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West Mountain Loop Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1,122 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

Palisades Interstate Park Commission (845) 786-2701

As of April 2020, this trail is experiencing full or partial closure of roads near by (parking lot and bathrooms) due to COVID-19. Other hikers have suggested parking at the nearby Inn. Please visit this website for specific details on road closure: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/bearmountain/details.aspx Palisades Interstate Parkway to exit 18 (Just after Anthony Wayne Rec area). East on 7 Lakes/Perkins Memorial Dr. Parking is on right about 1/2 mile after exit.

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Tyler S
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 13 2020
Hiking

The trailhead is still closed so you'll have to park at the inn as others have said. We hopped on a yellow blazed trail and picked up the loop around Doodletown. Heads up. We encountered a rattlesnake on trail about a quarter mile west of the west mountain shelter. We inadvertently came within about ten feet of it before it rattled and scared the living daylights out of us. It slithered right off afterward but I'm thankful it noticed us before we got much closer.

laura ker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat May 30 2020
HikingRocky

Parking for the trailhead was closed, so we parked near Bear Mountain Inn (the main parking was full by the time we got there at around 10:45am on a Saturday, but they directed us to park in a field a litter further). We took a trail that led from above the Inn to Seven Lakes Drive, then walked along the closed road to the trailhead. We didn't see anyone for the first third of the hike, which was a welcome change from trying to social distance in NYC. Nice views along the trail, with some rock scrambling in sections. Had a nice moment when my boyfriend realized he had hiked this trail as a NJ boy scout. Had a thrilling moment when I came within a foot of stepping on a large rattlesnake at the beginning of Doodletown. Overall, a nice (mostly) moderate hike around 8 miles.

Morgen Alden
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun May 17 2020
HikingRockyScramble

Seven Lakes Drive was closed again this weekend (5/17/20), so we parked 2.5 miles away at the parking lot next to Bear Mtn Inn and hiked up along the edge of Seven Lakes Drive to get to the start of the loop. With the extra 5 miles of walking, it took us 3.5 hours in total. Great hike with beautiful views. I recommend going DOWN the 1777 trail, rather than starting that way around the loop.

Reesie Anne
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun May 10 2020
Hiking

The road to the trailhead was closed today - not sure if it will reopen soon.

Vanessa Lotz
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HikingBugsRockyScramble
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Robert L.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Mar 21 2020
HikingRockyScramble
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Michael Palmer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Feb 17 2020
HikingMuddyRocky

solid hike, nice stop-offs in Doodletown to see foundation ruins and an old cemetary. some ice/snow but nothing dangerous. great views on the summit and able to see NYC through the haze.

Chad Grigg
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HikingScramble
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Bernabé Torres Campo
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HikingSnow
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Jane Crair
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Oct 19 2019
HikingOff trailRocky

I started off going north on the 1771 trail. Thought I'd take the blue trail and link back up with this loop, but the connecting trail on the map didn't exist! Off trailed it for at least two miles before getting back on the blue trail.

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Danielle Morrin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Oct 05 2019
HikingScramble

Great views but a tough trail! Difficult to find the way and tough on the ankles with all the rocks. We made almost every wrong turn you could make.. There's no map of the trail when you get to the parking lot so I'd recommend downloading ahead of time. With the road at your back, the trail begins on the left side of the lot. Follow plain white blazes to the fork where the Appalachian sign is. This is where the loop begins. We went counterclockwise (South). Then follow the white blazes with the red F until you reach the blue trail. If you're on the bike path you went too far. Go left onto the blue trail. This becomes blue and yellow for awhile, but in many areas does not show the yellow blazes. Take a left onto the yellow trail. If you run into the shelter you went too far (on the blue trail). Follow yellow for awhile. Then turn left onto the white trail (with red Fs). There are still some small sections of incline on this trail. Then when you reach another fork of white with red Fs (left) and plain white (right), go right towards the plain white blazes. This will lead back to the original fork with the Appalachian Trail sign.

Matthew O.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Oct 05 2019
HikingRocky
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Vic Myers
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarThu Sep 05 2019
Hiking

Great start...some scenic views but the backside was a little boring.

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Ben Ratner
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Sep 01 2019
Hiking

Great trail. Took my brother and I (25 and 28 years old) just under 3 hours to do the full loop. If you head right on the loop, be aware that the trail becomes easy to miss at one spot about 0.5 miles in. The second half of the loop is mostly flat and shaded and runs directly through old Doodletown. Had our dog off leash with no problems. Ran into other groups every half hour or so.

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Jane Crair
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Aug 25 2019
HikingOver grownRocky

Really nice trail. Hiked mid day on a Saturday and it was not crowded at all. Make sure to record otherwise it's easy to get lost. There are lots of trails and trail markers. Some beautiful views. Hiked with my dog and was able to trail run a little in parts.

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David Lawter
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Aug 04 2019
HikingRockyScramble

Nice hike. Semi-okay trail markings. Make sure you have the trail recorder on to help keep you on the trail. Great workout. Saw a couple hiking with bare feet. Bad idea. Not too smart.

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Frank D.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 14 2019
Hiking

This is a good trail for anyone in reasonable physical condition. We hiked it in just over three hours but were intending to keep up a good pace. Enter the trail on the left-hand side of the parking lot, with your back to the road. When you reach the AT sign go right to do the loop as suggested, we went left and this was also great. In the morning we had tons of shade, in fact almost no sun, and selectively some very nice views of the Hudson and Bear Mtn Forrest. There are a few places where are you are scrambling over large boulders but otherwise mostly dirt trail and small rock river bed trail. A little bit of old asphalt road, now overgrown, from the 40s and 50s at one end of the trail. When we hiked early on a Sunday morning, in July, very few bugs.

Vinayak Marwah
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 06 2019
Hiking

Moderately strenuous trail, and only in a few sections actually. Excellent trail for casual / beginning hikers. Views of the Hudson Valley, the Hudson River are just phenomenal, I can only imagine how they would be in fall. The trail is very well maintained by the park authorities. The sections of trail has moderately dense woods in many sections and the aroma of the flora fills the air. You can hear the rustling of the leaves, bird chirps and noises from the local fauna. The trail has stones labs stairs in many places, not as many as going up, but a lot coming down towards the Bear Mountain Inn. The trail doesn’t have a lot of shade on sunny summer day, in about 20% of the trail, for about early couple of hours around noon; therefore carry sunscreen, water on the hike. The trail gets humid and hot in summer, wear cotton T-shirt & shorts (in summer). Regular sport shoes with decent grip will work just fine. There are vending machines (accepts Apple Pay); close to the Perkin’s Tower. The cellular coverage is bad leading upto the trail, but service is not bad on the trail. The trail gets a little touristy, as its easily assessible from NYC, leading to littering; but not terribly bad. Hike down to Bear Mountain Inn has lot of steps, knee brace might help. I hope to return in Fall again. Happy hiking.

Joey Ye
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Jun 12 2019
HikingMuddyRocky

Very good!

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Lucy Walton
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun May 26 2019
Hiking

We are reasonably fit 30somethings and found the loop trail moderate to hard. It’s a long walk - 3-4hrs if you stop to see the views. Awesome mix of views, small creeks, historic sites and woodland. Bring enough water as there’s no facilities. We saw deer, rare birds, snakes and a lot of chipmunks! 5/5 for the variation of the various sections. We went on Memorial Day expecting it to be busy and saw maybe 12 other people so I wouldn’t call this heavily trafficked at all.

Ellen Milne
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed May 22 2019
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