Bear Mountain Trail from Cranberry Lake Campground

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Bear Mountain Trail from Cranberry Lake Campground is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cranberry Lake, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

5.2 miles
1,473 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips

paddle sports






wild flowers


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. 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.

2 days ago

Great hike! Definitely does not seem long as stated. It has amazing views of the lake.

12 days ago

We started this trail from the entrance near campsite 31 & all agree we would rate this as a moderate, not easy, hike. There was a fairly steep incline with decent elevation the first half of the hike going in this direction. We’re all experienced hikers & were all quite winded the the time we made it to the lookout. I definitely recommend novice hikers start from the trailhead, but if you want a great workout, start on the opposite end.

16 days ago

Rating from a 7 year old- It has tons of nice sounds.

Rating from a 5 year old- It was fun.

From the parents- Easy hike for the kids with a nice lookout over Cranberry Lake.

29 days ago

pretty easy steep on way out if you follow the loop. can be done with kids excellent view if you go a bit past the summit.

5 months ago

Great hike! Did it in the middle of February and it was quite icy so be careful! Other than that it was beautiful until it started raining halfway through!!

10 months 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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

Saturday, May 07, 2016

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

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

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Cranberry Lake 50 is a fabulous hike! I've hiked and canoed intermittently for roughly half a dozen trips. There are many well maintained creek and stream crossings with logs and bridges, and plenty of corduroy stretches for mud when it rains. The lean-to's are always in great shape, and there are countless sites right on the water.
There are 3 different trailheads out of Wanakena that are all great - 2 of which are the ends of a loop. (High Falls Loop, which I highly recommend even though the dams have flooded in the NW section in the past two summers).
Cat Mountain is also a great side-track on your way around the loop, definitely a must-see. Make sure it's a clear day so you can see the river winding through the hills - great view! - but if it's foggy from rain or early morning, you won't see more than 2 layers of hills.

16 days ago

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