Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from Route 9W

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Bear Mt. Bridge from Bald Mountain - Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from Route 9W - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin Bear Mt. Bridge from Bald Mountain - Bald Mountain/Doodletown Loop from Route 9W - Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike steeply climbs to a panoramic viewpoint atop Bald Mountain and descends on old woods roads through the historic former settlement of Doodletown.

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Cross Route 9W (use caution when crossing this very busy highway) and enter the woods on the south side of the stream, following the blue blazes of the Cornell Mine Trail. The trail heads uphill on a footpath, climbing rather steeply, then levels off. It soon begins to climb again, with cascades visible in the stream below to the right. After...

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June 19, 2016
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1777 Trail Changes Made?
Just got back from trying this trial today and came out 3.4 miles to the south of where I started on the blue blazes on Route 9W?  Did they do away with the 1777E and 1777W trails?  I never found the T intersection or the old settlement.  And the 1777 blazes (badges on trees and painted blazes) seemd very fresh. Hmmmm....I'm not an expert hiker but not a noivce that I can't find my way around.  Just a warning to everyone else!
danburnham
November 16, 2015
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to Bald Mt summit from 9W by Iona Island
Just hiked it again on Friday 11/13/15 day after rain fall. The stream and small waterfalls were active and beautiful. Thick layer of leaves on a good part of the trail. I'm glad we decided to use the poles. It took us 4 hours to do loop. We had to slow it down alot due to leaves - slipping and losing balance several times because of leaves - wet green slippery moss on rocks. It was quite dangerous at times, maybe that why we didn't run into anyone. The payoff was looking off bald moutain to the Bear mt bridge area.  Don't try it without poles this time of year and anticipate a few falls and risk of injury is at least medium.
zaktoto
September 01, 2015
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to Bald Mt summit from 9W by Iona Island
After hiking for about 25 minutes (blue haze) you will come across an unmarked trail which if you turn right will take you towards Doodletown.  After hiking a total of almost 90 minutes following the blue blaze.  Near the top, the Cornell Mine Trail ends at a junction with the red-dot-on-white-blazed Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail. If you want to go to the top of the summit at Bald Mt. make a right on the red dot and white blaze.and in about 10 minutes you will be at Summit of Bald mt. There were about about 4 groups or couples on the top with tents- view is as good as it gets. ***just be kind to little dogs it is more then they can handle- they will need help.
zaktoto
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