Bear Mountain Loop via Appalachian Trail and Major...

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

View from summit of Bear Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin View from summit of Bear Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs Bear Mountain on a newly-built section of the Appalachian Trail and descends on the Major Welch Trail, passing a number of panoramic viewpoints.

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From the parking area, proceed across the lawn to the southwest corner of the Bear Mountain Inn and continue west (toward the mountain) on a paved path. About 400 feet beyond the Inn, you'll reach a junction of paved paths, marked by a trail sign. Bear right, following the white blazes of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as it leaves the paved path toward a stone building known as the Spider Hill...

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Trip Reports

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July 19, 2015
You are indeed correct that it makes more sense (and is safer) to do this hike in the reverse direction -- up the Major Welch Trail and down the Appalachian Trail.
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Daniel Chazin
July 13, 2015
Wow - no way would I descend down that rugged trail of the Major Welch.  I would recommend starting this hike in reverse!
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June 23, 2012
This hike is great in the reverse order as previously suggested.  It is a very steep incline up mostly rock on the Major Welch trail.  Going down this way would be difficult.
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