Total Time: 1:00 Hour
Total Distance: 1.5 Miles
Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail (SBM): Yellow Blaze
Woods Road: Unmarked
This a a short hike with a good climb and excellent views. The hike starts in Suffern on Route 59 right after the Thruway underpass. I once parked in the Parking lot under the overpass and got a ticket, becuase I didnt have a parking permit. So this time to avoid getting a ticket, I parked near downtown Suffern on Chestnut St. right before Route 202, and walked along 202 to Route 59, and went under the long underpass. The trail starts on the right about 200 feet after the underpass. This is the southern terminus of the SBM Trail. It's a long trail - it goes all the way to Bear Mountain, 25 miles later.
Started the climb on the SBM, and encountered a pack of wild turkeys on the way up. They ran away from me although from what I hear they are not afraid of people and can attack and be a nuisance. Continued up to the summit viewpoint, where there is a sweeping view of downtown Suffern, Mahwah, Hillburn, and the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the far off distance. Once at the top, took the woods road down to Hemlock Rd/Pavilion Lane, which took me back to Rt. 202, where I once again crossed under the Thruway and took the sidewalk back to my car on Chestnut St.
Map of the Route
Route 59 underpass of the Thruway,
where 87 and 287 come together.
This is an enormous highway underpass.
The beginning of the SBM Trail,
right outside of Suffern
The Turkeys I encountered while Ascending
Rock Face Scramble on the way up
Facing south at the I-87 and I-287
Highway Interchange with Sheraton Crossroads.
View from the lookout.
Facing west towards Hillburn.
View of Suffern from the summit viewpoint.
Zoomed out with Suffern/Mahwah Panorama.
Sheraton Crossroads is in right edge.
Zoomed in to the Manhattan skyline in the haze.
View of eastern portion of Suffern
with Good Samaritan Hospital on the left hand side.