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Horrible markings. I do not know how I would have gotten out without this app. Seriously almost had a panic attack trying to find my way out.

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muddy
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4 days ago

I take this trail every year in the summer season, but tried for an earlier ascent today in early March. Although the temperature is 62, the Major Welsh trail is extremely icey - it scales the north face of bear mountain. Bring adequate hiking boots that can handle ice and snow if you're planning to take Major Welsh!

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rocky
scramble
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17 days ago

Hiked 3/1/19. There was an inch of snow with 2” of ice under the snow. We took the stairs up & they were not bad. After we reached the tower, we took the rock outcropping down. It was supper icy. We had icers/crampons on our boots, otherwise we could not have made it. Great hike, just be prepared.

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bridge out
muddy
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snow
24 days ago

awesome trail

Very crowded.

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blowdown
snow
1 month ago

Slippery, icy in winter, ice cleat would help.

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bridge out
1 month ago

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bridge out
muddy
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scramble
1 month ago

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blowdown
snow
1 month ago

Moderate hike with some dope views. The steps can be pretty slippery in the winter walk them cautiously. We found an abandoned shack which looks like it was once used as a birdwatching tower, but the floor had collapsed. The peak offers a really nice 360 degree view of the Hudson. Overall it’s an awesome hike for family’s and large groups of people.

This is a beautiful trial , just a WARNING, there are about 1,000 steps very steep and hard on the knees , prepare accordingly. Otherwise it’s absolutely gorgeous one of my favorites!

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2 months ago

Great moderate trail, beautiful in the fall. Very busy, lots of tourists. Rain from the previous day made the trail more challenging as we had to climb off-trail. Feet got wet. Plan accordingly.

Very good hike overall and especially for dogs! The trails were very well maintained for mid December, a bit confusing at the start as the first two markers were colored blue but once you get pass those it was very well marked! Great views throughout the hike and really cool once you get to the top! Highly recommend to hikers of all levels and experience

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3 months ago

Have to pay $10 to park. This trail starts as a Major Welch Trail (red dot on white). It took us an hour to get to the summit of the Bear Mountain, nice work out, fun rock scrambling (can be challenging for those who are out of shape). On the way down we took the Appalachian trail (white blaze) easy and beautiful. Total time 2 1/2 hours. Very enjoyable!

great hike did it a few weeks ago

Nice views on various levels. Moderate is an accurate rating, though my 63 yo mother may disagree lol. My 7 year old did awesome. Go up the mountain and down the AP’s rock steps. Can get pretty crowded... start early.

Great hike with gorgeous views in the fall, but I’d suggest waiting a few days after any significant amount of rain. The entire trail becomes a creek with 1-10 inches of water.

Fun loop, did this in icy wet muddy conditions and it was a fun yet challenging ascent. Walk back on the AT was scenic, mostly cut rock steps, but nice overall.

nice destination. pack food and beverage

Bear Mountain is beautiful. This was an absolutely awesome day trip. We had a lot of fun and the views at the top were amazing, the weather was also perfect which made it even more beautiful. Our dog had such a good time too, love seeing him so happy out in the wilderness.

Nice views, but insanely crowded. There are nicer hikes in the area in places like Storm King State Park.

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4 months ago

A bit challenging for kids and beginners but really a nice trail for the family. We started along the green blazed long path and both kids (2 and 4 yo) did the first mile on their two feet. That took about 2 hours, so then the little one went up in the carrier and we continued on to the yellow then white with red triangle trails to complete the approx 3 mile loop. The 4 year old did the whole thing with a couple tough spots but she loved it. It took us a little less than 4 hours. We only stopped a few minutes here and there for water or a quick lunch. A couple relatively challenging stream crossings (for little legs) and a nice spot where the yellow meets the white/red triangle trails with some little waterfalls. I am glad we did it clockwise- the more challenging and rockier parts seemed to be in the first mile and on fresh legs. The yellow trail is wider and white with red triangle more rolling hills. All made for a really nice day hike from Long Island.

Really enjoyed this hike. Well marked and offered a variety of easy to moderate hiking. Views are amazing

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4 months ago

Did the actual 3.9 bear mtn loop. What....a....climb...i did the loop counter clockwise starting off with the rock/trail climb. It was pretty tough the leaves and ground were still slippery from the rain that had fallen the day/night before and it got very steep at times. As soon as i hit memorial drive from the path i thought it was over then i saw a nice stair trail on the other side of the road leading up towards the tower. Beautiful views and the trail coming down was very pleasant and easy. ( thats if you do the loops counter clockwise but honestly both ways are a killer lol) GREAT hike.

Hi Hikers,

We are wandering if this loop is doable in winter ? We'll be in NYC next January and would like to have a break in the nature.

Do you think is possible ? Did someone already experiment this ?

Thank you so much for your advice !

Morgane

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4 months ago

Great Time with the girls hiking at Bear Mountain the pass Sunday. This hike is challenging, pretty steep in the beginning super intense incline about 30 mins worth all the rocks. Stuffed from severe cramps it’s all worth to see the Beautiful View on the top. ⛰ We did counter clockwise. Easier to incline and take the stairs back down. I would say this Trail is little harder than Modern.

An excellent hike, with varied terrain, excellent views and beautiful trails.

A word to the wise: if you load and follow the exact path outlined above, please be aware that this is not 5.5 miles. The complete loop, covering Bald, The Timp and Doodletown is 7.5 miles.

Wonderful, none the less, but plan accordingly. Not the first Harriman/Bear Mtn Park hike that’s miles off in distance on this app...

this is a ez and beautiful hike!

Hiking today for first time with our dog and I love it but it’s shouldn’t be rated moderate but hard and at some areas experience hikers only,I had to push my dog up the rocks but still it was very exiting

This is a great hike! A pleasant mix of woods, water, and rocky outcroppings. This is a good hike for physically able, school age children as there are lots of places to spread out and many areas to stop and enjoy the natural surroundings. During times when there has been lots of rain the trail is very soggy. I don’t recommend tennis shoes for this hike. It requires sturdy, waterproof shoes or hiking boots. We did the red to yellow to blue to orange back to red trails for the loop. Blue going down from the top is more of a scramble at the beginning.

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