A Guide to Hiking Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain Hiking: Elevation and Terrain

The terrain surrounding Bear Mountain is relatively low.
The terrain surrounding Bear Mountain is relatively low.
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Bear Mountain reaches the relatively modest height of 1,305 feet (397.8 meters). But for casual and serious hikers alike, it makes for a nice afternoon excursion to the top. Two trails can take you to the top of the mountain. The first is the Appalachian Trail, mostly consisting of more than 700 stone steps. This is the easier of the two hikes. It also isn't too difficult of a hike for children, so it makes for a good family hiking trip.

The second trail is called the Major Welch Trail and is a little more challenging. According to the Bear Mountain Office, they only recommend the Major Welch Trail for more seasoned hikers. However, if you're up for the challenge, you'll be rewarded with some stunning views. About three-quarters of the way up the Major Welch Trail you will encounter a great view of the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson.