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.

Length6.1 miElevation gain1,122 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeFee
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Getting There

There is a fee of $10 per vehicle. Fees are collected on weekdays between 6/22-9/2. For the rest of the year, fees are only collected on the weekend. Empire Passholders can get in for free.

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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Matthew Chan
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completed the loop but phone died where where the recording ended. very nice trail, if you go the way towards doodletown, there is a good amount of flat terrain. Doodletown was okay, didn't have much other than some stone remains and plaques but was a nice place to walk through. the peak and the shelter was great as well and provided a perfect view of New York city. coming down from the shelter you could also catch a glimpse of Perkins tower on Bear mountain. the way down from here was a bit tricky with some rocks and fallen timbers and it was getting dark too. I will have to warn that there is no cellular connection in the area close to the entrance, and cars can get packed along the road. If you plan to stay overnight, there are a few scenics campsites. Overall a great trail with a variety of views and a nice challenging incline.

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Aravind Sankar
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Kevin S
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Dry and cool. No traffic.

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Paul Langer
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My wife and I hiked this trail today with our dog and enjoyed it. We traveled counter-clockwise from the parking lot off of Seven Lakes Drive. Some of the steep downhill sections (snowy and icy) were challenging enough to make it interesting without making it dangerous. We passed about a dozen people along the way. We followed the directions on the NY/NJ Trail Conference Site https://www.nynjtc.org/hike/west-mountain-loop-seven-lakes-drive#dialog-hike-description The Trail Conference description and directions differ from Alltrails. The Trail Conference had us backtracking from the shelter to pick up the yellow blazed trail back to the 1777W trail home. That route is about 5 to 6 miles. I can't tell you exactly because we did some extra hiking in some spots. It seems to me that the Alltrails version is probably 8+ miles. Does anyone have more information?

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Alzbeta Nagyova
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Beautiful trail, little bit of everything!!

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dennis jun
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Sergei Vorobyov
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Get Outside
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Peter Fuster
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Great intermediate hike. Follow the route in a counter-clock direction to get the climb out of the way first. There are some moderate scrambles on the climb. Beautiful views including NYC in the distance at the peak. The second half has a very wet rocky section which is very uncomfortable. Will do again.

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Adam Saul
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Intended to do this trail but didn't get cell service at the parking lot so we ended up doing a weird longer route to Bald Mountain/Doodletown and back. Which was a fun. Nice trail with a good at the top of Bald Mtn. Beware of the rocky trail under the leaves especially on the way down. If you plan a route, definitely load it on your phone before going. Parking lot was full but there was no problem parking on the road.

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Ari RoyChoudhury
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Nina Kraustronaut
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Jessica Schnell
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warm for fall. #climatechange

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Maya Gaughn
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Pretty easy to follow, starts to the left of the parking lot following 1777, right at the white blazes, becomes blue and white at a point, then blue, then follow 1777 back. Fairly easy with 3 good view points

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Darren Lavallee
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Beautiful loop with lots of views. Parking was very easy also. Darren.CT on Instagram

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Jessica D'Elia
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2 moderate scrambles after lots of uphill, but all worth the views.

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Rachel Song
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Awesome backpacking trail!

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Ryan Maguire
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Christine Peredo-Ketelsen
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Loved this trail! Spectacular views. Very rocky on the way down to Doodletown. Have to watch for trail markings or you can wander off course. Will definitely come back.

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Alex Sade
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Too crowded

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Morgen Alden
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Wendy Getman
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Nice views and a nice trail. Not too challenging but not too easy.

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Louise Urien
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Really nice loop with amazing views at the beginning. Fair amount of rock climbing but no long uphill. Need to come early to park

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Juliana Vail
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Went over the weekend on what is probably one of the busiest weekends because of the leaves changing, but was a lovely hike. I parked easily on Seven Lakes Drive where there is access to the trail. Took the trail counter-clockwise making the first section a bit more difficult, and the ending an easy stroll through Doodletown. Great vistas at the beginning, but don't get over-excited about Doodletown. Not much to see there except some old foundations. Trail was fairly busy, but enough distance to have some space to myself.

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