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.

adventurous and we found a great place to camp!

hiking
3 days 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!

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail, takes a little over an hour to do the loop at a reasonable pace. The trail markings are clear, so it is easy to make your way around. Good terrain changes to keep it interesting with lakes / rivers / rocks to take in as you go. Really good for beginners!

Very nice trail. Part of the path (right before doodletown) is unmarked. I had downloaded the map here and followed via GPS.

Amazing trail, lots of stairs so prepare!

A really nice trail with a lot of variety: a woodsy walk along the creek that opens up to a lovely lake (lots of people swimming, though they're not supposed to), then a slightly more strenuous hike up Diamond Mountain, where you quickly get enough elevation to have really nice views. Warning, though: the Blue Trail down is steep, sometimes challenging (I had a 9-year-old with me), requires good footwear, and it's not always clearly marked.

Great trail, great views. We had perfect weather. Going up is work, over the rocks but totally worth it.

awesome trail..

loop trail takes 1-2hours. The climbing is interesting. The view is good. Very busy during the peak time. Parking is 10 bucks.

great trail lots to see !

Parts currently under construction. Otherwise would be a 5 star

hiking
28 days ago

This trail is also known as the Major Welsh Red Dot Trail. It is not the staircase trail. It is awesome if you like some moderate rock scrambling, with less intensity than Breakneck Ridge. Highly recommended for a short, semi-rugged, day hike with excellent views at top and a nice moderate descent.

Southern half of trail is in excellent condition and not difficult (though of course involves assent/descent) but the northern half is very much a work in progress (2018)...easy to lose trail in which case (though eventually one does reach summit) one is occasionally in for a tough climb.

Definitely should get to the parking lot at the Inn early if you get there early enough there’s plenty of parking, heads up unless you don’t mind hiking back up the mountain to the tower after you finish this loop you should definitely park your car at the Parking lot next to the Inn. Besides that great trail !

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice views from the top. The lake is beautiful. Worth going. Been there twice :) although it gets a little crowded by the lake ( there's faster and eSier way to get to the lake ). One of the best hikes in Harriman

The trail itself is great. I think i would really like it on another day.
The problem we had was it was beyond humid and it was the morning after July 4th celebrations and people had left garbage everywhere! Such sadness - pick up after yourselves, people

But the trail itself is nice. It has some steep sections but some nice view points!

This hike was very good. The trail to the lake was moderate but I would call the second half of the trail hard because of the rock scrambling and steeper elevation changes. If you have someone that doesn't hike a lot, just go to the lake and follow the same trail back.

Fun hiking trail!

hiking
1 month ago

We really enjoyed the hike. The road was a bit uneven but not bad at all. The markings were good. There were couple of fallen trees but it didn't interfere us from following the marks. Started out on green > yellow > white with red triangle. Overall, the hike was great! The lake was beautiful too.

Con: bring bugs repellent. Several spots have mosquitos and bugs flying around.

first time hiking ever. trail was very challenging for a first timer but even my 6 year old could handle it. definitely sparked an interest in hiking for the both of us

Perfect for a challenging, short and moderately difficult hike; some scrambling, blooming mountain laurels and vistas.

Great trail. Lots of rock scrambling. Definitely feel accomplished after.

hiking
1 month ago

Pro: Well marked trail, good work out in a hot and humid day.
Cons: too much people and some people put loud music on the trail.

very crowded on a Saturday. I had to pay ten dollars for parking. the trail is not very well marked and stops at the road several times with long stretch down on paved road as well. I went up the red trail down white.

Beautiful. To be clear, you want to follow the green blazes, then walk right when you see the yellow blazes, then walk right when you see the white and red triangle blazes. It’s a wonderfully varied trail.

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