Crowds. Bear Down for Bear Mountain (I'm the husband of the sharp gal in this member photo) - This is my favorite hike in Sedona, the toughest trail right in town. Question – why not do up and back on the AT instead of a loop? **WARNING** While most Hudson Valley parks and trails have reopened, there are still a few notable closures and parking restrictions to be aware of. specials. Minivans. Thanks for this guide; it was super helpful! 16. 21. Thanks so much! Immediately after that picnic area turnoff, the well-marked Appalachian Trail heads into the woods on your left. Immediately after that overlook, look for the sign on the left side of the trail that marks the end of your paved vacation. Right. North face of Bear Mountain from Route 550 Bear Mountain is visible as an impressive peak from Route 550 south of Red Mountain Pass in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Since I realized we were going to run out of light, I didn’t take the time to really think about how to begin our decent. Intersects with the Divide Trail #36, eventually climbing up to Jicarita Peak (12,835’ elev.) Over the next 1.25 miles, you’ll climb 1,064 feet. I wouldn’t attempt the road walk from Bear Mountain Bridge all the way along 202 to the Toll House, either — the road is quite twisty and not ideal at all for pedestrians. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Offline map recommended. A word about the trailside zoo…I’ve read many a thru hiker complain about its ‘ugliness,’ but remember that all the animals in the zoo were rescued from near death and are for one reason or another unfit to go back to the wild. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well. As of this writing in August 2017, this short section of trail is under construction, with the entrance blocked off. at the historic Bear Mountain Inn. #3 - Dunderberg, Bald Mountain, and The Timp Loop. I did this hike today on September 27, 2018, and the new section of the AT was open! But not by you. Jim, so sorry you had such an unexpected adventure out there! I updated the trail guide above with your official count. The trail begins at a broad path at the parking area, crosses two washes and then starts a gradual ascent 1/4 mile to the wilderness boundary at … What a great hike. I went on a Saturday at 9 and only passed two groups on the way up (Major Welch); on the way down the Appalachian, however, there was quite a bit more people. You guys are tough, Steve! If you are looking for some family friendly activities, take advantage of the parks various picnic areas, take a ride on the Merry-go-round, or take a paddleboat out for a spin on Hessian Lake. dining. According to signage along the trail, the section of Appalachian Trail that you’ll traverse on your descent features over 1,000 stone steps, each one painstakingly installed without the use of heavy machinery. Whether you are looking for a day trip or staying overnight in the Bear Mountain Inn, this park has a variety of activities to offer from hiking, to mountain biking and cross-country ski trails. There is hiker parking about 1/4 mile north of the Historic Site parking (please use hiker parking on weekends). On our most recent visit, though, it was wide open. NPS. Turn left, slightly uphill for a moment, to continue on the White Trail. This is a phenomenal hike with fun rock-clambering, multiple wonderful views (some more secluded than others), and some of the most insane trailwork I’ve ever seen. Thanks so much for all of your hard work, info and insider view. See the NYC skyline over there? Keep heading straight on the now-dually-blazed Major-Welch-and-Appalachian-Trail hybrid. Start at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area and hike into Bear Mountain State Park via the Fawn trail. Anyone want to give us a count on those steps? 18. fox5659 - Apr 25, 2003 7:56 am - Hasn't voted Untitled Comment. Just next door is Harriman State Park. What do you think of again parking at the Inn , walking the bridge to the tollhouse and the Camp Smith trailhead and instead of retracing our steps we head down the shorter way leaving us close to the bridge ? Please read it before heading out into the wild green yonder, and let's hope that everyone will adhere to that guidance so that we can keep heading in the right direction in the Hudson Valley. (I drove by Bear Mountain on the Fourth of July, 2017, and it was a madhouse. Start at a parking area on US 9W near Jones Point, taking the joint Ramapo-Dunderberg (red) and Timp-Torne Trails (blue) up a fairly steep incline. But even with the sea of humanity that you may find elsewhere at Bear Mountain, and the all-too-frequent litter, the trails and scenery here are truly beautiful, are quite secluded in many spots, and should be on every local hiker’s to-do list. Length 6.5 miElevation gain 1702 ftRoute type Loop There are 18 moderate trails in Bear Mountain State Park ranging from 1 to 12.6 km and from 1 to 396 meters above sea level. Please leave a comment! Once you’re on the trail system, too, you may find some depressing reminders that some people just aren’t as cool as you and me. One minute after that sharp left, you’re dumped onto another road. The area is a popular retreat from the city and surrounding suburbs, especially in … And greetings from the future! Thank you! Took Memorial Day off work with my husband and decided to hike up using your guide. My bad. Thanks for all the info and pics you’ve posted here! When you’re done up there (or if you couldn’t get in, because you’ve done something bad), hop across the street to check out the views. You can also get directions by checking out the Bear Mountain State Park entry on the Google map. Turn left here (toward a big boulder, away from the Blue Trail) to continue on the Major Welch Trail. Lisca. When the trails split, turn right with the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which continues up Dunderberg, with several spots where there are fine views of the Hudson River. Less than five minutes after crossing the road, keep a lookout for a sharp left turn in the trail, marked with two white blazes. For campers wanting solitude in the Big Bear area, Yellow Post … It’s fine. Length 5.5 miElevation gain 1391 ftRoute type Loop Our party had separated just before the tower (one took the road to get there and the other two stayed on the trail) and it took a little while to get back together. Now that you’re on the Appalachian Trail, you can just follow those white blazes all the way back to the start of today’s loop (from Step 2 above). Super-cool Google Earth flyover of hike route: Related resources: If you’re looking for actual facts and/or useful information, visit these resources: Want to support trails in the Hudson Valley? About twenty minutes past the giant’s hot tub, you’ll arrive at my son’s favorite stretch of trail, with several steep, open rock faces to traverse. We got a bit of a late start and didn’t get to the top until about 8pm. However, we encountered another group hiking up the trail, so we decided to try it out. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Bear Mountain is a 11.9 mile out and back trail located near Kent, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. That’s where you want to be – turn left to hop on the Appalachian Trail here. That Major Welch was no joke. If you’ve never been, or maybe even if you have, you should put this hike into your rotation. From the top, you are rewarded with panoramic views of the red rocks of Sedona as well as the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. 22. In my defense I am usually with the non-hiking members of my family. AllTrails has 31 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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. 29. There is also a bus from Manhattan to Bear Mountain (which I’ve not yet tried), for those looking for carfree-accessible hike. There’s a paved path behind the inn that keeps heading directly away from the parking lot, toward several other paved trails back in the woods. or trees would still have no leaves? SCENIC VIEWS: At the end of Bear Mountain Trail are spectacular views of the Kenai Mountain Range and the Kenai River Basin. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Our scheduled day-trip is the perfect way to take advantage of the unbeilievable hiking available just an hour from the doorstep of New Yorkers. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well. Here’s wishing you and your fiancé a lifetime of finding other things to argue about , I hiked the shorter version of Anthonys Nose by parking at the Bear Mountain Inn and walking across the bridge . Wow, that takes some serious dedication to count all those steps. 15. My son counted the steps until the novelty wore off – he made it to 200. Kidding! CAMPING: Areas suitable to tent camping are available on top of Bear Mountain. When you’re done ogling the money spot, it’s time to hop on the Appalachian Trail for our descent. The trail then descends. Temporary step: If the Appalachian Trail is still under construction during your visit, just follow the road (and the plentiful temporary signs) downhill. In just another moment, you’ll emerge into the (sigh) parking lot. People were parked illegally all over the place, including the center of the roundabout at the Bear Mountain Bridge, and were being ticketed accordingly. When you reach the cul-de-sac, follow the trail as it veers off to the right. Hi, Thanks for the Bear Mountain guide. Say goodbye to the easy livin’! Bear Mountain is a rocky summit that sits above a pristine beautiful lake named Devils Punchbowl. 12. I was also planning on bringing my six-year-old Shih Tzu but I’m nervous she wouldn’t be able to make it up past those rocks and I’m also nervous about holding her while we climb up in case we slip and fall…. I know this was the wrong link, but I enjoyed it immensely and it was like I was walking the trail with you. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. It took us (2 adults and a pomeranian huskie) just 2.5 hours in case anyone was wondering about the timing — but then we didn’t linger much at the views, only enough to take a couple of selfies of course. This junction marks the start (and end) of our loop for the day. Dudes were dragging coolers across three lanes of traffic. You’ll also get a gander at the little building with the vending machines. I have hiked up to Anthony’s nose three different ways (including from the Bear Mt. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! You could that walking on your hands, right? Keep following the double-blazed (white and white-with-red-circle) trail. “Shhhh, buddy, time to stop calling them ‘cheaters’ now,” I whispered. After you’ve spent the afternoon busting your hump to climb a mountain, you know what you don’t want to see at the summit? bridge and down to the river. Definitely do NOT try to do this hike on the Fourth of July, unless you enjoy having the worst time of your life.). Check out the educational signage as you marvel at the last few (dozen) stairs for the day. Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19, restaurant or the hiker’s café at the Bear Mountain Inn, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference homepage, Harriman State Park: Lemon Squeezer to Lichen Trail, Play on the righteous playground right over there, Check out the grub options in the Bear Mountain Inn, Hike the remaining 786 miles to Maine, grab a nice lobster dinner, Head straight back by the Bear Mountain Inn to locate your car in the parking lot. Hop on up to that junction, assuming you don’t get a better offer to crash a picnic along the way. Bear Mountain is particularly great for families, thanks to the historic merry-go-round, an outdoor ice-skating rink that opens when the temps drop, and the Trailside Museums & Zoo. What an amazing place. I’ll keep on blathering here, just in case anyone finds it useful, but I will not be offended at all if you don’t read any further. Thank you for the very detailed guide! You can park right at the toll house, though, so I’d consider launching your adventure from there, rather than the Bear Mountain Inn. Would it be possible to do it without any hiking shoes/boots? If I had better notes from your blog, I might not have messed up. The view is amazing whether the trees are brown or green, in my humble opinion. I will now look up on the map where this place is, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get there. Really. Let’s get started! Blue Bear Mountain Camp offers year round camping experiences for every type of outdoor enthusiast. You’re back where you started. 11. Turn left here to head uphill, following the Major Welch Trail – which now becomes an actual trail. About six minutes after the road crossing, you’ll arrive at a junction with a blue-blazed trail. Whew! This is an absolutely beautiful trail: the leaves, the pathways, the bridge and stream are all so lovely and the view at the top is incredible! There are some closures due to COVID-19 precautions, but … Length 11.9 miElevation gain 3694 ftRoute type Out & back Hiking Nature trips Forest Lake Views Wildflowers Perhaps you can even find a friendly cheater (obvious by their lack of sweat and synthetic clothing) to take a photo for you. There are about 1,000 stone steps between you and the end of the loop. Together, the two state parks cover over 50,000 acres--about the size of Brooklyn. It’s just .4 smooth-sailing miles to the tower from here! 4. How long did you take you to climb those steep rocks? I did this hike solo (and for the first time!) Bear Mountain (2,316 feet) is the highest peak in Connecticut (the highest ground is the south slope of Mount Frissel, whose peak is in MA). Besides the awesome hiking, this park also offers many other activities. On your left, you can see across the field to the awesome carousel building. Thanks for the great guide and suggestion! GPS coordinates of parking area: 41.31204, -73.98869 (Clicking will open in Google Maps or the Apple Maps app, depending on your browser/device.). You’d probably get to over 1,000 if you counted the steps on the Major Welch Trail, too. You nailed it, thanks very much! Car accessible tent and RV sites in a natural setting. I was huffing all the way up. A fan favorite is the loop hike that starts at the Bear Mountain Inn, takes you up the Major Welch trail towards the famous Perkins Memorial Tower at the Bear Mountain Summit, and then down a portion of the Appalachian Trail back to the Inn. I kept your blog open the whole way up to make sure we were on the right path and read out tidbits to my husband – love your humor. Can’t wait to try more hikes now. If you're living in CT and you're not sure what to do during a free day, I suggest taking a hike along the Appalachian Trail. These stone steps must have taken many gallons of elbow grease to build. You’ll also see some amazing trail work here. Flip-flops. There were quite a lot of felled trees. In another moment, the trail crosses a gravel road, and you’ll stay straight/right to keep following the blazes. Bear Mountain State Park is a great day-trip escape from New York City. in the Pecos Wilderness. Getting here is a challenge. Bear Mountain Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mission, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. (According to this Bear Mountain Trails Project page, it was the always-awesome New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, in cooperation with several other super-cool groups, that made all this awesomeness happen.) There is another marvelous viewpoint at the top of Bald Mountain. You can also subscribe without commenting. To pick up the trail, when you’re standing at the overlook, turn to face Perkins Tower, with the view at your back. 3. Time to go to work. If you’re coming across the bridge from the east, enter the roundabout, then take the last exit for Route 202 west and Route 9W south, toward Haverstraw. When we did cross the road the second time, it was too dark to continue in the woods, so we decided to stay on the road heading downhill (thinking we were on Perkins road). 24. Even the cheaters. As you near the far side of the lake, you’ll find a nice, rocky overlook on your right, where you can hop up and check things out. Soak it in. Stop judging me! Thank you for this guide! and felt like a champ for knowing where to go and what to expect along the way. Sorta nearby address for your GPS: The park lists its address as: While there’s no street address, for most mapping apps, you can simply enter “Bear Mountain State Park” and it will take you to the right place. In particular, about five minutes after you veered left to stay on the Major Welch Trail, you’ll come upon a tree with a blue X on it (as of June 2017) – you have to look past that tree, uphill, to find the next Major Welch blaze. Straight ahead, you’ll see the junction where several trails converge. Excellent guide. Many people just lounge on the lawn and enjoy the views of Anthony’s Nose looming across the river, too. Wilderness Food Storage. Looks like the old link worked on some devices and not others. Shorter: To create a short-but-sweet 3-mile loop, follow the directions below to Tripod Rock, then retrace your steps to the lot. (Enter Bear Mountain as your destination on the Coach USA site for the schedule.). While the views here are undeniably, famously gorgeous, it was hard for me to build up too much steam to write a trail guide for this hike, for this reason: right beside the beautiful view, there’s a big, fat, busy parking lot. Just go around that tree. From the shores of Long Island to the mighty Niagara Falls, New York's 180 state parks offer countless opportunities to explore your natural environment, escape from the grind of the everyday and experience exciting new adventures. And really, why shouldn’t there be? Much appreciated! While the rocks are not that much of an obstacle, I would still recommend having good hiking footwear for this hike — it is long and quite rocky in spots, and if you try to do this hike without some good, stiff-soled shoes, I’d expect your feet to be quite unhappy with you by the end of the day. In just a moment, at the stoplight, veer right onto Seven Lakes Drive, then turn right at the Bear Mountain Inn to follow the signs for PARKING. Enjoy the views of Hessian Lake as you amble along the paved path to its left. Imagination and wonder can fill one's mind when walking this historic route. With hikes for every level of adventurer, there are hundreds of miles of trails to explore within the park and plenty of … Regular parking fee is your admission. (Just had another comment bring me back to this comment section – so sorry for my late reply here.). Despite its spectacular looks and proximity to a major road, Bear Mountain does not have a … Consider how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful ‘neighborhood.’, Your email address will not be published. Just for future hiker, when we went onto the Major Welch Trail it has been blocked off by a small road block stating there was potentially dangerous hiking conditions (presumably due to the recent storm). Immediately after you veer right at the cul-de-sac, the trail turns left, and you can hop down the stone steps to gratefully leave the pavement behind. Thank you for the great, detailed guide for the hike. I counted the steps. The morning after – We’re all a little more stiff and sore than we expected, but overall, it was well worth it. “Vending machines by the road? 1. And just think how much gas you’ll save by not just driving to the top! You can download a park trail map to find the location of trails, backcountry shelters, and campsites in the park. So who’s really getting cheated here? Dunderberg, Bald Mountain, and The Timp Loop, Perkins Memorial Tower via Appalachian Trail, Timp-Torne Trail and Dunderberg Spiral Railway and Loop. Or just wear whatever you have already. Major Welch is adequately (but not abundantly) marked through this area – look alive out there, and keep watching for those blazes. Great views the whole way. Please read reviews for tips on how to get to the trail during these months. The guide was so good I didn’t need to check it (except once!) Please note that the parking lot fills up very fast on the weekends. Connecticut’s high point is somewhere on the side of Mount Frissell, whose summit is in Massachusetts.) This is the true money spot. One last thing I like to do while cavorting with the cheaters. Look to your left to pick up the trail again. From the footbridge, it’s about five minutes to your next trail junction, when you pop out from some cool rock formations to find the Blue Trail heading off to your right, downhill. Mileage: 4.4 miles roundtrip, moderate trail surface and elevation gain; one slightly difficult rocky descent. Living in the city for 8 years I have never hiked up any mountain and never been to bear mountain either. This was a really fun hike and had more rock scrambling than I expected on the Major Welch Trail. I *think* it would be about 4.3 miles from the toll house up the Camp Smith trail to Anthony’s Nose, and down to the 9D trailhead by the Bear Mountain Bridge. What a cool spot. Veer left to stay on the Major Welch trail. As you venture back there, you’ll see picnic areas and Hessian Lake on your right (don’t turn toward the lake). (And here’s a quick primer on Leave No Trace, too, to help us keep the trails nice and fresh for each other.). We did the hike in reverse this time and it was slightly steep at points going down but otherwise a very senic route. If you’d like to pause this hike to go rent a paddleboat, now’s your chance! From here on out, 50% of the proceeds generated from the purchase of sweet custom gear from Hike the Hudson Valley’s online store will be donated to the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the organization that makes so many of our adventures possible. 2. You can also take a drive up Perkins Memorial Drive to the Perkins Memorial Tower where you will find spectacular views of the park, the Hudson Highlands and the adjacent Harriman State Park. Check the park website before going: 5. We’ll be hopping on the Major Welch Trail to ascend Bear Mountain, and coming back down on the Appalachian Trail. Thanks for catching that! The lot did seem to be very full on our way out around noon. I'll do my best to keep that page as up-to-date as possible. Hi, Kelly! Bring your camera and binoculars. It’s like a microcosm of the World. You get a view up the Hudson to the north, along with a glimpse at the Bear Mountain Bridge. From the parking lot and at the stone staircase, follow the light blue blazes that takes you under the 9W viaduct bridge. You’ll walk on this road for about five minutes, noting the blazes on the boulders as you go. One of these days I will leave them to picnic, zoo and carousel while I hike up and over. Thank you so much for such an excellent and detailed guide! I am planning a visit to NYC end of April, thinking of visiting Bear Mountin and going a hike on 4/27. Retrace your steps, and stay on the Timp-Torne Trail is it winds its way back to your starting point, passing through more remains of the Dunderberg railway works, and affording some more great views of the Hudson River. Bear Mountain is one of the tallest peaks in Sedona. Really drives me crazy. (Then you can volunteer, donate, or shop, depending on your mood.). And vehicularity. Thank you for writing this. Pay close attention in this next section – if you don’t play a game of “Find the Next Trail Marker” the whole way, you could easily wander off-trail. What a nice place to be, no matter how you got up here (but especially if you didn’t cheat). We did this today (Saturday morning) arriving around 10 am and had no trouble parking. Less than ten minutes after the viewpoint, after some more climbing, the trail crosses Perkins Memorial Drive, aka Cheaters’ Highway. Nearby Hotels. Venture around to the other side of the tower. Subscribe: Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. I used this as my reference guide and trail map. #5 - Perkins Memorial Tower via Appalachian Trail. Yellow Post Sites. At the intersection with the Timp-Torne Trail, turn onto it, which ascends to the Timp, with great views, particularly of the NY City skyline. Thank you. We hiked from Under Moutain Road parking area, and that trail connects with the Appalachian Trail, scrambles over some great rock 25. 7. Was this trail guide useful to you? concerned that I would be disappointed. After many more steps and some beautiful stretches of trail, you’ll pop out onto another nice view, this time looking south down the river. Bear Mountain State Park sits in a rugged mountain setting on the west bank of the Hudson River in Rockland County , New York. (This is not to be confused with the highest point in the state. If you leave the non hikers at the park and head across the bridge up to Anthony’s nose, be sure to arrange a time to wave to each other. It was quite busy in the parking lot and all but once we started hiking it wasn’t bad at all. Here’s one great way: Visit the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference homepage and click on Volunteer, Donate, or Shop! This trail begins at the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. If you like cool cars, there is a weekly Wednesday night car show on the lawn between the carousel and the inn during the summer. My son liked that one. I hiked this today as my first solo hike! We’ll wait here. Thank you. Congratulations on hiking to one of the most beautiful spots in the Hudson Valley, even when you could have cheated. … We were going to take the Welch trail up and the AT down as you suggested. Advanced features of this website require that you enable JavaScript in your browser. As the trail continues ascending, you’ll wander through some mountain laurel thickets that must be amazing at the right time of year. 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