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Bear Mountain 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 is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 1,154 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

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Scramble

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This steep incline up to Bear Mountain summit features incredible views. Please note that the parking lot fills up very fast on the weekends. 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.

New York State Division of Tourism, One Commerce Plaza , Albany, NY, 12245, Phone: 518-474-4116

Directions from Bear Mountain Toll Bridge, NY: Travel over the Hudson River and head south on Route 9W to Seven Lakes Drive. Park in the lot next to the mountain.

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Corinne Casey
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HikingRockyScramble

The first part of this hike, the Major Welch trail up, is DIFFICULT. There are a lot of straight upward rocky inclines. The views along the way and at the top are well worth it though. I also only encountered a few other people on my way up. Coming down, the AT is all stairs and more well maintained than the MW trail. It was also much more populated (I went on a Tuesday midday). There were a lot of families/ppl who didn’t really know trail etiquette/ weren’t wearing masks on the way down which was a bit of a bummer but this is definitely a crowded destination for good reason.

Jonathan Levinson
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Hiking

This trail should be marked DIFFICULT for normal, moderately fit adults. This is definitely for ages 14 and over. It is certainly NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN. Take it counter-clockwise like everyone suggests but be prepared that the first 1/3rd of the trail is often steep to the degree that the path provides a chain at one point to pull yourself up among the rocks. The last 2/3rds is going down stone steps.

Ralph Yamat
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HikingMuddyScramble
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Franklyn Ocsan
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Hiking

Trail is good, but lots of garbage around.

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Sofia D'Alessandro
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BugsGreat!Rocky

this is a good hike up, the trail gets a little hard to follow and there are some steep rocks to get up, flexibility is going to help you a lot. there are stone steps on the way down.

Spencer Inch
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Hiking

We took the Major Welch up to the memorial tower, then came down the Appalachian Trail back down to the lake. Quite a few steps (especially on the downhill), some short rocky scrambles, otherwise a fair hike through some nice terrain. Great views of the Shatemuc River, as named by the Lenape people on whose land this park resides. We hiked on a very hot day and recommend taking plenty of water with you, though there are vending machines at the top and bottom. On a Monday after Independence Day, not too crowded but there are definitely people around. Lots of shade, a few nice vistas, and some great ambiance on the AT section!

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Samantha A.
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail, but very rocky and lots of stairs!

Parth Shah
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Giulia P
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HikingScramble

Did it today in just 2 hours, it was early enough so not too sunny. The counterclockwise path is definitely a more adventurous way to go. Nice view at the top. Super crowded today on the way down, a lot of trash/bottles everywhere which made me really sad and upset... I wish people were more respectful, I haven’t seen this much trash on trails before.

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Scott Coulter
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

I really enjoyed this trail loop. I went counter clockwise up the Major Welch trail. That was a great workout. Rocky scramble at times but not to bad. Great views at the top. Also an ice cream machine at the tower lol. Took the stairs on the way down that was pretty crowded.

Alyssa Swan
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Hiking

This is a fun hike with changes in elevation, excellent look out point, and stairs on the way down (or the way up depending on your initial direction). Hiked this trail several times and never bored.

Meghan W
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Hiking

A nice, fun hike. The way down with the steps is a little monotonous but still enjoyable.

Kyly P
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Hiking

If you enjoy large groups of loud “hikers” and seeing piles of refuse everywhere, this is the place for you!

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Sindy Gonzalez
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Hiking

Good trail for beginners. Gets overcrowded and there’s a lot of trash.

Freddie Huang
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HikingOff trail
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Khyati Patel
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HikingRocky

This is a great hike however if you happen to be a casual hiker like me I would say this trail was difficult. It was a hard trail not moderate!!!! I would recommend using the trail counter clockwise. It is harder to scale the rocks on the way up so be sure to have proper footwear. On the way down is all stairs and lot quicker to get to the bottom. The views are worth the hard work!

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Rachel Hochberg
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Hiking

Went counterclockwise and the trail started off really rocky and was pretty steep at places, went down the easier way which was very well maintained and had stairs. Overall great hike and great views!! Way down was a bit crowded on the stairs

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brittany tuozzo
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Richard Bailey
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J Saini
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Rocky

We did the trail counter clockwise and were glad for it. Coming down, it was all stairs.. crowded with people and littered with trash.

Alec Kranyak
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HikingRockyScramble

Good hike and nice views along the way, however the stairs on the way down can be crowded.

Alejandro Alfaro
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