Bear Mountain Trail from Cranberry Lake Campground

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Bear Mountain Trail from Cranberry Lake Campground is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cranberry Lake, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

2.4- mile loop trail with access to a larger trail network. The 5 Ponds Partners have created the "Cranberry Lake 50" or CL50, a 50 mile loop hike. This trail begins at a parking area adjacent to Campsite 27 in the Cranberry Lake campground and ends in Loop IV of the campground. Several vistas overlook the lake from the mountain. There is a lean-to that is located 0.6 mile from the parking area.

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1 month ago

A pleasant hike with one nice view of Cranberry Lake. The listed mileage is for an out and back, although most people do the loop by walking through the campsite to the other trailhead. If you do the loop through the campsite the mileage is 3.4 miles. It is an easy hike from the first trailhead to the top; if you go from the trailhead near campsite 132 in the opposite direction it's steeper going up.

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4 months ago

We did a quick hike to Bear Mountain Overlook. We started in Cranberry Lake Campground - Loop IV. Short mile hike up, steep in some areas. View from Overlook is great. Would try longer route next time.

7 months ago

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

My kids aged 9, 8, 7, and 3 1/2 at the time didn't enjoy it as much as I did. The 3 1/2 yr old had to be carried most of the way... the 7 year old stumbled a lot... and the other two grumbled endlessly. Maybe if they were a tad older they would have enjoyed it more. I loved it though.. the few views to be had were quite amazing! All told we did the entire loop from our campsite (22) from closest TH to end TH and back to our campsite in 2 hours. Not bad I'd say!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fairly easy trail. Great for a morning or afternoon hike. Well maintained and marked. Excellent lookout from the top. Children 8 and up should have no problem.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

View was ok. Hike seemed to go forever. Apparently my track recording didn't want to work properly. I can tell you I definitely didn't go in a straight line or start at top

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Monday, August 01, 2016

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

Well-marked trail, nice steady incline, great lookout. From campground entrance, the round trip is 4.4 miles.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Completed the Peavine Swamp Trail (RT) from Rt 3 trailhead to the Wanakena Ranger School about
10-miles. Experienced a short blast of snowfall

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014