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blueBlack Bear Mountain Loop

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11.2 mile 18.0 kilometer loop
84% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,225' 678 m
Descent: -2,224' -678 m
High: 1,046' 319 m
Low: 63' 19 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)

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A loop in Bear Mountain State Park that is accessible by bus from NYC.

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Overview

A lovely loop in Bear Mountain State Park that makes for a great weekend afternoon run.

Description

To get to Bear Mountain State Park from NYC with mass transport, you can take the Short Line bus right to the trailhead. The bus runs on weekends and takes a while but is worth it if you are car-less. The bus drops you off in front of a lodge and a huge grass lawn. From here, head south to the far parking area and look for the trail through a tunnel under a road.

Basically, follow the Blue, Cornell Mine Trail south. You'll have to run along the road for a very short distance and then duck back into the woods near a waterfall. Keep going south to a red-blazed, Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail to your left (east). The trail will bring you out towards the Hudson River and some good views. Head back east to rejoin the Blue, Timp-Torne Trail.

You'll do some seemingly unnecessary elevation gain and loss before meeting up with yet another red-blazed trail, 1777 Trail. Head north, and avoid turning off on one of the many unmarked forest roads. Finally, look for the Yellow, Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail and head right (northeast). This trail should lead you back to the lodge. The lodge servers beer on the second floor if you have some time to kill before the bus returns.

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Land Manager: NY State Parks

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Mar 9, 2019
Pete Marvelli
Oct 7, 2018
Miguel Casas
Very technical, somehow steep on the way up to Bald Mountain (where the pic is taken).
Sep 30, 2018
Lawrence B Baker
Beautiful cool day. Great trail.
Aug 19, 2018
Eli Mendoza
A great trail. Technical in places - some steep climbs but manageable. Watch the humidity and watch the unmarked trails. 11.2mi

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