About the Bear Mountain Trails Project
The Bear Mountain Trails Project (BMTP) is a major trail building and rehabilitation effort managed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference in cooperation with its partners: The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, National Park Service Appalachian Trail Park Office, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Palisades Interstate Park Commission. The project is designed to rehabilitate and rebuild the trails on Bear Mountain as well as educate the public.
A "Masterpiece Trail"
That's what Backpacker Magazine calls the Appalachian Trail on Bear Mountain, our work in progress.
The project includes a major relocation of the Appalachian Trail, the restoration of the Major Welch Trail, the restoration of the Suffern Bear Mountain Trail, the construction of a link trail from the Suffern Bear Mountain Trail to the pine flats area on the Lower East Face section of the Appalachian Trail, and the construction of the Trails for People Exhibit and accessible trail.
The most significant of these construction efforts is on the Appalachian Trail, which has been re-routed numerous times on Bear Mountain since its founding in 1923 due to erosion caused from the trails 100,000+ hikers a year. This erosion on the A.T. was the catalyst for the conception of the Bear Mountain Trails Project.
Work trips led by NYNJTC's on-staff trail builder/educator, trail construction manager, and AmeriCorps members involve a variety of tasks, such as: prepping work sites, quarrying and/or splitting stone, using an overhead highline to transport stone, creating crushed stone (with mash and sledge hammers), building crib walls, setting rock steps, and revegetation.
Trail Conference Project Leaders
- Ama Koenigshof - Project Manager, Trail Builder/Educator, 616-337-2481
- Kevin Simpson - Trail Construction Manager
Bear Mountain Trails Project in the Press
- Backpacker Magazine 2014
- Blog 6 2014 Season
- Blog 5 2014 Season
- Blog 4 2014 Season
- Blog 3 2014 Season
- Blog 2 2014 Season
- Blog 1 2014 Season
- Blog: October 2013
- Blog: September 2013
- New York Times - Spring 2010
- Spring 2010 Newsletter
- Spring 2009 Newsletter
- Backpacker Magazine 2008-Bear Mountain Trails Project voted #1 trail building project in US.