Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty much all rock going up. Moderate difficulty so it keeps the little kids away. Very nice views toward the top as you reach the Perkins Tower. Some of the views are obstructed until the leaves fall from the trees, but still plenty to see. Going down it's all steps and there was one moving waterfall.

hiking
7 days ago

The beginning is super intense incline about a good 30min worth all rocks . Was a challenge but a nice view. After there is another 30-40 min incline with steps which was a bit easier but still intense because of the length. Another great view when you reach the tower . Continued looping back again a few steep drops which you needed to sit , side and hold on to trees a bit to get through . Seemed like a bit more then moderate to me but then again I haven tried a “hard” trail yet

Fairly easy hike through the woods with not many big climbs . No summit views but a few streams. Still a nice hike. Added the Arden-Surebridge & Long Path loop.

Amazing trail, would recommend walking sticks

hiking
15 days ago

I went on probably the most beautiful Saturday of the year, however, it was SUPER CROWDED. Besides the crowds, it’s not exactly in a remote or removed setting. You truly felt like you were hiking in a park, and not a boundless natural setting. The hike itself – distance, terrain, and variety of obstacles – all great. Just not a nature escape type of hike.

Great, moderately challenging day hike. We parked near the Inn and walked to the lake trail to join Major Welch. Unfortunately we did it clockwise, meaning we climbed the stairs and descended over the rocks. It was difficult and I would have liked to do the loop the opposite way. Regardless, great views! This gets 4 stars instead of 5 because it was crowded, even during the week, and we heard a lot of road noise. There was also a lot of litter, as noted by a previous commentator.

Excellent hike for fall.

hiking
22 days ago

Definitely worth coming multiple times

Beautiful hike!

A nice hike with a bit of a challenge but totally manageable for my 30 pound pup. I agree with others that this trail is more fun counter clockwise than clockwise. Some nice rock scrambles going that way which were fun to climb up but seemed like they’d be a challenge and unpleasant to go down. After reaching the tower, the trail is downhill and mostly stairs. I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because it’s a bit crowded at the tower and on the second half, and it’s close to the roadway in parts (even requiring you to cross a road at one point). You should know there is a $10 parking fee. I’ve been to a bunch of Harriman trails, but this was my first time parking by Bear Mountain and it took me by surprise. I’d love to do this again and explore some of the secondary trails.

Solid up. Go up near the lake it’s a better route up than down if you’re looping

Think it's better to hike this in reverse from what is shown here - go up Major Welch and down the AT. I avoided doing this hike for a long time because it's not as fun to be on a peak that people can simply drive to. I shouldn't have waited so long. There are some great views going up Welch (back down to the Hudson and over to Popolopen Torne) as well as some mildly steep rock scrambling. The views from the top of Bear Mountain are pretty great looking south toward Dunderberg, the Timp and beyond. If you climb to the top of the Perkins Tower you can see out in all directions. I do wish people would be more considerate with litter. There were places on the AT that were strewn with garbage, and there was litter in several places at the peak, even though there were garbage cans nearby. Why? They are rerouting the AT from the top of Bear down through a new area that won't require you to walk along the road as much. The stretch of the AT is one of the nicer maintained trails I've seen - nice and wide with plenty of easy stone steps. That didn't keep some jackasses from trying to bushwhack downhill to avoid switchbacks. My only gripe with this hike: human beings.

Wow, moderate climbs with great views only an hour from NYC. We hiked clockwise on the loop...this is a great way to go, lots of great views off the Hudson River on the way to the high point of the trail. Sneakers or trail runners are suffice for this hike as they provide ample grip on the rocks. Well maintained trail with easy to follow blazes. Added bonus is you get a little time on the AT for my fellow hiking junkies. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy by the lake after your hike.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Very demanding going up...fallow red circle to the top.

Major Welch to Appalachian trail was great. Some steep inclines on the way up with beautiful views both ascending and descending. Tough in some spots but all in all a moderate trail. Bring a water bottle or 2! If you bring your drone like I did be prepared to be yelled at by the park ranger at the top by the memorial. Mid trail they won’t bother you.

We hiked up Major Welch (you have to walk along the lake for a bit until you see the sign on your left for MW- the trail sign is a white square with a red circle inside) & took the Appalachian trail (marked white) back down. I would say the trail is moderate! Start early to avoid the crowds. MW had a lot of rock scrambling and wasn’t an easy hike, the AT on the way down was basically taking stairs down. Took us about 3 hours to do the loop with 5 breaks!

the view at the top makes this a rewarding hike!! make sure you bring plenty of water cause 2 per person wasnt enough. lots of sweating, especially during the rock scramble.

A great trail that’s challenging on the north eastern end. If you’re bringing your dog, you may need to assist them along the path. Once you head down the path towards the AT it gets much easier. The trail becomes more professionally manicured for hiking. Would definitely hike it again.

Easy walk. Not even hiking really. Very pretty.

Great for half-day activity. Better to go up Major Welch and come down via AT. MW has more rocky sections, much easier for climbing, going up. Amazing views!

Not that hard. Family and pets friendly. Very nice.

never really hiked before. first time with some friends. had a blast. not super hard but some areas were challenging. great time overall. definitely need solid shoes with good traction if you take the Weltch trail to the Appalachian, to the Blue trail as your loop.

Great hike with great view points

trail running
1 month ago

Not great for trail running, because most of this is not runnable. That being said — great views, totally worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Good morning hike!

adventurous and we found a great place to camp!

hiking
1 month ago

At .8 mile crossed over to the left side of the creek. As the right side is a two lane rocky path the left side is unattended. Marks at the beginning and that is it for about .5 miles. It a rock scrabble. It was hard. AllTrails was a great help. This was s beautiful hike. Mostly shade.

Great trail, a little too crowded in the summer weekends.

Great hiking trail with beautiful views. Be prepare to climb lots of stairs. We went up Major Welsh and came down it too.

We went up the Appalachian Trail first and though I'm not an avid hiker i was thinking, wow this is pretty easy - it's just a lot of stairs until the last part where it was more "nature-y" to the top. Views were great! Then we went down the Major Welch portion and i cursed the whole way down! Definitely lots of steep rocks and scrambling that I wasn't prepared for! But i did a lot of crab walking with my hands for balance and made it finally. I see a lot of people recommending going up MW and down AT and I'd recommend it if you're a less experienced hiker or have kids with you!

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