West Mountain Shelter Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately 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 running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.1 miElevation gain1,043 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyHikingrunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeFee
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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.

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Dan Riew
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Hiking

Great trail

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Peter Fuster
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Hiking

Icy conditions. The cold weather has not permitted the snow to melt.

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Kimberly Mufferi
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HikingIcy

Awesome! So many great views. A bit slippery with ice, would definitely need the proper gear. Blazes, white to yellow to blue to white when you start going left.

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Christopher Chan
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Frank Bonura
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Mountain biking
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Jourdan Perez
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Ryan Plut
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sandra horton
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Mikki Friedman
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James B
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Hiking

Really beautiful, pretty easy scrambles in some areas, great views.

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Aleksandr Rozenberg
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Hiking

A little muddy, a lot of rocky, slippery under the fallen leaves (a lot). But overall great trail. Loved it.

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Galyna Rozental
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Eduard Kozhevnikov
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Jake Traub
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Max Frey
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Hiking

Great hike and well maintained

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Brenden Geraghty
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Julian Restrepo Orrego
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Yoohee Joun
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Ryo Ishizuka
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Fairly rocky, loop around a lake. Not very crowded. The turn from the yellow to red Appalachian trail near the shelter was very difficult to find. You have to take a sharp left up boulders. Easy parking near entrance though

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Steven Aquino
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with some great vistas of Bear Mountain.

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James Anglim
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Astrid Leon
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Hiking

While there were beautiful scenery and the beginning started out nice once we got to the yellow trail everything was so steep, rocky, wet, and trees were all blocking the road. I would probably not do this hike again.

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Beth Kapsner
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Hiking

Great trail. Mostly rocky, much of it pretty narrow, and some sections quite steep. Very cool shelter at the south end. For our first time hiking this trail, wish we’d done an out-and-back on the east side. West side full of downed trees and debris, maybe from recent storm but also likely from lack of trail maintenance this year due to the COVID pandemic. And speaking of, this was a great trail for social distancing. Saw almost no one else the entire time, though we hiked mid-day on a Saturday close to one of the most popular destinations around here (Bear Mountain). Would love to come back in the fall but might wait until next year in hopes trails will be cleared by then.

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Nicole Anne
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Nature trips

Got rained on so we cut the loop short but it’s got amazing views, can’t wait to go back and do the full loop again

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Jose Hernandez
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HikingNo shade

This trail would be good for anybody starting out but wanting to go a little more. There were narrow trails we liked the the beginning of the trail. The highest points has a few views but nothing spectacular. The Brook towards the end is a good place to cool down.

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Mike Cramsie
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Hiking

Great views, especially from the shelter. I would rate this a little more than moderate, some of the climbs were tough, especially during this time of year

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Ava Rikki
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HikingClosed

Really wanted to do this trail - but the road was closed. Probably due to corona & such !

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Izzy Fried
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The road to the trailhead suggested for this loop on AllTrails was closed to vehicle traffic. That meant you had to park in the parking lot at the base of the mountain by the bear mountain inn. There was plenty of parking at 9:30 am on a weekday. Picked up the yellow trail marker off the closed road and was able to use that to hike up to the suggested route albeit a little further into the hike than the recommended starting point. I followed the suggestion of taking the clockwise route. I hike with my German Shepard and we do one of these a week. Taking the route clockwise allowed us to hit the steepest and more technical parts of the trail first. On a day with temps at 88 it was an effort. But an enjoyable one. While the terrain was not the most challenging, artists loop in the Catskills was much more technically challenging, the elevation increase and incline coupled with the rocks and boulders definitely takes its tool on your cardio. The trails are well traveled and clearly marked. We took yellow flash to blue so we could see the Shelter then back to yellow, then yellow the. Blue to white which we took the whole way down and back to yellow to take us to the parking lot. Our route was about 7.5 miles all in having to hump from the parking lot. We did it in 3 hours with stops and tests along the way. Encountered 2 deer and 3 rat snakes of varying sizes along the way. Keep your eyes peeled and you can get a lot of nature :)

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