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My friend and I didn’t really plan the hike to well we just knew we wanted to find a good hike and solid camp. We started parked at woodlands and was told to just go up the trail in the parking lot. 2pm we hit the trail thinking we were going towardsWittenberg but we ended up doing a different trail towards panther. We ended up going towards slide at the crossroads for the parking Lot for Panther, panther mountain and slide. Was a pretty cool trail until it turned us onto a road. Thank god other travelers were going the opposite direction directing us a mile down the road to slide mountain. Saw some awesome but limited views. We got below 3500ft and set up camp and cooked right about 6pm. Next morning we made our coffee and breakfast hit the trail and saw the best views at Cornell and Wittenberg. We started at 730 and finished both peaks and back to woodlands parking lot at 10. Overall hike was well marked and happy we did the way we went because going the opposite way you have to climb a lot more and is a little tough with a pack.

Great trail! My wife and I had a great day this past Sunday. Met a lot of nice people on the trail. It's definitely a continuous climb to the top, but worth the view.

Today was a gorgeous day for a hike and I was able to take some amazing pictures. The views were breathtaking. Once we found where the blue blazer trail started it was very easy for follow. This trail can definitely be done in sneakers. Bring some snacks, there are plenty of nice places to stop and enjoy the view! Beware of snakes!!! We saw 3 snakes today with the last one being a HUGE black snake so keep your eyes open especially when you get to the part of the trail where you are deep in the woods. That is where we spotted the biggest snake any of us have ever seen

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.

Being the highest peak in the Catskills I anticipated more of a grueling hike up but that was not the case. Typical Catskill hike...rocks everywhere on the trail and a limited view from the peak. There are a couple viewing spots off the trail up that offer nice views of the rest of the Burroughs Range.

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.

This is the tallest peak in CT, so it should be noted that it is a fairly steep and steady climb the first 2 miles, up up up! it relaxes a bit after that until the last mile, we went left (instead of doing the paradise lane trail) to the summit and clocked it at 7 miles total. Not sure how this site is saying 6, because the paradise lane trail looks longer. The view is stunning and worth it.

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

Short hike with nice views at the top! Only saw a few people on the 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.

Great for a lunch trip - My goal was to go to summit without stopping, did it in just under 90 minutes and I would say it was a moderate pace for first 2 miles then slow (steep) for the last mile. Gorgeous views and multiple vantage points of the lake to explore at the top.

Where’s this waterfall???

hiking
5 days ago

The rating for the hike is appropriate. It gets a little steep at points so just be prepared. Make sure you have the appropriate foot wear with good grip. There were a decent amount of shaded areas a well as non shaded towards the top. Overall it was a great day outdoors.

This is a great short hike with awesome views at the top, don’t be fooled it is not very easy but a good solid shirt hike. This is my go to daily hike.

I’m an avid hiker so this hike was a piece of cake. I followed this route exactly and it was all very clearly marked. Beautiful views from the top!

Really great day hike. First two miles or so we’re pretty tame. Last mile kicked it up to the summit. Brought our 2 yr old German Shepherd and she loved it. Some pretty serious scaling up towards the top. She did better than I did...

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.

hiking
8 days ago

I’ve hiked buck several times. It’s a great hike, closer than most for me, but it’s always very crowded, more than most I’m assuming because of proximity, with people that have little trail etiquette and more trash in the area. This would be a good mountain for more education on etiquette to be available. I now will typically only hike it in the off season very early in the AM.

Moderate and Beautiful trail. One of our favorites to get a quick heart rate spike, sweat and delicious blueberries at the top.

This is a way above average trail loop. One half of the distance is along a fairly basic gravel road but even that part had water features and views and geology to look at. We did the more boring gravel road part first then came back on the Rainbow Falls and Mossy Glen trails on the way back. There were some seriously interesting obstacles (giant rock drop offs etc) to navigate on the Rainbow Falls trail but they are appropriate for a moderate hike in proper footwear.

Very highly recommended. A nice save from our original plans which were in the Mohonk Preserve which has the nerve to charge 15 dollars PER HIKER to go into their land. I'm sure it's a lovely place but that's a very luxurious asking price for a hike.

Steep incline. The trailhead marker looks like the flag of Japan

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.

Trail turned out to be more challenging than we expected but overall and so far our best hike of the year! On the way back we haven’t met almost no one so it was freaky to feel alone in the woods but we made out alive , well and before the dusk. I wouldn’t recommend bringing small kids, inexperienced pets and elderly, elevation more that 1600 ft and for the most part you just keep going up like on stepmaster. Bring lots of water and be wise with time, you ‘ll be fine

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.

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