Doodletown Bridle Path Loop Trail

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Bear Mountain State Park

Doodletown Bridle Path Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,525 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Highlights include grand views of the Hudson River Valley, historic revolutionary roads, Doodletown Reservoir, mining area, and awesome Split Rock Falls. Free parking is available.

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rocky
4 days ago

Extremely rocky , poorly Marked for some time in the middle of the7.5 mile loop , the AllTrails map was very helpful as we got slightly off trail a few times but were able to regain our bearings fairly quickly . Bald mountain and the area near the timp offered great views and a place to rest but we’re buggy . I would personally suggest doing this counter clockwise because the clockwise way is covered entirely with rocks and has almost all the incline of the entire trail in 3.5 miles where as the Ccw way has a paved trail for a while where you can warm up . I saw many families and people unprepared for this hike trying to go up the steep rocky start and turning away in frustration. Overall I’d say moderate If you have hiking experience but hard if your new to hiking

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rocky
4 days ago

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rocky
5 days ago

Nice trail. Got there before 9 and easily found parking. It got PACKED after. If you go clockwise the viewpoints are all in the first half, and you have a little uphill to get to the 340m summit. Second half a lot more flat, with about the last 1/3 walking on pavement.

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rocky
12 days ago

Great hike. Definitely recommend going up clockwise. Second half of the hike is predominantly on a paved path down.

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21 days ago

Got there early Had trail to my self and dog .The start is hard but worth it you need the map too many trail join in Get rock in few places

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rocky
scramble
25 days ago

Beautiful trail, A little strenuous starting out but definitely worth the views!

27 days ago

A++

bugs
muddy
1 month ago

was not that impressed with the views. Very confusing markings throughout the trail. Doodletown was certainly interesting. A bit muddy in parts but that is consistent with the current season. Lots of bugs!!! Bug spray a must.

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muddy
1 month ago

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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Some confusing signage on trails

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

It was harder than I expected but the view from the top was worth it. Can see many different hikes from the top including perkins point, anthonys nose, and spots farther up the river including constitution marsh and breakneck. Would recommend going up the steep path (blue trail) then finishing in doodletown which is a nice walkthrough historic site. Also on a clear day you can see NYC from the top on your way down. There are many paths on the trail and would definitely go back to explore.

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rocky
1 month ago

very nice and kid friendly- beautiful trail.

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rocky
2 months ago

Great workout... there were times where the trail was poorly marked. I was glad I had my map, otherwise I’d end up lost.

Doodletown is a lot less interesting than I had always heard, but once you’re through it’s a great trail with beautiful views! Poorly marked though; check the map often.

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rocky
3 months ago

Lovely hike. One really steep section but the rest is very manageable and kid friendly and the steep section comes about 1/3rd in.

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