Bear Mountain NY Loop

Wood Bridge Crossing

Only an hour North (NNW) of New York City, enjoy great hiking as we backpack up Bear Mountain while observing many excellent views of the terrain, Hudson River valley, Bear Mountain bridge and part of the Appalachian trail (A.T.). Don’t worry, we didn’t come across any bears but there are very neat and well maintained stone stairs ways thorough much of the trail and a 5 story stone observation tower at the top!

Location: Bear Mountain, NY
Season (video): Late Summer
Weather Conditions (video): Sunny
Trail: Bear Mountain loop
GPS Trail Head Coordinates: 41.3129006, -73.9900308
Distance: 5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Views: Hudson Valley, Bear Mountain Bridge
State Park: Harriman State Park
Access: Cross Bear Mountain Bridge (Westbound) and turn south on Route 9W/202 for less then a mile. Parking: fee at Bear Mountain Inn
Recommended Supplies: 5 x 600ml (20 OZ) bottles of water (or sports drink), a small snack, map, compass & first aid kit.
Recommended Gear: Hiking Boots, Small Backpack
Day Hike, Backpacking, Scenic Views
Safety Direction (if lost): East will bring you back to Route 9W/202.



Bear Mountain NY Hiking Trail Map

  7 comments for “Bear Mountain NY Loop

  1. matthew
    June 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Can you camp on bear mountain? Not established camping spots, but just in general is it allowed?

    • admin
      July 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      There is camping allowed in the park. See the state park website for more details but I don’t think your permitted to camp outside of designated camping area anywhere in any New York State park (unfortunately). Happy camping.

  2. MB
    October 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    The video freezes at 2:04. I have tried several times to view it, but it freezes there all the time and doesn’t go any further.

    • admin
      October 19, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks for the note, the problem has been corrected, hope you enjoy the video & have a chance to go see bear mountain for yourself if you haven’t had a chance yet. Leaves must be great this time of year!

  3. Kurt
    August 31, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Taking the Major Welch (red) trail up and the AT (white) trail down, what is the total mileage?

    • jon
      November 17, 2013 at 5:33 am

      Hi Kurt Total distance is a little under 5 miles however the elevation gain is over 1100 so that factors in too. Pending how much you rest & site see you can complete it in 4 hours. Enjoy!

  4. Itay
    November 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    and how long does it take? “Major Welch (red) trail up and the AT (white) trail down, what is the total mileage?”

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