Bear Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 646 reviews
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Bear Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately 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
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

rocky

scramble

Steep inclines up to Bear Mtn summit - features incredible views

17 days ago

Fairly steep assent after walk along the lake . At the Tower trail in under construction and poorly marked .
Decent is not difficult- a lot of steps

hiking
20 days ago

21 days ago

great hike and views, just way too crowded

I did this hike several weeks ago. Was nice and had a few challenging sections, but it was insanely crowded on a Saturday. So many tourists and the back end was all stairs down. We waited in a single file line to get down with all the people. It was a little crazy!

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike

hiking
28 days ago

Lots of rocks! I made it all the way to the top tower of the mountain, alot of people here only reviewed on did half. Total of 8 miles! Lots of bugs on the way down. Would definitely do it again.

1 month ago

Great Hike. We took our children ages 11 and 14. We took the harder route - its was certainly challenging! The easy route is definitely busier and has many more hikers.

1 month ago

Definitely recommend the AT on the way down. Would not want to reverse scramble that Major Welch trail downhill. Major Welch was gorgeous on the way up, though. Wear something grippy on your feet. Sure, Bear Mountain is a bit too populated, but the hike up is exhilarating, and you cannot beat the view at the summit.

1 month ago

hard hike up the rocks if you dont take the easy trail. not recommended on rainy days! but absolutely beautiful views!! great hike

1 month ago

Great scenic view, awful amount of people on the weekend. Was relaxing but wasn’t....

Too slick and wet under foot on the “gentle” way down. The way up was good and we were warned to come down the same way as we went up.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Relatively easy and fun hike with some scrambling. Way too crowded though.

hiking
1 month ago

Tons and tons of school kids. Loud. Playing music on their phones quite loudly. Super loud bus loads of tourists at the top.

Markers were poorly displayed along the scramble area. Difficult climb but it was a fun one. Not sure I’ll do this one again though due to the noise.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Challenging for someone who is fit but not an avid hiker! Enjoyed the views!! Can’t wait to try another one!

hiking
2 months ago

Didn't like that there was so much people, the view was nice and steep steps to the top.

2 months ago

Pretty easy trail with a decent view for the effort. I really enjoyed this one it made for a nice day trip upstate.

2 months ago

Beautiful views, some nice clambering and scrambling, some of the nicest trailwork I have seen coming down- a little crowded on a fall weekend in September- well marked, vending machines at Summit- oh and did I mention you can drive up to the top- so lots of people up there who didn't work for the views. Great hike overall!

hiking
2 months ago

pretty decent trail with some steep elevation

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