Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Moderate hike. Gorgeous views.

Beautiful hike!

A nice hike with a bit of a challenge but totally manageable for my 30 pound pup. I agree with others that this trail is more fun counter clockwise than clockwise. Some nice rock scrambles going that way which were fun to climb up but seemed like they’d be a challenge and unpleasant to go down. After reaching the tower, the trail is downhill and mostly stairs. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it’s a bit crowded at the tower and on the second half, and it’s close to the roadway in parts (even requiring you to cross a road at one point). You should know there is a $10 parking fee. I’ve been to a bunch of Harriman trails, but this was my first time parking by Bear Mountain and it took me by surprise. I’d love to do this again and explore some of the secondary trails.

OK hike. Hard uphill to start. once you make to the blue trail, it becomes very easy. Saw kids on the hike. Views are very nice it and make the hike worth it.

Solid up. Go up near the lake it’s a better route up than down if you’re looping

hiking
4 days ago

We hiked on this trail a year ago (Sept 9, 2017) starting from the other side of Hudson River, at Brooks Lake. We hiked through the woods up to Fort Montgomerry and afterward we crossed a pedestrian bridge over Popolopen Creek, then continued over Hudson River bridge. From here we reached the starting point of Anthony's Nose trail. Both parts of this trails were rewarding. This in-and-out extended trail was a little more 9 miles.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike (easily accessible from New York City by train). Great views on Hudson valley.

Think it's better to hike this in reverse from what is shown here - go up Major Welch and down the AT. I avoided doing this hike for a long time because it's not as fun to be on a peak that people can simply drive to. I shouldn't have waited so long. There are some great views going up Welch (back down to the Hudson and over to Popolopen Torne) as well as some mildly steep rock scrambling. The views from the top of Bear Mountain are pretty great looking south toward Dunderberg, the Timp and beyond. If you climb to the top of the Perkins Tower you can see out in all directions. I do wish people would be more considerate with litter. There were places on the AT that were strewn with garbage, and there was litter in several places at the peak, even though there were garbage cans nearby. Why? They are rerouting the AT from the top of Bear down through a new area that won't require you to walk along the road as much. The stretch of the AT is one of the nicer maintained trails I've seen - nice and wide with plenty of easy stone steps. That didn't keep some jackasses from trying to bushwhack downhill to avoid switchbacks. My only gripe with this hike: human beings.

Wow, moderate climbs with great views only an hour from NYC. We hiked clockwise on the loop...this is a great way to go, lots of great views off the Hudson River on the way to the high point of the trail. Sneakers or trail runners are suffice for this hike as they provide ample grip on the rocks. Well maintained trail with easy to follow blazes. Added bonus is you get a little time on the AT for my fellow hiking junkies. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake after your hike.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Very demanding going up...fallow red circle to the top.

Major Welch to Appalachian trail was great. Some steep inclines on the way up with beautiful views both ascending and descending. Tough in some spots but all in all a moderate trail. Bring a water bottle or 2! If you bring your drone like I did be prepared to be yelled at by the park ranger at the top by the memorial. Mid trail they won’t bother you.

We hiked up Major Welch (you have to walk along the lake for a bit until you see the sign on your left for MW- the trail sign is a white square with a red circle inside) & took the Appalachian trail (marked white) back down. I would say the trail is moderate! Start early to avoid the crowds. MW had a lot of rock scrambling and wasn’t an easy hike, the AT on the way down was basically taking stairs down. Took us about 3 hours to do the loop with 5 breaks!

the view at the top makes this a rewarding hike!! make sure you bring plenty of water cause 2 per person wasnt enough. lots of sweating, especially during the rock scramble.

Love this hike. The first couple of miles aren't too exciting - you're gaining altitude and though it looks like there should be views, you never really get any until the Timp Trail hooks back and goes along a ridge overlooking the Hudson, with views across and down river. The real payoff comes later at The Timp and Bald Mountain. To get the views at The Timp you need to go beyond what the AllTrails route shows. Just follow the blue blazes up a little climb and you'll see views back to the Hudson, then the trail rises again and turns to the west. From there you have great views over the entirety of Harriman State Park, across to West Mountain where you can see the shelter, and over to Bear Mountain, with the Perkins Tower visible. Great great views and a perfect place to stop for a bite and some water. From there to Bald Mountain the path is not too strenuous. Just go straight at the cairn when you cross the 1777 Trail. From Baldie you have more great views of Bear Mountain, the Bear Mountain Bridge and the Hudson looking north. Heading back on the red dot Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, just keep following the blazes. There are a couple of tricky places where woods roads cross, so check your location. There are some ups and downs on this part of the R-D, as well as a few more good views. Finally the red dot trail curls around and goes south. Keep following it to the split with the blue Timp trail then back to the parking area. Careful, the footing is a little tricky on the pile of castings left behind after the railroad was abandoned. I did 9+ miles including The Timp views.

A great trail that’s challenging on the north eastern end. If you’re bringing your dog, you may need to assist them along the path. Once you head down the path towards the AT it gets much easier. The trail becomes more professionally manicured for hiking. Would definitely hike it again.

Easy walk. Not even hiking really. Very pretty.

Great for half-day activity. Better to go up Major Welch and come down via AT. MW has more rocky sections, much easier for climbing, going up. Amazing views!

hiking
24 days ago

Fun but short hike. Strenuous uphill but it’s over quick, and the rest of the trail feels too short! Nice though, and beautiful views from the top.

Not that hard. Family and pets friendly. Very nice.

never really hiked before. first time with some friends. had a blast. not super hard but some areas were challenging. great time overall. definitely need solid shoes with good traction if you take the Weltch trail to the Appalachian, to the Blue trail as your loop.

trail running
25 days ago

Not really a loop unless you turn off on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail for a few miles and loop back into the Timp-Torne Trail.

Sick views once you reach bald mountain.

Not an easy run, but a doable 7.5 Miles with just over 2000 feet of vert.

Free parking and easy access from the Timp-Torne Trailhead on Route 202 (shorter and easier distance from NYC than Bear Mountain).

Lots of wimpy reviews on here. I wear shorts, singlet, bring a few gels and a handheld water bottle, that’s it.

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Great hike with great view points

Multiple peaks with short but steep climbs. The trail marking is HORRIBLE - we had to have our AllTrails map out the entire time. We took multiple wrong turns. I wouldn’t say to avoid this trail, just be cognizant of trail markers.

trail running
30 days ago

Not great for trail running, because most of this is not runnable. That being said — great views, totally worth it.

adventurous and we found a great place to camp!

Great trail, a little too crowded in the summer weekends.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hiking trail. A little rock scrambling on the way up. Stunning views especially of the Bear Mountain Bridge.

Great hiking trail with beautiful views. Be prepare to climb lots of stairs. We went up Major Welsh and came down it too.

We went up the Appalachian Trail first and though I'm not an avid hiker i was thinking, wow this is pretty easy - it's just a lot of stairs until the last part where it was more "nature-y" to the top. Views were great! Then we went down the Major Welch portion and i cursed the whole way down! Definitely lots of steep rocks and scrambling that I wasn't prepared for! But i did a lot of crab walking with my hands for balance and made it finally. I see a lot of people recommending going up MW and down AT and I'd recommend it if you're a less experienced hiker or have kids with you!

Very nice trail. Part of the path (right before doodletown) is unmarked. I had downloaded the map here and followed via GPS.

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