Explore the most popular Lake 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.

hiking
muddy
scramble
1 day ago

Great trail, though agree with others that it’s moderate/hard. Definitely take the loop counter clockwise, much easier to scramble up than down. Additionally, if hiking with a dog you cannot go through the zoo/nature center. Instead take the bypass that takes you around the zoo. You will see a sign right before you go under the Bear Mt. Bridge, it reads “to Bear Mountain State Park”. This is a slight deviation from the trail marked on All Trails.

hiking
off trail
rocky
1 day ago

Lovely hike. One really steep section but the rest is very manageable and kid friendly and the steep section comes about 1/3rd in.

Nice stroll on a blacktop footpath. You can also see the rescue zoo and the Bear Mountain Inn.

Nice hike.. good views of the Hudson and the bridge from the top of Popolopen Torne. The memorial was cool. We threw in the detour around the pond. It was a great birthday hike!

hiking
10 days ago

This was a great trail for a cold Saturday - I think the weather kept the crowds away so there were not as many people even on the staircase section. Be prepared for a small scramble on the northern side of the loop.

hiking
muddy
rocky
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail very scenic pretty easy to do in 3 hours

hiking
icy
muddy
21 days ago

Good trail. Was not a huge fan of the man made stairs. Because of the stairs it makes it much more of a walk in the woods vs a hike. However the other half was great.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
28 days ago

I recommend do the stair last on a wet day

hiking
snow
29 days ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Good but muddy trail on an unseasonably warm January day. Difficult rock scrambles on the way up. Views to NYC at the peak. The way down is more of a set of stairs and was heavily trafficked with people and dogs.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
fee
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Highly populated on the first half of the hike going clockwise. But the views at the top are lovely. Also, prepare to pay for parking by the inn.

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