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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November 07, 2017
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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
June 19, 2016
0
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
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