Best trails in Bear Mountain, New York

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Looking for a great trail near Bear Mountain, New York? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bear Mountain State Park or Minnewaska State Park Preserve, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Palisades Interstate Park or Mount Beacon Park. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Bear Mountain ranging from 2.8 to 8.1 miles and from 3 to 1,295 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bear Mountain, New York
Top trails (15)
#1 - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
This steep incline up to Bear Mountain summit features incredible views. Please note that the parking lot fills up very fast on the weekends. Please note that the entrance closes periodically due to the storms. Check the park website before going: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/13/details.aspx The loop uses both the Appalachian Trail and the Major Welch Trail. The route can be done in either direction, but many people choose to go counter-clockwise.Show more
#2 - Perkins Memorial Tower via Appalachian Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
#3 - Doodletown Bridle Path Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Highlights include grand views of the Hudson River Valley, historic revolutionary roads, Doodletown Reservoir, mining area, and awesome Split Rock Falls. Free parking is available. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
#4 - Pine Swamp Loop
Harriman State Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
#5 - West Mountain Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
#6 - Bald Mountain Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
#7 - Bear Mountain Major Welch
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
This is a direct, rugged, alternate route up Bear Mountain which is the north side of the extended loop trail. It is an in-out challenging scramble. Crampons are essential after snowfall. Fantastic views of the Hudson River Valley, with the great enclosed Perkins lookout tower on top. Trailhead on west side of Hessian Lake, parking at mountain lodges lot.Show more
#8 - West Mountain Shelter Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
#9 - Hessian Lake Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 36 m
#10 - Perkins Memorial Observatory Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
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