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
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
Other: Day Hike, Backpacking, Scenic Views
Safety Direction (if lost): East will bring you back to Route 9W/202.