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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!

hiking
3 days ago

So many amazing views, very quiet trails -such a great hike!

Great views of the bear mountain bridge and surrounding area!

Hiked on 9/29. Amazing, not too strenuous, short hike with one of the best views above the Hudson.

pretty good hike with a nice view of the bear mountain bridge and the Hudson river

From 9W where the trail head launches the immediate 2 Miles are a strenuous 350 foot ascent. We hiked underneath a storm system covering the lower Catskills and the north side of bear Mountain...but it only rained for the last 2 hours. The trail was very icy and slushy in most parts and I would not advise hiking without micro spikes bc it would be way too dangerous. Please be advised that there are other trails that intersect with this loop and it is VERY EASY to lose your way! This is a difficult hike in every sense of the word when conditions are this icy and wet. We handled it gracefully, however you must bring heaps of water and food to complete this journey. The views of the Hudson and the torne are exquisite but I feel they are more pretty bc the trail demanded such effort to survive. Hiking this in February requires a careful calculus of time needed to complete this loop, and with our gear and current trail/weather conditions we were lucky to finish before darkness.

I would probably not hike here in warmer months bc of growth and the other trails that intersect as it would make it too tight in the growth and trafficked. However, it is without question a beautiful part of rockland county and the hike offers tremendous terrain, elevation gain and careful decision making.

Have fun!

Cool views but you can drive to the top so it was pretty crowded.

Everything, including the leaves on the ground, were covered by a thin sheet of slippery ice. This slowed me down a bit, but the whole trail was beautiful. Climbing Bald Mountain with all the ice was difficult but satisfying once I got to the top. The views from the top of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Bear Mountain Bridge were amazing, I cut the hike short due to the ice and wound up returning on Pleasant Valley Rd. I was able to explore the ruins of the abandoned homes and cemeteries of Doodletown to close out the day.

Very scenic trail and great for a long walk.
Not hard at all.

Great out and back trail of moderate difficulty. Awesome end viewpoint overlooking the Hudson River and is a great picnic spot. Views along the way can be a little boring. Steep portions for sure! Loses a star only due to its extreme overuse and being out and back....you constantly have to move out of the way to get past people which is distracting from the scenery.

hiking
28 days ago

Difficult but manageable

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike but very very icy on the Major Welch portion, be prepared if you come in the winter.

The trail was beautiful, the bald mountain section was incredibly difficult on the downswing. ( way too much ice ) I’d give it another week of the January thaw before attempting again. Besides the ice which is obvious for this time of the year, our group had a blast

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike with fantastic views!

Beautiful and well maintained trail; The 300 + stone steps at the beginning can be hard on knees for older folks and non hikers. A 15 minutes walk around the lake to warm up before starting the hike will help. The view from the Perkin Tower & history of the Palisades park portrayed in the tower is well worth the efforts.

Trails badly marked, not maintained the best. There’s just so many other great options in the area.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with great views. Lots of different trails, make sure you map out before you hit the trails if you're not familiar. We went with snow which added to the scenery!

Well marked trail with a longer less steep option along the AT plus a steeper shorter option behind old bear mountain bridge house.

We were lucky to have best timing for hike right before first snow, see video below

https://youtu.be/gG-AuwKkQAs

It’s a fun run with two beautiful views. I am a city marathoner and trying to mix things up a little. Some parts were really quite rocky, so have the right shoes and prepare for your ankles to hurt the next day haha (great to see an immediate training effect different from asphalt running). At some points it was a little too rocky to really enjoy it as a run, which is why I am giving 4 stars.
Took us around 1.30 h to finish. Trail marks were pretty solid and we rarely had trouble staying on the path, particularly in combination with the app, which is really required because the suggested trail is a mix of two actual trails in the area, I.e. the color / kind of marks to follow change back and forth throughout this hike / run.

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