West Mountain (Timp-Torne/A.T. and Beechy Bottom Road)...

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

West-facing view from West Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin West-facing view from West Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the ridge of West Mountain, passing several expansive viewpoints over the Hudson River and the surrounding hills.

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From the parking area, walk back along the entrance road until you reach a gravel road on the right blocked off with a gate. Turn right and follow this road, marked with the white blazes of the Anthony Wayne Trail. Bear right at the next fork and continue uphill, proceeding ahead across a four-way intersection.

When you reach a T-intersection, turn left. Then, in 25 feet, you'll notice...

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Trip Reports

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May 05, 2019
Best overall hike for views in Winter
This past winter, I did this hike over six times, and it never disappointed. The ridge itself has 360 views of Bear Mountain, the Hudson, Black Mountain, and NYC from various points on the ridge. This is a best kept secret. This has so many vantage points. While at first the ascent can be tricky, it is not as difficult as Breakneck Mountain. You will definitely need traction in all seasons, as you are going over big rock slabs that are smooth and can sometimes be wet from rain. Go a bit further on the blue trail to the West Mountain shelter, and get a good look at the Timp and the Hudson River. Lots of habitat changes on the hike make for a very interesting hike (meadows, forest, rock slides, bogs, stream crossings. Beechy Bottom road is flooded and muddy in all three seasons, and is an ice sheet in Winter, so wear long pants and gaiters when you do this loop. The sunsets atop West Mountain are spectacular.
July 08, 2018
Good hike
Took us about 2.5 hours to complete with a couple of 5-10 minute breaks at the view points. The trail is well marked. Most of the climb is in the first hour. After you reach the TT-AT intersection, you walk on the ridge of the west mt. There is a bit of scrambling on TT / RD trails, but plenty of hand holds and little exposure make it straight forward in good weather. We started to use the Avenza maps that the trail conference folks recommend and it does make it easy to answer the "are we there yet" questions from the kids.
July 30, 2017
Good HIke
Good Hike, some great views. My GPS had it marked at almost exactly 5 miles, and it took as just over 2 1/2 hours. The first 3.5 miles were a nice challenge, until we hit Beachy Bottom Road, which is just a mile and a half stroll. A little disappointed with this ending the hike. There were definitely sections that I would consider "strenuous" more than "moderate to strenuous". We generally take our 80 pound dog on hikes, but didn't today, and am glad we didn't. There were a few spots that would have been tough for him, particularly a couple of the scramble downs on the Ramapo-Dunderbger trail. The portions that this hike covers of the Anthony Wayne Trail, Fawn Trail, Timp-Torne Trail and of course A-T trail are all very well marked. The Suffern-Bear Mountain trail and Ramapo-Dunderbger trails are a little less marked and very overgrown in parts. Was easy enough to follow, but would have preferred to have pants on to walk through this section. Anyone know what the hike length would have been if we stayed south on the A-T when it left the Timp-Torne and stayed on it until heading back on Beachy Bottom Road?
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