Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Bear Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good Hike, Lots of Stairs... We went on the first weekend of November and it was extremely crowded. Between the hundreds of people bused to Bear Mountain to hike, and the access for vehicles to drive directly to the top, we would sometimes have to stop and wait on the side of the trail for parades of people to pass. Not unheard of, but if you are looking for a more secluded hike then either come on a weekday or pick a different one for the weekend. It was also over 75% stairs in my opinion (but it was interesting to read the plaques and learn about the engineering of the stairs). The views at the top were great (we did see the NYC skyline) and we enjoyed climbing the stairs to the top of the tower and learning about the history. The only available parking for the trailhead that we could find is on the Bear Mountain Property and cost us $10. Overall a great hike and a great workout but not the relaxing nature experience you may be looking for.

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muddy
rocky
10 days ago

Anyone know if this trail is a total of 3.8 miles out and back or one way?

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off trail
rocky
28 days ago

Great trail! Mostly stairs , but doable ! A lot of foot traffic on a Sunday .. but totally worth It !

hiking
28 days ago

Very easy walk, fully paved. Dog and kid friendly. Parking costs $10. The loop is more of a walking trail, other trail heads off of it for more of the hike experience. This loop is within bear mountain park itself, this is good for strollers and a family day.

Great hike- I took a Lyft from Peekskill Metro North to the trailhead on Rte 9. Follow the blue blazes until the junction with signs- and then follow the white blazes with the red circle to get to the top of Bald Mountain. Well-worth the hike up- great views of Bear Mt and several others, as well as the Hudson. Warning- easy to go off trail here, and I did so several times. I used Gaia GPS and brought a charger for my phone.

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30 days ago

If you need a nice walk on black top you probably won’t do better than this part of Bear Mountain. Besides the lake there is a merry go round a small but interesting zoo and lots of informative signage.

Great hike, heavy traffic. Good exercise.

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scramble
1 month ago

Great views but a tough trail! Difficult to find the way and tough on the ankles with all the rocks. We made almost every wrong turn you could make.. There's no map of the trail when you get to the parking lot so I'd recommend downloading ahead of time. With the road at your back, the trail begins on the left side of the lot. Follow plain white blazes to the fork where the Appalachian sign is. This is where the loop begins. We went counterclockwise (South). Then follow the white blazes with the red F until you reach the blue trail. If you're on the bike path you went too far. Go left onto the blue trail. This becomes blue and yellow for awhile, but in many areas does not show the yellow blazes. Take a left onto the yellow trail. If you run into the shelter you went too far (on the blue trail). Follow yellow for awhile. Then turn left onto the white trail (with red Fs). There are still some small sections of incline on this trail. Then when you reach another fork of white with red Fs (left) and plain white (right), go right towards the plain white blazes. This will lead back to the original fork with the Appalachian Trail sign.

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rocky
1 month ago

I like it a lot. Mostly stairs up thru the tower. Amazing view half way thru the trail of the skyline. This is my second time on a weekend and never feels too trafficked to the point where you’re not enjoying it. Clean, no bugs flying around. I really like it!! Then you must do the lake trail loop. I’d drive the 1.5 hours to get here again...

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1 month ago

It was a less trafficked trail but the views were not that stunning as compared I have seen in other similar trails. It took a ya about 4 hours.

Decent parts, pretty moderate trail. Not hard. No peak views. Good for historic views.

Be advised this route is closer to 10 or 11 miles. It’s beautiful though!

This was a perfect trail for a novice like my self to test a moderate rated hike. My friend and I found it slightly challenging but quite doable. Plenty of rest stops and amazing views along the way. gave us the confidence to try a longer, slightly more elevated hike in near future. oh...and we did not come across a rock scramble. Not sure how we missed that. :)

Trail was a hard start and got a little better during the valley. Had a ton of up hill and the down hills only got hard to the end. To conclude, it was a hard trail but well worth the effort.

Awesome trail! Definitely a bit of effort but worth it. Good combination of terrains and views. Some great ups. Near the top of the summit we saw a timber rattler snake. Nice big one. I highly recommend this trail.

Challenging extremely fun with one of the best views in NYS keep an eye out for the rattle snakes!!

Went on a Saturday morning. Started around 9 am. Trail not crowded on the way up. Took loop counterclockwise which is the better way way up. For a moderate hike. Some scrambles and great view at top. The way down was easier many rock steps. If you want a good hike definitely go counterclockwise. Overall enjoyable hike

I was a little disappointed in the Doodletown ruins. At many “sites”, there was just a placard saying whose house had been there, but you couldn’t see a foundation. Maybe there was one there and it was so overgrown with greenery that you just couldn’t see it. The summit was very nice however, with great views of mountains and the Hudson River. No bugs at all on the day I hiked.

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2 months ago

Stroller friendly so bring your baby ))

Great start...some scenic views but the backside was a little boring.

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2 months ago

-neg: too many sections of either old road or atv trails. also some sections of trail(only hiking) is covered with man made pulverized stone which is very ugly. +pos: sum sections of hiking trail r fun scramble dancing, hardly traversed by many people fun. would like to maybe explore other options to skip the sections i dislike or think r boring.

Great trail. Took my brother and I (25 and 28 years old) just under 3 hours to do the full loop. If you head right on the loop, be aware that the trail becomes easy to miss at one spot about 0.5 miles in. The second half of the loop is mostly flat and shaded and runs directly through old Doodletown. Had our dog off leash with no problems. Ran into other groups every half hour or so.

It was a nice moderate trail for a few hours of hiking. It took us 3 hours with some stops along the way. The peak is crowded but the way up along the Major Welch trail was not too crowded and was pretty scenic. Some decent rock scrambles on the way up as well.

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over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Really nice trail. Hiked mid day on a Saturday and it was not crowded at all. Make sure to record otherwise it's easy to get lost. There are lots of trails and trail markers. Some beautiful views. Hiked with my dog and was able to trail run a little in parts.

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