Bear Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 510 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
1227 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

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5 days ago

Very nice alternative to hiking up the AT steps, which we usually do. Quite a bit of rock scrambling at the top. It took us about 2 1/2 hours with a few breaks along the way. We brought our 8 year old and he did fine.

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8 days ago

A solid challenge on the way up, nothing to bad. At times you will use your hands for balance while climbing up on some of the terrain. I would suggest you be in mild to decent shape if you are a beginner. Bring enough water, there is a vending machine at the top if you want Gatorade. Easy coast down, on the Appalachian trail with a lot of groomed stairs, which is a great cool down for the legs. The full loop was great! Great views.

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11 days ago

My sister and I loved this hike especially the Major Welch portion. It was tougher than we thought and there were several places we were actually in all fours. The views were well worth the effort though. Make sure you have hiking shoes or good support sneakers and plenty of water. We almost skipped the hike because many people complained about the crowds. We began by 8:30 and hiked all the way up in solitude. It was very busy when we came back down in Appalachian trail however.

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16 days ago

Amazing hike with kids !

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19 days ago

One of the great hikes, esp the major welch trail is with large steep rocks. We headed back through Appalachian trail which is much smoother compared the major welch. The view is good. Unlike other hikes, this place is not dense with trees and you can still hear the car sounds even at the top of the mountain.

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19 days ago