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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!

Great trail. Lots of rock scrambling. Definitely feel accomplished after.

9 hours ago

Pro: Well marked trail, good work out in a hot and humid day.
Cons: too much people and some people put loud music on the trail.

Awesome hike and views. Doesn’t always feel far enough away from civilization but still a great workout with cool scenery.

very crowded on a Saturday. I had to pay ten dollars for parking. the trail is not very well marked and stops at the road several times with long stretch down on paved road as well. I went up the red trail down white.

6/19/18 We walked south along the road from the parking area to find the trail and took the blue marked trail clockwise around the loop. It was an extraordinary hike but be cautious at the fingertip to turn right and follow the red dots on white background and not combined with blue hash marks.

This is a difficult hike especially when it’s hot and humid so bring plenty of water. There are great relics like and unfinished tunnels. Plenty of wildlife and lovely woodlands and scenic vistas especially the blooming mountain laurel.

Solid hike, decent views and a cool cave. Nothing too crazy but enjoyable.

Amazing views and a good climb

Amazing views of the Hudson River valley and Bear Mountain

Whenever our go to trails. Love it. Get there early.

One our go to trails. Love it. Must get there early.

Wow now this hiking trail has way too many Stairs that is what makes it challenging and when you arrived to the top there a road for car's to pass by I didn't like that it didn't really feel like a hiking trail.

Well I attempted to do the shorter version from Mine Road. I really wanted to get pictures of the memorial but at as I got up to the final scramble, I could barely get up as I began to slide down and decided it wasn't worth the risk. Don't let this scare you as I was carrying a heavy DSLR. If there is another way,let me know. I may attempt it again with less weight but not sure if it would have made a difference or not for me. I was so disappointed :-(

11 days ago

The summit and the view was amazing - especially on a clear, sunny day. Some spots were tricky too which was unexpected and welcomed.

Fun and dynamic hike! We did it in reverse for a little extra challenge.

12 days ago

The Hudson Valley is an incredible place, you have to visit here. We had four young kids with us and they all did great.. Awesome view of the valley. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.

Throughly enjoyed this hike...great views of the Hudson along with quiet walking in the woods. Ruins and the well graded roads are fascinating when the fact is considered that the construction took place from 1890-91 and was all done by manual labor. Large parking area off of 9W grants access to this adventure

Along with my two beagles and my friend, I started and parked the car at Perkins Memorial tower. This was probably not the smartest thing because in the end we had to climb back up to get back to where we parked the car. I would recommend starting at the Inn by Hessian Lake. Please be on the lookout for black snake as we saw one on the the climb back and was warned about it by another hiker on the way down toward the lake. Absolutely gorgeous view and a great satisfying hike.

Hiked up on Memorial Day w my wife & 2 small dogs . Fun rock scrambles and a steep start.

21 days ago

Nice hike with a few river views between lengthy parts in the woods.
Note: Ramapo-Dunderberg trail (White with Red Circle) has been re-routed between the Tomp-Torne (Blue) intersection to the Timp Pass and differs from the maps.

Nice trail. I must mention it is not completely out away from civilization so you may hear cars at times. Aside from that very beautiful trail and lovely view at the top.

Worth the work!!! Not a loop as stated though, you can take one of 3 ways up/ down the mountain. We took the red trail up and partially down and then took the white (Appalachian) trail down after the tower. It started out moderate then got relatively difficult relatively quick, several very steep sections leading to BEAUTIFUL views, breathtaking honestly, NYC in the distance was unreal. The hike down on the red/white to white trail was moderate and a breeze after the red trail up. Well worth it!!!

Been a while ago, but will be back! loved the hike!

really nice views and cute town. there is a shuttle that takes you to this trail from the station (The driver is named Johnny and is awesome!)

26 days ago

Nice little hike. The trail was a crowded and I didn't love hiking on the paved roads (although it does look like they might have been doing trail maintenance so this might be temporary). I'm never thrilled when you hike to a summit that people can drive to but I guess you can't really blame the mountain for that ;). The hike down the Major Welch section took a little longer than the hike up because of managing the rocks. I have been told by multiple NYers that this is a great hike....its not the hike they hyped it up to be. Completed this in about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Had lots of fun! Great views of the Hudson and surrounding hills. Multiple stop offs with views along the way.

Loved this trail. Lots of steep ups and downs. Continue past Anthony’s nose for the full effect!

Great day hike. I’d definitely recommend doing the trail counter-clockwise and not doing it at all if it’s rainy since the boulder scramble will be slippery.

1 month ago

Nice views of the Hudson. Had done this same hike a few years ago. Would not rate this as hard.

As others have said, difficult to follow. Other than the AT section, blazes are not very well maintained and a couple of junctions are very confusing. Had a map and AllTrails open at all times, and still made a number of wrong turns. Wasn’t a big deal in terms of time, but way less fun with your head buried in a map. If you live in NY area and itching to get out and do a workout, fine. Otherwise, meh.

Once it reopens would recommend breakneck ridge instead. Much more challenging and no navigation drama. Plus post hike in town of cold spring is great.

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