaining 5 miles took 2.5 hours.

Overall it was a lot of fun; navigating the stream crossings added an element of challenge and decision-making.

hiking
19 days ago

Pro- Great views from ontop the summit, easy trail to follow, especially if you have the Alltrails map, tons of blazes, not many people on New Year Day (this is not the norm at all, from past reviews seems to get extremely busy), lots of history markers at the beginning regarding the Old Revolutionary Forts

Con- Lot of trash first mile or so in and last mile or so out, tons of broken glass along with graffiti, you never really escape the road noise on this hike

Imo the views make this a must do once, I would try to do in Fall if you could, would probably be super busy but I cant imagine how the colors would look from the views a top

20 days ago

Nice workout, took about 2.5 hrs on the blue trail. Waterfalls are scenic and the 2nd half is more challenging than the first. Definitely need to pay attention to the markers I can see why some get lost. I’ll definitely be back.

Rocky course but worth it. The views at the lookout are unbeatable. Very high traffic and dog friendly.

hiking
23 days ago

Great moderate trail, beautiful in the fall. Very busy, lots of tourists. Rain from the previous day made the trail more challenging as we had to climb off-trail. Feet got wet. Plan accordingly.

hiking
28 days ago

Very good hike overall and especially for dogs! The trails were very well maintained for mid December, a bit confusing at the start as the first two markers were colored blue but once you get pass those it was very well marked! Great views throughout the hike and really cool once you get to the top! Highly recommend to hikers of all levels and experience

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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!

Well this was my first time at the falls, I went with my brother in law and nephew. Our plans were to take the shorter trail due to it getting dark so early again. We accidentally ended up in the lower parking lot and said the hell with it and took the longer route. First and foremost the extra hike was definitely work it. Just the few extra waterfalls on it alone are worth it.
Once we got to the loop it was beautiful, but holy steps Bat-man!! lol. It was a hike up hill. Since we had some snow recently it was definitely very dangerous in spots, I understand why they have so many warnings posted.
Over all, with the careful footing for to the ice and the MANY pictures we stopped to take, the whole trek took us 4.5 hr's. And we finished just in time as the sun was going down and the rain began.
Overall a great first time experience at Rickets Glenn. We must have discussed or future trips back half a dozen times over the hike.

Great Hike with plenty of variety and fantastic views.

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.

Easy moderate trail. Very enjoyable

hiking
1 month ago

Pros- easy trail to follow with plenty of trail blazes, waterfall was beautiful, falls were really roaring with recent snow and a good portion of it was frozen which added to the beauty of it (falls is located on the blue/yellow trail right off the main blue trail), views of the lake were ok (views would probably be a lot better earlier in fall with more color)
cons- nothing much to see other than the waterfall, lots of trash around the lake which is very upsetting (I wish people would just clean up after themselves), trail was getting pretty busy as I was finishing up and parking lot was packed when I made it back

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.

Amazing in the winter.

My son took me out on Falls Trail the day before Thanksgiving. He is an experienced climber and guide and I learned a lot about hiking in winter. We were the only people on the trail and got to see the falls in a pristine snow-covered setting. Unbelievable. We went to Waters Meet and then turned around, as it was pretty strenuous for me. It was incredibly beautiful.

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.

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

Relatively easy hike, following a red and yellow blaze trail. On the weekends lots of people hike part of this trail to get to the fire tower, which offers great views over the entire area. Beyond the fire tower it gets quite.

trail running
2 months ago

No complaints here. The trail was certainly hard just as it states. The trail was very well marked and even with 2” of snow on the ground it was still very enjoyable. I would not however, recommend this trail for a long run in the winter. The snow covered many rocks and made larger rocks very slippery. I had to hike many spots for that reason but slowing down a bit made it manageable. Good views at the top of the peaks and quite a bit of elevation. I did an out and back starting south from the starting point I got from the AllTrails directions. I finished with just over 20 miles and my gps read 4200’ of elevation gain. Definitely a workout so be prepared. Awesome trail, I will definitely be going back again in the spring.

Happy running,
Ultra Ryan

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