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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July 22, 2018
5
Pleasant hike
Hiked in the morning of 7/22/18. Took 2.5hrs to complete. First of all, I wanted to say big thank you to mr Chazin and his team for very detailed and accurate directions. Blue and red-dot-on-white blazes are marked very well and so are 1777 for the most part. Only the first 1/3 of the hike is challenging with constant climbing to the summit of Bald Mountain. But the views are rewarding and totally worth the effort. The remaining parts of this hike take your through remnants of Doodletown. The trailhead has a free parking and can accommodate about 5-6 cars.
mike.burkov
November 07, 2017
0
Mileage check confirms 5 mile length

I'm glad you enjoyed the hike, even if it ended up seeming longer than originally expected.  Your daughter is quite the trooper for completing the loop!

I have rechecked the mileage for this loop as written, using our map with junction-to-junction mileages that are derived from wheeled measurements and computer-generated lengths, and the stated 5 mile length is accurate.  Hikes rated as strenuous can often include steep climbs and/or descents that sometimes make the distance feel much longer than it actually is.

~Jeremy
Trail Conference cartographer

Jeremy Apgar
November 05, 2017
4
7.5 miles, not 5!!!
This was a lovely hike, but it was closer to 7-8 miles than the 5-mile length in the description. If I'd known in advance how much longer this hike was going to be, I probably would not have taken my 6 year-old along. That said, she did walk the entire loop, and the views from the peak of Bald Mountain were spectacular even in the misty rain. It would be easier to follow the directions if the distances between landmarks down the mountain were more clearly described - we nearly turned off of 1777E too early three times, based on the "1777E turns left, but stay on the unmarked path straight ahead". Future hikers, stay on 1777E until you get to the sign directing you to the waterfall!!
alterjess
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