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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

84%

Runnable

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 run.

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 run 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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  3.6 from 15 votes

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Photos

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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Jul 2, 2021
Akira Yamada
Jun 25, 2021
Akira Yamada
Jun 20, 2020
John Perkins
Jul 11, 2019
Dietmar Stork
Not very easy to run, more a hike 13.2mi — 4h 57m
Mar 9, 2019
Pete Marvelli
Oct 7, 2018
Miguel Casas
Very technical, somehow steep on the way up to Bald Mountain (where the pic is taken).
Sep 30, 2018
Lawrence B Baker
Beautiful cool day. Great trail.
Aug 19, 2018
Eli Mendoza
A great trail. Technical in places - some steep climbs but manageable. Watch the humidity and watch the unmarked trails. 11.2mi