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muddy
scramble
3 days ago

Great trail, though agree with others that it’s moderate/hard. Definitely take the loop counter clockwise, much easier to scramble up than down. Additionally, if hiking with a dog you cannot go through the zoo/nature center. Instead take the bypass that takes you around the zoo. You will see a sign right before you go under the Bear Mt. Bridge, it reads “to Bear Mountain State Park”. This is a slight deviation from the trail marked on All Trails.

Nice hike.. good views of the Hudson and the bridge from the top of Popolopen Torne. The memorial was cool. We threw in the detour around the pond. It was a great birthday hike!

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off trail
rocky
4 months ago

Went on a Saturday morning. Started around 9 am. Trail not crowded on the way up. Took loop counterclockwise which is the better way way up. For a moderate hike. Some scrambles and great view at top. The way down was easier many rock steps. If you want a good hike definitely go counterclockwise. Overall enjoyable hike

I didn’t get to do the bear mountain loop because I ran out of time - I went up and down on the AT. It was nice, lots of traffic but it was a Sunday and there were still times I was alone on trail. It is hard to connect from twin forts to the bear mountain trails. When coming, just move to the paved path right next to the lake and follow it around with the lake to your right until you start seeing the trails leading up. Veer to the right for the scramble, veer to the left for the stairs. I hope to go back and try the scramble. Also beware the marked trail in the app. It goes thru the zoo and museum or something which is cool, but it is only open during certain hours. You need to take the bypass trail which is hard to figure out where it connects. It is blue blazes. But coming from bear mountain the blue blazes stop at the bridge. Really you need to cross the street by the crosswalk and then make a right - and then right before the bridge duck to the left and there is a small trail going down. My hike ended up being over 6.5 miles because of all the ambiguity in the app. Hard to follow.

More downed trees than usual in July, but a great path. See my trail description above.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

My husband and I did this on a Sunday which had a threat of rain. Moderate crowds when we first arrived at 10:30 am. Later it was much more crowded. I would definitely do it again. It is beautiful. We went counter-clockwise around the loop which I would recommend. It is hard going up, but would be harder going down. Definitely worth the effort. Somewhat muddy in spots, some pretty falls and the views from the top is very nice as well.

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10 months ago

Loved this nature trail. Easy rugged path and we saw hawks and snakes.

Highly recommended (see my description above). The rock scrambling up Major Welsh (reverse loop) is excellent!! This route also adds on distance and elevation gain to the regular loop and is less crowded at the start/end.

Great little loop.

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