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Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail

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Harriman State Park

Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail is a 23.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Suffern, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 23.2 miles Elevation Gain: 5,196 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
9 days ago

Have done this trail twice in the past month, both times Suffern to Bear Mountain direction. First as a 2 day overnight hike. Two 8 hour days with plenty of breaks and at a comfortable pace. Lovey camp site in the middle with flat grassy spots to pitch a tent. Plenty of streams to pump water. A nice scramble section early on day 2. Just did the route again today as a trail run/hike. 8 hours moving briskly with no breaks. Thoroughly enjoyed both times.

recorded Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail

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17 days ago

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muddy
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snow
17 days ago

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muddy
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off trail
23 days ago

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

running
29 days ago

Great trail. Steep at the start but solid after that. Good mix of single track with boulders and beautiful overlooks. The trail is marked very well.

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bugs
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Be prepared for at least 1000 more feet then the said 5,000 above. Technical and relentless to run! If you love technical rocky sections and a pretty rad scramble around mile 14, you’ll love this.

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scramble
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Went from Kakiat Park South on the Suffern Bear Mtn and back. Light on views but NYC Skyline is prominent in spots.

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4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, not as crazy as people make out. Took my springer for a good 10 miles before turning back. Leaves nearly all fallen, Trail is well marked. Spotted a few stags and some bear sign.

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

More challenging than expected! With 25kg packs the scramble section was tough in parts but fine given nice weather. Would have been a bit concerned if it was wet. We needed lots of water so refilled half way at Lake Welch. Purified and boiled it - not sure whether that was necessary but am fine in any event. The part at the start near Suffern is a bit average as you can hear the traffic.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, finally decided to go for it and do the entire trail in one day, since the weather was pretty good. Did it in 9.5 hours (9 am till 6:30 pm, finishing right before the sunset), South to North. Stats from Suffern bus station to Bear Mountain Inn - 23.8 miles, 5,305 elevation gain (with a few minor detour, so the total distance/elevation ended up a little higher than shown here). Pretty fun rocky scramble on Pingyp Mountain and a decent rocky ascend of the West Mountain, plus endless ascends/descends during the entire hike (Ramapo Mountains, Catamount Mountain, Panther Mountain, Big Hill, Irish Mountain, Jackie Jones Mountain and Firetower (great views on Lake Welsh if you go up the firetower), The Pines and Cats Elbow, etc). All in all, great challenging hike, if done in 1 day!

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Good, strenuous hike from Bear Mountain Inn to the West Mountain Shelter. A couple of scrambles, and a few patches where the narrow part of the trail is overgrown a bit. We took S-BM up to the blue blazes, took us just about two hours including a couple of breaks for water. FYI: most water sources are dried up. At the top, about a 1/4 mile down on the blue trail, there’s one left - but a bear was seen there. On the way back down to the Inn we saw a deer too! S-BM was quiet in the morning, although by the afternoon tons of folks filled up every campsite near West Mountain Shelter. Gorgeous lookout and really peaceful hike all the way up and down. Afterwards we took a cab to Peekskill and got a great brunch on an outdoor patio at Bean Runner Cafe (dog-friendly, vegetarian options, amazing coffee) and then the Peekskill Metro-North was just a 15 minute walk away.

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