Harriman / Bear Mountain State Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,616' 493 m
Descent: -1,616' -492 m
High: 1,242' 379 m
Low: 478' 146 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“A loop with a good amount of elevation change and lookouts that also joins the Appalachian Trail for a bit.”— Karl W
After a short distance, look for the Red, Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail on your left (east) and make the steep ascent to the first summit. Continue on the Red Trail east until you have descended into the bottom of a ravine. There is a four-way intersection here; continue on the Red Trail east, and back up most of the next summit.
Before you reach the top, you'll meet the Blue, Timp-Torne Trail which you'll have to make a sharp left on - this is nearly a 180° turn so keep your eyes open for it.
The Blue, Timp-Torne Trail will take you the rest of the way to the summit. Continue on back into the ravine. There is an unmarked forest road here that you could wind up on (we did) so keep a keen eye out for blue blazes. You should start ascending right out of the ravine and up to the third summit and the Yellow, Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail.
Stay on the Blue Trail until you hit the Appalachian Trail, which you should follow north for nearly a mile. There are excellent views all along this part of the trail which is following a ridge. The Blue Trail will then split to the left and begin descending. Look for another Red, Fawn Trail at an intersection and head left (west) back to the service road.
Note: You can take the unmarked forest road at the intersection in the ravine between the first and second summits to significantly shorten this route.
Land Manager: NY State Parks