Bear Mountain Loop via Major Welch Trail and...

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Hudson River and Iona Island from the Scenic Drive. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Hudson River and Iona Island from the Scenic Drive. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Bear Mountain Loop via Major Welch Trail and Appalachian Trail - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Bear Mountain Loop via Major Welch Trail and Appalachian Trail - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin

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

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Anthony's Nose from the Major Welch Trail along Hessian Lake. Photo by Daniel Chazin.From the...

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Trip Reports

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April 18, 2017
5
Awesome Hike!
What a pleasure. The very challenging ascent, the gorgeous Hudson River and mountain views and the spectacularly built AT section make this one of the region's very best hikes.
janete11en
September 18, 2016
0
Sept 2016 Hike
My husband and I completed this hike in 2 1/2 hrs. Quite enjoyable. I'd say the first half is a bit strenuous but the trip down is not strenuous at all. Several pretty look-out points. Very popular trail - Lots of people, dogs, children on the trail.
emilymaysmith
June 13, 2016
0
Great hike!
Great descriptions above and a pretty well marked trail. A few hiccups on the vertical acesnt where you can't readily see a trail marker but not that big a deal. That 1.5 climb is no joke if your not in shape but me and the 12 year olds I was with had no problems. I wouldn't want to go up or down it if it was wet out though. Most of the rest of the trail is very very well maintained and an easy walk, especially on the back end on the AT trail with the hand hewn stone steps. The tower was nice also and the kids got to go to the top. It still aggrevates me though how some people still insist on littering!   
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