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Best trails in Bear Mountain State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Bear Mountain State Park, New York? AllTrails has 31 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 17 moderate trails in Bear Mountain State Park ranging from 0.6 to 7.8 miles and from 6 to 1,299 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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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Map of trails in Bear Mountain State Park
Park information
Acreage:
5,205 acres
Park hours
Monday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
(845) 786-2701
Helpful links
Top trails (31)
#1 - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
This steep incline up to Bear Mountain summit features incredible views. Please note that the parking lot fills up very fast on the weekends. Please note that the entrance closes periodically due to the storms. Check the park website before going: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/13/details.aspx The loop uses both the Appalachian Trail and the Major Welch Trail. The route can be done in either direction, but many people choose to go counter-clockwise.Show more
#2 - Popolopen Torne Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area. Also, this trail begins at the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. There is hiker parking about 1/4 mile north of the Historic Site parking (please use hiker parking on weekends). From the parking lot and at the stone staircase, follow the light blue blazes that takes you under the 9W viaduct bridge. If completing the trail as pictured on AllTrails, bear right at the first trail intersection and loop around (heading East) to get to the West side of Route 9W bridge and start the Torne hike at the Red and White Blaze trailhead. Show more
#3 - Perkins Memorial Tower via Appalachian Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#4 - Dunderberg, Bald Mountain, and The Timp Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m
Start at a parking area on US 9W near Jones Point, taking the joint Ramapo-Dunderberg (red) and Timp-Torne Trails (blue) up a fairly steep incline. When the trails split, turn right with the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which continues up Dunderberg, with several spots where there are fine views of the Hudson River. After the intersection with the Cornell Mine Trail (blue), stay on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which now climbs Bald Mountain, passing several remnants of the Cornell Mine along the way. There is another marvelous viewpoint at the top of Bald Mountain. The trail then descends. At the intersection with the Timp-Torne Trail, turn onto it, which ascends to the Timp, with great views, particularly of the NY City skyline. Retrace your steps, and stay on the Timp-Torne Trail is it winds its way back to your starting point, passing through more remains of the Dunderberg railway works, and affording some more great views of the Hudson River.Show more
#5 - Timp Torne Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 44 m
NOTE: During winter months, the parking area may be closed for the season. Please read reviews for tips on how to get to the trail during these months.Show more
#6 - Doodletown Bridle Path Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Highlights include grand views of the Hudson River Valley, historic revolutionary roads, Doodletown Reservoir, mining area, and awesome Split Rock Falls. Free parking is available. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
#7 - Timp Torne Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Start at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area and hike into Bear Mountain State Park via the Fawn trail. The Fawn trail intersects the Timp Torne trail which you can follow South up the ridge leading to Western Mountain then turn East towards Jones Point overlooking the Hudson River. When you reach Timp's peak, you have a great (distant) view of Manhattan. Bring food and water!Show more
#8 - West Mountain Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
#9 - Bald Mountain Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
#10 - Timp-Torne Trail and Dunderberg Spiral Railway and Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Note: As of August 22, 2020, there was a lot of storm damage and felled trees still so be careful and mindful. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
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