April 27, 2014
Fixed a bit
Thanks for pointing out the confusion. I also added the GPS coordinates of the toll house starting place.
April 27, 2014
Camp Smith Hike
My husband Tim and i hiked the Camp Smith Trail today, and it is just so gorgeous! We printed out these directions and brought them along. We took just 3 hours to do the whole thing, from the Bear Mt. Bridge Toll House to where our other car was parked on Rt. 9D, and found the directions easy to follow. The only place we had trouble was when I didn't realize i was at the top! We had climbed up the AT section from Rt. 9D so many times in the past, retracing our steps to return, that i assumed that the lovely area to the RIGHT of the woods road (coming up from Rt. 9D) was the "summit." So today when we dropped off the ACTUAL summit "to join a woods road," as the directions state, i was confused: Where was the "summit" that i knew and had been on so many times, almost directly above the Bear Mt. Bridge? The directions don't say which way to turn when you "drop down off the summit to join a woods road." The answer is, you should turn RIGHT. It's confusing there, because as soon as you drop off the summit you see a tree with three blue blazes as though it's the end of the Camp Smith Trail, and also 2 blazes indicating a right turn. If you go straight ahead (the directions say, "A left turn takes you..." but we both felt it was more like staying straight) you get to the false "summit" that i love so well, in about 2 minutes ... and from there, to get back down to your "other" car on Rt. 9D, you retrace your steps to that woods road and then turn LEFT. Anyway, we figured it out and had a fabulous, albeit very strenuous, hike. Thanks!
October 23, 2013
Decent hike with views
I hiked this trail from the bear mountain toll house to the last view from the top of Anthony's nose and then hiked back to the parking lot. Total distance is about 6 miles and the elevation gain is about 2000 feet. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. It took me about 3 hr 15 mins including a 10 min break on Anthony's nose. The Manitou mountain portion of the hike is very rocky -- having stiff soled hiking shoes will prevent sore feet. Although you can hear cars for most of the hike, I met only one hiker on the trail until I reached the view on Anthony's nose (there were several hikers there). Overall it is a good strenuous hike -- the only part I didn't enjoy was the rock hopping on Manitou mountain.
September 22, 2013
What happened to the flag?
I noticed that the flag is not on top of Anthony's Nose anymore. Does anyone have an idea why this is? The climb up the face from 9D is so much fun.
March 08, 2013
Anthony's Nose winter video
Last weekend we hiked to Anthony’s Nose and back from 9D north of Bear Mountain Bridge. Here is the video form this trail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPME3gUKdIU
November 04, 2010
Alternate route to Anthony's Nose
For a less strenuous route, you can start from the public access Camp Smith Military road on South Mountain Pass which you can get to from either 9 or 9D. This is a wide and rocky woods road with a gentle uphill grade. A few hundred yards into it, the AT veers off to the right with an overnight campsite near the junction that is quite popular with thru hikers. From here, you can take the AT or continue straight on the woods road since they reconnect about a mile up the hill. If you take the woods road, there is a junction ahead with a sign to the Nose on a tree where you turn right. [
If you keep straight here you will enter the base proper which is frowned upon (there is a no access sign). Webmaster - just don't go there.] When you come to the junction with the AT, the woods road merges with the AT for awhile until the AT heads to the right down the hill to the 9D parking area north of the Bear Mountain Bridge. At this junction keep straight on the blue blazed Camp Simth Trail which takes you to the summit. I have done both and prefer this way as I like to take my dogs and this is a more dog friendly hike as it does not invlove any grabbing or scrambling. It's 3.8 miles round trip and the walking time is just over an hour. Take a lunch or even a book as the Nose is a pleasant place to kill some time.