Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bear Mountain Downhill Run

Bear Mountain Downhill Run
Bear Mountain State Park
Rockland & Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Phone Line Trail: unblazed
Appalachian Trail: White blaze
Appalachian Trail Spur: Blue blaze

Total Time: 23 Minutes
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Recommended

Points of Interest: Views and Interesting Trail

I had gone with my family to Bear Mountain to attend the weekly summer car show, where classic and vintage car collectors come to show their cars. Prior to the show, my wife drove up Perkins Memorial Drive to the tower and dropped me off on the top. My idea was to run down the mountain and meet everyone at the bottom. I started down the Appalachian Trail, and noticed a new trail along the phone line. This trail is unblazed and goes along parallel to the new Appalachian Trail portion they are still building. 

This trail comes out at the dead end of the Perkins Drive lower portion. I then took the Appalachian Trail all the way down until near Hessian Lake, and then took the short blue-blazed spur trail closer to the Bear Mountain Inn.

Please note: photos below were taken from my cell phone camera.

Map of the Route.
Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks Northern Map

Bear Mountain Summit

View from Bear Mountain Summit

The Hudson River and Peekskill from Bear Mountain

Iona Island, Hudson River, Dunderberg Mountain, and Peekskill

Bear Mountain Bridge While Descending the Appalachian Trail

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