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Bear Mountain Loop

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 3.6 (15) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A loop in Bear Mountain State Park that is accessible by bus from NYC.


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11.2

Miles

18.0

KM

Loop

1,046' 319 m

High

63' 19 m

Low

2,225' 678 m

Up

2,224' 678 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

A lovely loop in Bear Mountain State Park that makes for a great weekend afternoon hike.

Description

To get to Bear Mountain State Park from NYC with mass transport, you can take the Short Line bus right to the trailhead. The bus runs on weekends and takes a while but is worth it if you are car-less. The bus drops you off in front of a lodge and a huge grass lawn. From here, head south to the far parking area and look for the trail through a tunnel under a road.

Basically, follow the Blue, Cornell Mine Trail south. You'll have to hike along the road for a very short distance and then duck back into the woods near a waterfall. Keep going south to a red-blazed, Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to your left (east). The trail will bring you out towards the Hudson River and some good views. Head back east to rejoin the Blue, Timp-Torne Trail.

You'll do some seemingly unnecessary elevation gain and loss before meeting up with yet another red-blazed trail, 1777 Trail. Head north, and avoid turning off on one of the many unmarked forest roads. Finally, look for the Yellow, Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail and head right (northeast). This trail should lead you back to the lodge. The lodge servers beer on the second floor if you have some time to kill before the bus returns.

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Land Manager: NY State Parks

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Karl W

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Iona Island View from Northern Jones Point Route
Mar 30, 2022 near Peekskill, NY
Jones Point Tunnel
Mar 30, 2022 near Verplanck, NY
Abandoned but Functional Shelter at Church Camp
Mar 30, 2022 near Verplanck, NY
Cornell Mine Trail Sign
Jul 11, 2020 near Fort Mo…, NY
View of Bear Mountain Bridge from Cornell Mine Trail.
Apr 17, 2021 near Fort Mo…, NY
India Point Energy Center from Jones Point
Mar 30, 2022 near Verplanck, NY

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Jun 13, 2021
Dani H
STEEP SCRAMBLY Honestly much rougher than it looks ngl 4.5mi
Dec 11, 2020
Tyrelle Elmore
Dec 6, 2020
Outdoor Hiker
Jun 12, 2020
Danny DeFalco
12.2mi — 7h 58m
Jun 12, 2020
Audrey Grant
Nov 24, 2019
Lenny Bautista
Oct 20, 2019
Get Outside
Great views. I cleaned the trail as part of Keep Rockland Beatiful event. Clean up after yourselves! 5.6mi
Oct 14, 2019
Jenny Moy