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Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, a dock on the Hudson for mooring small craft, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, a zoo and nature, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. The Perkins Memorial Tower atop Bear Mountain affords spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park. The Merry-Go-Round at Bear Mountain State Park features hand painted scenes of the park an 42 hand carved seats of native animals including black bear, wild turkey, deer, raccoon, skunk, Canada goose, fox, swan, bobcat, rabbit and more. For information about the Merry-Go-Round or to book a party please call (845) 786-2731

Nice hike, not too difficult. At one point you have to pass under a hand rail, after Popolopen Torne, Other than the mountain it is a quiet walk through the forest with only a few inclines.

Very nice alternative to hiking up the AT steps, which we usually do. Quite a bit of rock scrambling at the top. It took us about 2 1/2 hours with a few breaks along the way. We brought our 8 year old and he did fine.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

It is a challenging climb in that most of it is just quite directly uphill but the path is well trodden with stone steps. It is shady and beautiful and the view from the top of Anthony's Nose is simply gorgeous. Many people picnic up there and it seems like a perfect place to rest, enjoy the rolling green hills and the wide waters of the Hudson, refuel, and head down quite easily afterwards. What a lovely day, and a reasonable walk from the Metro North if coming from the city and carless.

A solid challenge on the way up, nothing to bad. At times you will use your hands for balance while climbing up on some of the terrain. I would suggest you be in mild to decent shape if you are a beginner. Bring enough water, there is a vending machine at the top if you want Gatorade. Easy coast down, on the Appalachian trail with a lot of groomed stairs, which is a great cool down for the legs. The full loop was great! Great views.