West Mountain Shelter Loop

MODERATE 60 reviews
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West Mountain Shelter Loop is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bear Mountain, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,207 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike. Definitely pretty difficult to get up, but the view all the way down is unlike any other I've seen. It's wide open, windy, and so peaceful. Definitely give this hike a try!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great day hike trail, highly recommend! Took about 3 hours with stops to take pictures, etc. The views at the top are well worth the effort of the scrambles, etc. Recommend following below reviewers suggestions of 1777--yellow--yellow blue--blue white--white--1777... Gives you the ability to get the hard stuff out of the way early and enjoy the second half of the loop. Went in January so wet leaves made things more challenging but definitely would do again!

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained, and well marked. Nice views in every direction from the upper elevations. We hiked on a dry day and it was great, but I think steep sections of the trail could get a little ugly when wet - a fair amount of lichen covered rocks that can be really slippery. Clockwise path was probably a little easier for us (steepest sections were up, and downs were longer gentler grades) Parking lot is small, but you can park on the road (make sure you get we beyond the lines) Christmas break crowd was reasonable, but may be more crowded other times of the year. Markers (in order for clockwise path from the parking lot); "1777" --> Yellow --> Yellow & Blue --> White --> "1777" (for the last 200m to the parking lot) Start to finish about 3 hrs. at a modest pace. Popular with the whole family, so we will likely do this one again sometime.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

planned on this being a nice relaxing 2 day loop to the shelter , going up was rather easy , because it was steep at parts i had a heavy pack , we were able to take our time , if you look at review of our hike down it was anything butt a easy relaxed hike ! over all it was a nice 2 day hike , just not nearly relaxing as we thought it would be ,

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Pretty decent climbs and rock scrambles. The downhill on the back end was pretty steep. The look out at the shelter is well worth the effort.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Definitely make your way to the shelter for amazing views. You can even see NYC!

hiking
8 months ago

We took this trail on Memorial Day weekend-it had rained the night before so several waterfalls and streams, and some great vista views - there were also a few more challenging areas of rock scramble and ‘butt burner’ inclines. We followed 1777w trail markers to yellow to blue/yellow then blue/white to white. It took us a little over five hours with stops to take pictures.

hiking
Wed Jan 09 2019

Didn't follow the loop exactly made the hard right out of parking lot on 1777w trail then took blue all the way there and yellow back that makes it over 6 miles well worth it beatifull views on the way up the blue trail and the view from the shelter is amazing you can see NYC would recommend

Sat Nov 03 2018

The first half was great the 1777 trail was a bit dull. I don't like walking on asphalt.

hiking
Fri Sep 21 2018

Nice shelter views, good hike. Would recommend.

backpacking
Sat Apr 14 2018

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