Bear Mountain Loop Trail

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Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,154 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

historic site

This steep incline up to Bear Mountain summit features incredible views.

hiking
4 hours ago

Not sure if I would consider this a moderate trail. We arrived before 10 on a Saturday and the parking lot was almost full. I don’t recommend bringing kids as there are certain parts that are very steep. Once you reach the top, the views are beautiful. We used OnlyTrails to guide us as the marking along the hike were not clear. Definitely a challenge, but worth it. It was packed but most people were good about wearing a mask and trying to keep a distance when passing each other.

hiking
bugs
scramble
1 day ago

Plenty of parking on a Thursday dispite a road sign on the parkway reporting that the lot was full. Solid moderate hike. The trailhead map is prooly designed and may be confusing for some. Trail blaze is also inconsistent at times. The south side of the "trail" is a bit more friendly for the less seasoned hikers. The north side of the trail has some fun scrambles but be sure to have proper footware. The trail had moderate traffic with only a handful of hikers wearing masks. Larger groups were also observed resting periodically on the trail making it difficult to maintain social distancing. Many of the trails also has trash scattered about (masks, bottles, cans, glass, wrappers, etc) even though there were plenty of trash cans at the summit and start of the trail. Overall a nice introduction hike (for adults and kids) if you do both sides and you are looking to get a taste of what it is like to do higher peaks.

hiking
1 day ago

There is no such thing as the Bear Mountain Loop trail. You will not find it on any map there. The “loop” consists of two parts - the Appalachian trail and Major Welch trail. Several tips. It is hard to find the entrance to Major Welch trail from the bottom of the mountain. the signs are few and misleading. We were unable to locate the entrance. So we started our trip from the Appalachian trail which takes you to the top. Pause here! You have to be in great shape to make it to the top. It’s consistent and mostly steep climbing the stairs for about one hour and some minutes. The nature and the views are great and there are many signs along the way describing how the stairs, the trails and the bridges were built. Impressive! Do read them! You will feel tremendous respect for human ingenuity and the hard work that went into making that trail. The views from the top are awesome! Spend awhile there, making pictures and just taking in the sheer beauty of the mountains. On the way down we did find the Major Welch trail. Nobody tells you but they should: unless you are a very experienced hiker and a great climber, don’t even think of going all the way down to the base. It’s very dangerous, it is definitely not “moderate”. Overall, the hike was great and the nature around is majestic. Make time for stopping, taking in the incredible mature woods around you, breathing in the sweet air and enjoy just being there.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Excellent Trail! Moderate seems a bit of an understatement... but still amazing. Views are great. Do not take your kids. Seriously. And prepare for elevation. Not a joke.

hiking
4 days ago

I went on a gorgeous sunny day and it was quite congested, both parking lots and the trails. I’d highly recommend getting their early on weekends. It was so packed cars were parking on the side of the road, which there were endless “No Parking” signs and those who did were issued tickets. There are two lots; one closer to the merry go round and another quarter of the mile up near the inn. The app says it was a moderate hike, however, if not experienced, it would be challenging. Very steep and slick slabs of rock must be climbed. The views are spectacular and well worth the exhaustion.

rocky
6 days ago

If you want to get more exercise, go clockwise. You'll be climbing and climbing.. We went counter clockwise and it was pretty easy for me. Towards the end, when we were coming down, we even ran. Also, it's the weekend, you'll meet A LOT of people on the way. The parking is limited too. We were waiting in line to park our car for at least 20 min. Overall, it was a great hike and few definitely amazing views.

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
bugs
7 days ago

I must say there are wonderful views. Downside is we went up the stairs first and there were so many people during this pandemic social distancing is required. Going down was a blast.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

First time on this trail and it was after some rain so decided to take the route clockwise since I wasn't sure how scrambling up would be with the wet rocks. Parking lot is huge so easily had space on a Friday. Way up was with stairs and was a great leg workout. Way down was a bit more challenging but enjoyed it. Views at the summit are worth it. Next time will take the route counter-clockwise to go up the scramble.

hiking
bugs
rocky
10 days ago

It was interesting to me that AllTrails views this trail as moderate. If you’re not an experienced hiker, you will think this trail is difficult. Especially on a hot day. There are parts that feel like climbing to the top is never ending, but the view is certainly rewarding. If you’re going around the mountain and doing the full loop around into the Paradise trail it’s going to take out about three hours total if you parked in the main lot. Going down the mountain is easy but be careful, it’s extremely rocky and steep on one side. Overall a very satisfying hike, anything connected to the AT is almost always a pleasure!

hiking
11 days ago

A lot of uphill but the views are worth it. Pretty popular trail so there will be traffic.

hiking
bugs
rocky
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

A lot of Stairs and uphill. It’s good for a work out!

Crazy crowded on the western half of the loop bring your mask!

hiking
11 days ago

Great views and a lot of fun climbing. It’s on the harder side of moderate. There are a lot of people using the trail which can get frustrating. People seem to leave garbage everywhere which was disappointing. Overall it was challenging and worth it for the views and the fun rocky terrain

hiking
11 days ago

Go really really early, we got there by 830 we took the trailer counterclockwise, if you are a beginning stick to clockwise, please wear good hiking sneakers, my friends sneakers even broke climbing the boulders, overall good, just very very crowded.

hiking
13 days ago

Go EARLY! tons of people not wearing masks. We got out of the trail just in time.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. Definitely a popular hike, crowded. If you start west, its leg/stairmaster day. If you start east, be prepared to climb up rocks. I prefer starting west to get my leg workout for the day. Definitely a great cardio workout. Tons of people!

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail, but crowded.

hiking
15 days ago

Super nice trail if not for the gross selfish people who use it. Speakers blasting from backpacks, trash everywhere, plastic bottles, masks laying every quarter mile. If not for the humans that treat it as they do their gross cockroach riddled homes it would be a pleasant hike indeed. Enjoy everyone! I’ll bring a trash bag next time to pick up after the child-adults.

hiking
15 days ago

great trail! tough! if you are going to veer off to the appalachian trail be prepared for steep cliffs in the way down - it’s tough

hiking
15 days ago

Nice hike. Make sure to go early and avoid the crowds. Go off the marked trail and challenge yourself on the Appalachian trail.

hiking
15 days ago

Crowded trail going up but fun and challenging. The other half of the trail wasn’t populated at all and was still lots of fun

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