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Best Trails in Bear Mountain State Park

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Want to find the best trails in Bear Mountain State Park for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 35 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? Explore one of 4 easy hiking trails in Bear Mountain State Park that are great for the whole family. Looking for a more strenuous hike? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 16 to 1,034 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Bear Mountain State Park.
Description

Bear Mountain State Park sits in a rugged mountain setting on the west bank of the Hudson River in Rockland County , New York. The park is a 50 mile drive north from New York City via route 9W and has scenic views that go on for miles. 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. Popular hiking trails within the park include Anthony's Nose, Bald Mountain, and Major Welch Trail. 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. 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. You can also take a walk over the Bear Mountain Bridge for great views of the Hudson Valley and Hudson River below. Bear Mountain truly has something for everyone!

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Map of trails in Bear Mountain State Park, New York
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Park information
Area:
2,106 hectares
Park hours
Monday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Contact
(845) 786-2701
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Top trails (35)
Bear Mountain Loop Trail
#1 - Bear Mountain Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.1 km • Est. 2h 19m
Although relatively short, this great hike features some scrambling up rock slabs as the trail climbs to the Perkins Memorial Tower. Located near Hessian Lake in the Hudson Valley, this loop trail is a great option for a day trip from New York City. Be sure to arrive early as Bear Mountain State Park is a popular destination for hikers and runners on weekends. Starting at the parking lot near the Bear Mountain Inn, you’ll walk alongside Hessian Lake for a short distance before reaching the Major Welch Trail. This is where you’ll begin climbing as views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge come into sight. Sections of this loop include hiking over flat rock faces. You’ll cross Perkins Memorial Drive, at which point you’ll be about a half mile from the tower and paved paths at the top. Descend along the Appalachian Trail and return to the parking lot. Be sure to stop at the overlook on the way down for a final view of the Hudson River!Show more
Popolopen Torne Loop
#2 - Popolopen Torne Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 7.4 km • Est. 2h 37m
This is an absolutely beautiful trail in any season, but especially popular and stunning during the fall season. The leaves, the pathways, the bridge and stream are all so lovely and the view at the top is incredible magic in October! The trail begins at the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site. There is hiker parking about 1/4 mile north of the Historic Site parking, and users are reminded to please use hiker parking on weekends when the trail gets very busy. From the parking lot and at the stone staircase, users can follow the light blue blazes that take users under the 9W viaduct bridge. If completing the trail as pictured on AllTrails, bear right at the first trail intersection and loop around, heading East, to get to the West side of Route 9W bridge and start the Torne hike at the Red and White Blaze trailhead. The trail then continues along the Hudson River for a while, as it meanders through the pristine state park. As the trail ascends from the lower valley, users should be prepared for rocky trails, and trails that cross very smooth rock that can be very slippery and icy. Users may have to help pets in these areas, or bring ropes for anyone who does not have proper footwear. Downloading the offline map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and/or that there may be poor cell reception in this area. Show more
Doodletown Bridle Path Loop Trail
#3 - Doodletown Bridle Path Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 9.2 km • Est. 3h 16m
Highlights include grand views of the Hudson River Valley, historic revolutionary roads, Doodletown Reservoir, mining area, and awesome Split Rock Falls. Free parking is available. Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
Dunderberg, Bald Mountain, and The Timp Loop
#4 - Dunderberg, Bald Mountain, and The Timp Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 11.9 km • Est. 4h 13m
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. 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. After the intersection with the Cornell Mine Trail (blue), stay on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, which now climbs Bald Mountain, passing several remnants of the Cornell Mine along the way. There is another marvelous viewpoint at the top of Bald Mountain. The trail then descends. 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. 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.Show more
Perkins Memorial Tower via Appalachian Trail
#5 - Perkins Memorial Tower via Appalachian Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.1 km • Est. 2h 17m
Popolopen Torne Trail
#6 - Popolopen Torne Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.9 km • Est. 49m
Visitors have reported that for directions, keep an eye out for Bull Bridge Road.Show more
West Mountain Loop Trail
#7 - West Mountain Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 9.8 km • Est. 3h 13m
Timp Torne Loop Trail
#8 - Timp Torne Loop Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 10.9 km • Est. 3h 57m
Start at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area and hike into Bear Mountain State Park via the Fawn trail. The Fawn trail intersects the Timp Torne trail which you can follow South up the ridge leading to Western Mountain then turn East towards Jones Point overlooking the Hudson River. When you reach Timp's peak, you have a great (distant) view of Manhattan. Bring food and water!Show more
Timp-Torne Trail and Dunderberg Spiral Railway and Loop
#9 - Timp-Torne Trail and Dunderberg Spiral Railway and Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 6.4 km • Est. 2h 15m
Offline map recommended. Users have reported that the trail is not marked well.Show more
Bald Mountain Loop
#10 - Bald Mountain Loop
Bear Mountain State Park
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Length: 11.4 km • Est. 4h 4m
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