West Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 103 reviews
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West Mountain Loop Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Highland Falls, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
19 days ago

app stopped track when I used feature to take photo. need to note that for next time

3 months ago

pros: a nice loop, beautiful views in most directions along the ridge, even can see the NYC skyline. lots of beautiful creeks and small waterfalls. leaves were still in full bloom. pretty easy hike in regards to physicality.

cons: much of the trail was also a creek, esp on the 1777W portion. nearly the entire time walking on some sort of rock, definitely high ankle boots recommended. this made it the most unpleasant. trail was OK in regards to marking but given the leaves on the ground definitely lost it a few times. our dog had 20+ ticks on her by the end of the day...

busy but so close to the city that it's worth the trade off.

3 months ago

Walking on rocks almost all the time. It was quiet though.

hiking
3 months ago

Quiet trail compared to many in the area. No facilities (use Anthony Wayne area). Keep an eye on markers as easy to get sidetracked. Just after the half way point this trail continues onto an unmarked stoney road while the blue and red/white trails curve to the right. Not easy underfoot (ankle support suggested) and could be slippery when wet. Nice viewpoints from both sides of west mountain. Cool historic area in last two miles. Took 3 hrs with about 1.5 mile extra for missing turnings.

3 months ago

It is a beautiful trail, especially in autumn, the leaves are beautiful, agreed with others, 90% of the trail are exposed to the far mountain views and valley. It felt like walking on a ridge. There are some steep climbs up and down. I would not recommend to take this route in the raining day.

backpacking
9 months ago

Excellent views. First half of trail is a steep ascent to a ridgeline hike and second half is very flat.

hiking
11 months ago

So many amazing views, very quiet trails -such a great hike!

hiking
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Great hike with great views. Lots of different trails, make sure you map out before you hit the trails if you're not familiar. We went with snow which added to the scenery!

hiking
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

A great trail for spectacular views. Well, at least in my opinion. A mix of the 1777, the AT and the Time-Torne, the West Mountain loop has it all, and you’ll be delighted once you make it up towards the top.

hiking
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hi everyone. I'm writing to ask if there is a trail in Bear Mountain which could accommodate a jogging stroller (used for a boy who's normally in a wheelchair, but uses this sturdy jogging stroller for off-roading). While this is not a regular street wheelchair, it can't go up a rock scramble. Tree roots, though, and some stairs are no problem.

Please let me know which, if any, of the Bear Mountain trails you think could be navigated by this stroller with an aggressive weekend dad behind it.

Thanks,

Neil Boyle

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Easy trail, West Mountain Shelter great for an overnight stay. Gorgeous views!

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Very nice three hour hike. Not as challenging as I was hoping for but it had some nice views.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Great hike if you have about 2-3 hours to spare and want a good workout with nice views the whole way. The top of the mountain stretches for a while so it feels like you spend most of the hike trailing the summit. Took a few wrong turns because I didn't ahead well enough but still finished in a decent time and did the whole loop. Took 1777W to blue trail, which connected to white (AT) for a bit, then back to blue, then connected to blue and yellow (although throughout much of that only the blue blazes were visible). Then continued on yellow when trail split and ended back on 1777w.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Not so much a review as a question as to what we might have done wrong! Followed 1777W out of parking lot and when we went down to trail saw it continuing on right so followed that. Eventually came to a T with left option being 1777E and right option being 1777. So went right . . . a number of miles later, ended up at 9W and nowhere near the loop, had to retrace steps back. It was a nice, albeit incorrect, hike!
Anyone familiar with trail - happy to hear where we messed up!
Thanks

Monday, June 12, 2017

Coming down is a real ankle buster, but great views along to top of the whole mountain.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Good all-around hike, with a little bit of everything: scenic views, water crossings, modest climbs, etc. We hiked it on Thanksgiving so as hoped, we had the trails to ourselves.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Incredible views both sides of mountain highly recommend.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Awesome...

hiking
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Small parking lot at 41.304111,-74.015858

From parking lot go onto W1777, Yellow, Blue, White

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Beautiful views, river crossing, and well marked. Though I had to ask for directions from hikers passing by in the beginning. I followed the trail markers in this order for the 4 mile loop- white trail/1777 to blue trail, to yellow trail, back to 1777/white. I stopped a couple of times, lots of incline and rocks, and made it back to the car in about 3 hours. I parked on the roadside, the small lot only holds about 5 cars.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Beautiful trail!

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

summer of 2006(?)

hiking
Monday, February 08, 2016

We did this trail with a light snow on the ground-- a bit difficult on some of the more vertical parts but still doable. We loved the views!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Great views!

hiking
Sunday, May 17, 2015

A favorite hike- variable terrain, great scenery, and just long enough to finish in an afternoon. Highly recommend it

hiking
Thursday, January 01, 2015

Great hike today - trail was well marked and had firm footing given the cold temps. I followed the trail directions from the NYNJ Trail Conference website (http://nynjtc.org/hike/west-mountain-loop-seven-lakes-drive), but made a slight change. After reaching the West Mountain Shelter (and talking w/ four hikers who spent a cold night there) I continued on the Timp-Torne Trail heading southeast. At the bottom I turned left on the Timp Pass Road - I would not normally take a unmaintained trail, but the road was well defined and easy to follow. I used this road to cut over to the 1777 trail/Pleasant Valley Road, turning left heading north. There were a number of informational signs along the road explaining about the houses that used to be there as part of the Doodletown village. Just after the Herbert Cemetery the trail meets up with the 1777W trail that takes you back up to Seven Lakes Dr and the Appalachian Trail to the parking lot. My GPS logged the trail as 6.4 miles which took me approximately 3 hrs, stopping for rest and pictures. Highly recommend the hike!

hiking
Monday, June 30, 2014

Beautiful trail! Can't wait to go back. Has a lot of beautiful scenery and a lot of different trails.

hiking
Monday, April 14, 2014

Came here over the weekend with 5 dogs and 6 friends. The directions that I found via google were excellent. The parking lot is not well advertised. You can easily drive past it. They need a big sign saying this is the parking lot or parking lot in x miles or feet. One main problem is that the parking lot is not big enough and if you come late, you will end up parking on the side of the road. When we finished our hike around 2pm, there were TONS of cars parked up and down the side of the road. They should expand the parking lot.

The trail we started on was the red square on white square. if you are facing directly at the soda machines, the trail is exactly 180 degrees behind you. You'll see a little small brown plastic post with the trail marker. It can be easily missed if cars are parked in front of it. We started there and journeyed our way on this path, then went onto the orange trail, then went to some woods path and ended up walking by somebody's backyard. We were really close to the houses. We thought we were lost but luckily we were able to find our way back to the orange trail. If you end up here, the houses will be on your right hand side and if you keep walking, you'll see a huge lake/pond to your right, immediately after the 2 houses. At that point, you should see a trail to your left and you should walk on that trail (away from the lake) and that will lead you back to the orange trail. Then you'll hike up and down steep hills and may have to "climb" rocks at certain points. This is all part of the orange trail and you need to climb a little to reach to the top to see the fantastic view of the valley. The dogs needed a little help in 2 sections of the ascent. Other than that, no issues. We then went from the orange trail to the black trail then to the white trail back to the parking lot. Another "photo" opportunity would be on the white trail, there are 2 very small waterfalls that you can photograph.

The orange trail could be marked a little better. The black trail needs bigger trail markers. The color black is kind of hard to find because it sort of blends into the trees. Another complaint is that this place has lots of trails and they all intersect with one another so you can easily get lost or extend or shorten your hike than expected.

Caution:
Our dogs had some ticks crawl on them but they were easily picked off.

We originally intended a certain trail but because we got side tracked, it was still a fun and enjoyable hike. I would definitely come back to this place and can't wait to see what this place is like during the winter times. I would recommend this place to others.

Bonus:
My phone survived the hike so here are the GPS info for our hike:
http://www.mapmyhike.com/workout/534677882

hiking
Monday, January 28, 2013

This trail is marked as moderate. That's about right as far as physical effort. There were a few "staircases". In good weather, probably still moderate. But we went after a week of sub-freezing temperatures, so the staircases became treacherous. We we forced to go off the trail in some places, as the trail is also a run-off channel which turned into an icy slope.

The variation in the route, the views, and the solitude make this my favorite trail in Harriman/Bear Mt. so far. Don't know how busy it is in the other seasons.

Parking area is pretty obscure. It's a small driveway with parking for about 10 cars. Since we went in winter, there were a few open spaces, but in the high season, it's probably hard to park there. I don't know if parking on the road is allowed right there.

hiking
Saturday, March 03, 2012

Done this trail a couple of times. Pretty much for all levels. Nice views & wildlife. Diverse. Many options to hike. Just have a good map or a GPS.
A good "all purpose" hike.

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