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Bald Mountain Loop is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,797 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Running Forest Views Wildlife Historic site Fee
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There is a fee of $10 per vehicle. Fees are collected on weekdays between 6/22-9/2. For the rest of the year, fees are only collected on the weekend. Empire Passholders can get in for free.

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Julie Romano
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Bjoern Hinrichsen
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Hiking

This is a great trail. Fairly challenging in terms of both, distance and terrain. Speaking of the former, it came in at 8.2 miles, quite a bit longer than advertised. Also, the advertised time of just over 4 hours is very optimistic. I would plan on 5.5 hours, including stoppages. Although the trail is well marked, you will need a GPS signal and a map (such as the one on this app), otherwise it is impossible to know which marking to follow. Finally, I recommend to do the trail counterclockwise. This way, you'll hike up the highest peak first and leave the easier return section for later.

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J. Li
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Yun Park
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Elizabeth Starling
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As others have noted the trail is not well marked in places so best to have a device to place yourself on the map. Also, it is longer than 7.1, more like 8.5 and the vertical was 1900. Numerous great viewing points, plus a great workout. I highly recommend.

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sandra horton
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Eric Moran
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cristine s
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Joshua Brandenburg
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Fantastic but actually 8.2 miles.

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John McTiernan
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has others said challenging and at points not well marked. I found this app very helpful to keep us on the path. parking, the parking lot is very small but parking on the road is allowed. overall very nice

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John Pfenning
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Sterling Espaillat
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Ilya Z
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Sergei Vorobyov
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Andrew Bracco
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Poorly marked and this app was no help. Put us in danger.

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Charity Dga
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Only do it if you are advanced!!! You will see bears and you may get lost! Be carful!! Be carful of snakes also!

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Damian Lopez
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Nicole Anne
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Nature trips

The 1777 portion was pretty overgrown. Lots of trees down from previous storms. Clocked in at 8.1 miles. Overall good trail

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Roy Rivera
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Erica Lourd
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This loop would be a lot better if it weren't for all of the downed trees blocking the path. The last couple of miles or so going past the former historic sites of buildings from Doodletown were also very overgrown, so we had to trek a lot through weeds and the trail was hard to follow. Hopefully it can be cleaned up relatively soon, I imagine it was mostly so blocked because of the recent storm that came through.

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S C
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Tough hike—exactly what we were looking for. We did this clockwise, followed the trail exactly as outlined, and finished in 4.5 hours. I can see what other people were saying about the trail being confusing at times, but we had the “maps.me” app downloaded + the markers were clear enough (once you knew which direction to look, and you knew when to expect a fork in the road)... so for us, it wasn’t too hard. I’d recommend getting some kind of map preparation beforehand—we met a group right before our hike who said that they couldn’t find Doodletown (?!?) ... Nice variety of terrain, 3+ tough uphills .... NOTE FOR CLOCKWISE: it seemed that there was a lot of flat-ish ground in the beginning, and a lot of the tougher/steeper ups and downs towards the end. The boyfriend says it’s his favorite so far. (We’ve hiked Mt Beacon and Breakneck Ridge before.)

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Moe Money
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Simon Cox
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Counter clockwise towards the end by the “concrete steps” is completely overgrown and there’s a tree down completely blocking the way. Rest of the hike was awesome, but that sucked. The whole doodletown area should be avoided.

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Denisse Vasquez
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