Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Bear Mountain with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

“Long Trail” along the lake has green blazes, connecting to yellow blazes of Dunning (wide trail), and then white with red triangles is the Arden-Surebridge. Trail is nice mix of scenery, valleys, small hills, view of lakes, crossing many small stream. Everyone and their mother stops at the parking lot on evening and weekends, especially for the sunset across the lake, and therefore the green trail can get pretty busy. Sometimes trash is left there too, so please help keep it clean! But just visited and it was pristine!

This is one of my favorite trail in Harriman state park little mix of everything great views going up to the top with a nice lake view

Great trail. Many pine trees, springs, very close to the city and isolated at the same time.

love this trail

Did this backwards (Major Welch first) today, and it was great but surprisingly tricky and occasionally difficult to find the trail on the way up. Views are fantastic, not a ton of wild life but some great birds soaring.

The top has a good view but I actually thought some of the views on the way up MW were better than the top! And yes, people are parked up but you walked, so feel good and enjoy it as much as they are.

It seems under specified here: the Major Welch section is a serious hike! Yes you're not vertical rock climbing but there is more scrambling than I've done on many other trails and you DO need to be comfortable with heights. I took someone less serious about hiking and they were surprised (as was I!) that I'd taken them on this route! I would not want to do MW downwards or in the wet either - it's fun but it was fun because it's dry.

The overall trail has lots of people even on a Monday and many are not serious hikers, which depending on how you like your trail pals is good, neutral, or bad!

Bring grippy shoes with good ankle support.

hiking
21 days ago

Great overlooks - be mindful with your dogs though because it crosses over the highway.

Love this trail. I’ve been coming here for years with my kids. Lot of great memories.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice trail. We ended up doing more than what is posted here. Nice air. Nice views. Nice streams and brooks. The beginning was a bit crowded but once you get up towards the top we only saw people every 15 min or so.

Loved this trail. Very rocky good footwear a MUST and when we went very wet.

Was a great hike did the route backwards went up the Major welch trail first ,and down the AT .
Amazing views of the Hudson river and surrounding area

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked with my daughter. As many has said it is an uneven trail. lots of rocks, hills, trees and roots. No real photo opts, then again we didn't finish. We got halfway around then needed to turn back as the sun was going down.

Really nice trail, started with the steps, then thru the very steep descent. Good workout, and the view is amazing!!! My 9 year old got thru with no issues!

nature trips
1 month ago

easy to acces from new york. nice walk a little bit climbing on one site. easy to walk on the other one

hiking
1 month ago

Instant beauty the second you step foot on the trail.

Day hike. Nice climb to start, was a clear day, NYC skyline in full view. Easy downhill on well maintained trail steps. Great views of Bear Mountain Bridge and the Hudson Valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful at this time of the year. Saw a red shouldered hawk with full wing span circling around. We started with white, then yellow and then ended green trail marks at lake skanantati parking. Beautiful forestry with deciduous and evergreens trees and hidden water bodies.

Nice walk with a number of little streams to cross (at least in early April). As others have suggested, even though the distance is pretty short, the terrain is uneven so you get a decent calf workout. It certainly felt like more than 3 miles. I also took the triangle to yellow to green route, as a few others have suggested.

Some nice views at different points if you go before the foliage is fully grown in.

hiking
1 month ago

Went yesterday and did the route leading up the steps instead of going along the lake first. Everyone was warning us after the tower that it was a steep descent but fortunately we didn't have any problems (maybe it was the fact we were wearing hiking shoes and everyone else was in nike trainers?). Seemed like we might've had the easier route since everyone looked wiped out coming from the other way. It was a quick and steady incline the way we went but after the tower, there wasn't much of a challenge besides trying to not fall on our butts during the steep descent :) Took us 2 hours with a sandwich break.

hiking
1 month ago

With diverse landscapes and different levels of difficulty, this trail is not too hard nor too boring. It has gorgeous views of creeks, waterfalls, woods, lake, etc. My boyfriend and I took our dog for a hike on this trail and we had so much fun!

So many people. But it was good start.

Went during mid-March. At least a foot of snow still present at the higher elevations. Really enjoyed the first half of the trail up to Perkins Tower. Beautiful views and you can even see the distant New York City skyline. Trail becomes more populous on the AT portion back to Hessian Lake. Not a fan of walking on paved roads or the many stone staircases to finish the loop but I guess no other safer way. I prefer a less groomed trail I guess. Still a wonderful hike!

Great view at the peak, would be 5 stars but it's not much of a hike. Stairs on the trail and a road to the top strip it of being a 5 star.

Decent trail, but it's not a real hike. More of a walking trail. Lots of stairs and very close to the Bear Mountain resort. So if you prefer hiking in more remote areas then feel free to skip this one. That said, the view from the peak is decent. Just don't be a cheater and drive to the peak. Hike to the peak. This is All Trails. Not All Roads.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail

Cool views but you can drive to the top so it was pretty crowded.

Everything, including the leaves on the ground, were covered by a thin sheet of slippery ice. This slowed me down a bit, but the whole trail was beautiful. Climbing Bald Mountain with all the ice was difficult but satisfying once I got to the top. The views from the top of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Bear Mountain Bridge were amazing, I cut the hike short due to the ice and wound up returning on Pleasant Valley Rd. I was able to explore the ruins of the abandoned homes and cemeteries of Doodletown to close out the day.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike but very very icy on the Major Welch portion, be prepared if you come in the winter.

The trail was beautiful, the bald mountain section was incredibly difficult on the downswing. ( way too much ice ) I’d give it another week of the January thaw before attempting again. Besides the ice which is obvious for this time of the year, our group had a blast

It’s a fun run with two beautiful views. I am a city marathoner and trying to mix things up a little. Some parts were really quite rocky, so have the right shoes and prepare for your ankles to hurt the next day haha (great to see an immediate training effect different from asphalt running). At some points it was a little too rocky to really enjoy it as a run, which is why I am giving 4 stars.
Took us around 1.30 h to finish. Trail marks were pretty solid and we rarely had trouble staying on the path, particularly in combination with the app, which is really required because the suggested trail is a mix of two actual trails in the area, I.e. the color / kind of marks to follow change back and forth throughout this hike / run.

Fairly steep assent after walk along the lake . At the Tower trail in under construction and poorly marked .
Decent is not difficult- a lot of steps

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