Great Bear Outer Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain216 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsRunningForestLakeViews
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Offline map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area.

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Sarah Shirley
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Chris Monahan
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Austin Freeman
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Michael Silliman
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HikingIcy

Beautiful scenery very well thought out. Conditions were a little icy but should be better once the ice melts

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Drew Walier
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Hiking

Moderately trafficked in the beginning, but nothing the rest of the way. Pretty easy hike. I wore yak traks, but you’d probably be fine without them

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Raymond Campbell
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My husband and I did the Outer Loop trail on Sunday, February 21 with our dog. Nice hike with very pretty views of the water. However, we were quite confused in several spots because the trail was not marked well. Most of the trail was well-packed, but some parts were less traveled and snow was a little deeper. However, we may have been off the main trail at the time since we kept getting confused and going the wrong way. We didn't really come across any icy spots. The entire trail took us a bit over 2 1/2 hours. We tend to hike slowly. --Jennifer

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Chris Garfield
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Walking

Well trafficked, snow pack.

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Patrice Campbell
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Amy Hebert
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Icy in spots. Wear crampons or yak tracks and you’ll have no issues. We used the recording feature on AllTrails to not get too far off track on the outer loop. Otherwise we probably would’ve ended up going around in circles.

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Ginger DiGregorio
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Terry Hoffmann-DeWitt
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Hiking

Did the outer loop but agree with others the trail was not well marked. If we didn’t have the recording on we would have been really mixed up. Almost ran out of battery which would have been a bummer. But could hear traffic so would have figured it out. All in all it’s a nice trail and would do again

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Billie Jo Mahoney
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Robin Sharpe
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Hiking

Gps quit... most likely 2.5 + miles

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Seth Stucker
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HikingGreat!Icy

Very nice trail easy to follow, a bit icy but manageable.

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k lyn poltenson
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HikingMuddy

Loved this place. Took a picture of the map before setting out on Alec's trail and then picked trails to avoid roads and stay in the woods for the next 3 hours. Lots of mud but not unmanageable. The mountain bikers are not my favorite encounter on a narrow hiking trail but they were having fun and are permitted to be there. Every dog was off leash.

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Karen Renaud
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Amber Allenbrandt
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Bridget Cleeton
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Hiking

Great day hike! Easy terrain and well marked. This hike is is GORGEOUS when fall foliage is at it's peak!

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Bridget Cleeton
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Mary Lehan
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Perfect conditions today; no mud! Pleasant easy trail. Not marked the greatest in parts and a smidge confusing at times if you’re trying to follow the All Trails route (as evidenced by my handful of off trail moments on my recording). It’s a small area, though, so it’s hard to get lost and easy to get back on track.

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Rich Specioso
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Hiking

We walked several trails very nice and marked pretty good. Dog friendly but many let their dog lose. They ask you clean up after them but horse are allowed on the trails but not picked up after them.

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Russ Striffler
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Hiking

We love this place! We had a fantastic hike on the outer loop trail. We hiked along the river, saw turtles, wild flowers, honey bees, and butterflies. The trails are well maintained. This was our second time here and we hardly walked the same trails.

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Mari Miniatt
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Hiking

back by the swamp can be a little treacherous because it is still muddy even though all the rest of the trails were dry

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Kate Ebersbach
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Steven Button
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Jeannette Marlene
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Pete Ganze
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RunningBridge out

There is a sketchy plank over part of the swamp that serves as a bridge at the far corner. It's bent and will break soon.

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Tori Seefeldt
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WalkingGreat!Muddy

So we did (almost) the exact 4.2 mile trail as is shown in the map above. The trail itself is beautiful. Relatively flat ground with some minor inclines. We really didn’t see many people especially when we were deep in at the back of the woods. We did see some mountain bikers which may get tricky as the trails are not very wide so if they’re coming the opposite direction be prepared to squeeze into the bushes to let them pass. We didn’t have any problems with bugs and the trail and parking are free. 2 things that I found to be noteworthy. 1. As a novice hiker I did not find the trails marked well AT ALL. We found ourselves going the wrong way at least 3 or 4 times. We had All Trails out the entire time and had no problems using it... but kinda a pain to have that out the whole time. 2. Be wary of Whiskey Island area... I’ll put a screen shot of the area in here but on the Great Bear map on their website it does say “may be impassable” and we went anyways and let me tell you it was just some 1 foot wide boards laid on top of mud (which weren’t terrible) but then we got to some sort of stream or swamp that was about 15ft across and just had again a 1 foot wide board stretch all the way across. My fiancé is very thin and doesn’t weigh much and it was very wobbly and bowing in the middle. It’s just a board, nothing to hold onto while you cross and if you fall you’re going in swampy swampy water... so heed that warning before you choose to go that route. We went back and took a trail that paralleled it. Overall we had a great time, it was a beautiful area, very quiet, and well shaded! We would come back again!

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