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Bear Mountain State Park sits in a rugged mountain setting on the west bank of the Hudson River in Rockland County , New York. The park is a 50 mile drive north from New York City via route 9W and has scenic views that go on for miles. Whether you are looking for a day trip or staying overnight in the Bear Mountain Inn, this park has a variety of activities to offer from hiking, to mountain biking and cross-country ski trails. Popular hiking trails within the park include Anthony's Nose, Bald Mountain, and Major Welch Trail. You can also take a drive up Perkins Memorial Drive to the Perkins Memorial Tower where you will find spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and the adjacent Harriman State Park. If you are looking for some family friendly activities, take advantage of the parks various picnic areas, take a ride on the Merry-go-round, or take a paddleboat out for a spin on Hessian Lake. You can also take a walk over the Bear Mountain Bridge for great views of the Hudson Valley and Hudson River below. Bear Mountain truly has something for everyone!

I took the loop. A bit more of a gradual incline compared to starting right at the bridge. Nice views and a lovely trail. I always hit the trails early but i would certainly recommend that for this trail. Its a popular one and gets very crowded after 8:30am.

great trail, good elevation climbs a handful of pretty steep rocky parts although nothing too tough, and definitely not dangerous.

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty much all rock going up. Moderate difficulty so it keeps the little kids away. Very nice views toward the top as you reach the Perkins Tower. Some of the views are obstructed until the leaves fall from the trees, but still plenty to see. Going down it's all steps and there was one moving waterfall.

hiking
7 days ago

The beginning is super intense incline about a good 30min worth all rocks . Was a challenge but a nice view. After there is another 30-40 min incline with steps which was a bit easier but still intense because of the length. Another great view when you reach the tower . Continued looping back again a few steep drops which you needed to sit , side and hold on to trees a bit to get through . Seemed like a bit more then moderate to me but then again I haven tried a “hard” trail yet

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing trail, would recommend walking sticks

hiking
15 days ago

I went on probably the most beautiful Saturday of the year, however, it was SUPER CROWDED. Besides the crowds, it’s not exactly in a remote or removed setting. You truly felt like you were hiking in a park, and not a boundless natural setting. The hike itself – distance, terrain, and variety of obstacles – all great. Just not a nature escape type of hike.

Great, moderately challenging day hike. We parked near the Inn and walked to the lake trail to join Major Welch. Unfortunately we did it clockwise, meaning we climbed the stairs and descended over the rocks. It was difficult and I would have liked to do the loop the opposite way. Regardless, great views! This gets 4 stars instead of 5 because it was crowded, even during the week, and we heard a lot of road noise. There was also a lot of litter, as noted by a previous commentator.

hiking
20 days ago

Fantastic hike. Varied terrain. A bit hard with some rock maneuvering but not dangerous. Definitely a core workout. The views and memorial at the summit are totally worth it. I recommend hiking or trail shoes. IMO is best to start it at the lot in Fort Montgomery, this way you’ll be able to unwind towards the end by trekking it down to the creek.

Excellent hike for fall.

one of the best hikes around NYC. Interesting cave and tunnel to explore

hiking
22 days ago

Definitely worth coming multiple times

Moderate hike. Gorgeous views.

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.

OK hike. Hard uphill to start. once you make to the blue trail, it becomes very easy. Saw kids on the hike. Views are very nice it and make the hike worth it.

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

hiking
29 days ago

We hiked on this trail a year ago (Sept 9, 2017) starting from the other side of Hudson River, at Brooks Lake. We hiked through the woods up to Fort Montgomerry and afterward we crossed a pedestrian bridge over Popolopen Creek, then continued over Hudson River bridge. From here we reached the starting point of Anthony's Nose trail. Both parts of this trails were rewarding. This in-and-out extended trail was a little more 9 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike (easily accessible from New York City by train). Great views on Hudson valley.

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.

Great hike up to one of the best overviews on the Hudson. The fact that you are set back a bit from the river makes it very dramatic, and the soldiers' memorial and cairn at the top is very moving. I did this hike clockwise, which I think is the best way. You have to follow busy roads for about a half mile from the hiker parking lot before you hit the trail that runs along the creek, but there are some nice views along the way. The Popolopen Gorge Trail has a fair bit of elevation gain, with some small views of the creek until you hit the footbridge where the blue Timp-Torne Trail meets it, Then it's a pretty steady ride up to the Torne with some really fun rock scrambling to get to the top. Enjoy the great views then head back down the other side, which is steep in places but has some ropes to help you down. The last part of the hike back on the blue trail is fairly uneventful, and you have to watch the blazes carefully, as you cross and follow roads a few times before you go under the bridge over the gorge and end at Fort Montgomery. You could add a loop around Brooks Lake if you wanted, but we didn't.

Start by crossing the Bridge, then crossing the road and entering the woods. More difficult to manage down the big rocks if you start on the trail at the edge and of the parking lot. Great trail though!

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

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.

We hiked up Major Welch (you have to walk along the lake for a bit until you see the sign on your left for MW- the trail sign is a white square with a red circle inside) & took the Appalachian trail (marked white) back down. I would say the trail is moderate! Start early to avoid the crowds. MW had a lot of rock scrambling and wasn’t an easy hike, the AT on the way down was basically taking stairs down. Took us about 3 hours to do the loop with 5 breaks!

the view at the top makes this a rewarding hike!! make sure you bring plenty of water cause 2 per person wasnt enough. lots of sweating, especially during the rock scramble.

Love this hike. The first couple of miles aren't too exciting - you're gaining altitude and though it looks like there should be views, you never really get any until the Timp Trail hooks back and goes along a ridge overlooking the Hudson, with views across and down river. The real payoff comes later at The Timp and Bald Mountain. To get the views at The Timp you need to go beyond what the AllTrails route shows. Just follow the blue blazes up a little climb and you'll see views back to the Hudson, then the trail rises again and turns to the west. From there you have great views over the entirety of Harriman State Park, across to West Mountain where you can see the shelter, and over to Bear Mountain, with the Perkins Tower visible. Great great views and a perfect place to stop for a bite and some water. From there to Bald Mountain the path is not too strenuous. Just go straight at the cairn when you cross the 1777 Trail. From Baldie you have more great views of Bear Mountain, the Bear Mountain Bridge and the Hudson looking north. Heading back on the red dot Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, just keep following the blazes. There are a couple of tricky places where woods roads cross, so check your location. There are some ups and downs on this part of the R-D, as well as a few more good views. Finally the red dot trail curls around and goes south. Keep following it to the split with the blue Timp trail then back to the parking area. Careful, the footing is a little tricky on the pile of castings left behind after the railroad was abandoned. I did 9+ miles including The Timp views.

A great trail that’s challenging on the north eastern end. If you’re bringing your dog, you may need to assist them along the path. Once you head down the path towards the AT it gets much easier. The trail becomes more professionally manicured for hiking. Would definitely hike it again.

Easy walk. Not even hiking really. Very pretty.

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