Looking for a great trail in Bear Mountain State Park, New York? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Bear Mountain State Park ranging from 1 to 7.8 miles and from 6 to 1,295 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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!

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rocky
20 hours ago

This trail was pretty awesome. I would Definitely recommend this trail for new hikers.

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. :)

nice summit - cadets bring rocks. Great view at top.

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.

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scramble
1 day ago

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

The app failed and I Lost the trail a few times. Overall, a decent workout, but almost no views and limited Wild life.

I was a little disappointed in the Doodketown 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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rocky
6 days ago

Pretty fun hike with great views but very crowded

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rocky
6 days ago

The best way to start is counter clockwise as is just a little bit more challenging than starting clockwise where the stairs are. Wear good shoes that grip as you will encounter some areas full of rocks. Once you get to the top you'll have great views and can even city NYC from afar on a clear day.

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rocky
6 days ago

parked at the office lot, trailhead was a short walk away. started on the red trail and then took AT back. steep stretches up bare rock - maybe avoid on rainy days, need footwear with good grip! tower at the summit. coming back down was all stairs and very fast. took 3hrs at a leisurely pace with ample breaks and lunch.

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rocky
7 days ago

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rocky
scramble
8 days ago

We did this trail counterclockwise. Steep sections, but not difficult. Some nice views at the top. We missed the sharp right left turn to 1776 E. No markers - thank goodness for all trails which put us back on track. Came back via the 1776 E than 1776 W. It’s basically a road and not that interesting except for the signs where the houses used to be.

Went on a Saturday in early September and loved how empty the trail was. Only saw four or five other groups. A couple good scenic viewpoints. Liked how within the first mile or so, we got out of range of hearing the highway. Challenging, but not too hard of a hike. Would recommend!

hiking
8 days ago

I hiked this trail with a 10 year old girl and 13 year old boy and they were fine. There is a section with ropes but they weren't really needed. Don't forget to bring your rock to add to the collection at the top to honor fallen service members. Truly inspiring memorial!

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scramble
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

It was definitely really pretty and there were nice views along the way, but it’s really easy to get knocked off this trail. Pay close attention to the markers (sometimes there were none) and to your GPS. We went clockwise, but you should definitely do it counter clockwise. On the way back we got lost when the blue merged with the white trail. Had to bushwack and it wasn’t great, so make sure your phone is charged and pay close attention to your GPS, it’s definitely worth it. Very pretty!

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9 days ago

Stroller friendly so bring your baby ))

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rocky
scramble
9 days ago

second half was moderate - accurate to the trail rating. first half, not so much. we've hiked much easier trails that were listed as "hard". I seriously suggest re-labeling this one...

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rocky
scramble
9 days ago

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rocky
scramble
9 days ago

Trail needs better marking. Not as moderate as expected.

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