Bear Mountain State Park,
Timp-Torne Trail: Blue blaze
combined together with the:
1777-1779 Trails: Red blaze
Brooks Lake Trail: Red blaze
Popolopen Gorge Trail: Red blaze
Total Time: 2:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 4.2 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Points Of Interest: Beautiful gorge and lake in historic area
Pros: Beautiful terrain, deep scenic gorge, pretty lake
Cons: Close to homes and right near highway, making hike loud and not as natural
Google Map of Parking:
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This hike is in the deepest gorge in the area. Unfortunately it is right near the busy Palisades Parkway and goes along the road and behind houses for part of the hike, which takes away from the scenic nature. However, the area is indeed beautiful and worthwhile of an excellent hike.
I parked in the Fort Montgomery Historical Site parking area off Route 9W, right after the Bear Mountain Traffic Circle. The Timp-Torne Trail and historic 1777-1779 Trails start here, and go in conjunction for much of the way eastward on this hike. The trail goes underneath the Route 9W bridge that spans across the gorge. It then hits Mine Road, crosses it, and meets up with the Brooks Lake Path.
The Brooks Lake Path is a small trail fully encircling the natural and scenic Brooks Lake. I took the loop around the lake, and then back to the Timp-Torne Trail and 1777-1779 Trails. I took this until the Timp-Torne Trail veers up to climb Popolopen Torne, and the comes right back down a few hundred feet down the trail. At this point trail crosses the brook on a brand new bridge. From here I took the Popoplopen Brook Trail all the way back, and cross the brook over Route 9W.
|Map of the Route
|Bear Mountain Bridge and Anthony's Nose
at the Fort Montgomery Parking Area
|Beginning of the Timp-Torne and 1777-79 Trails
|Route 9W Bridge over Popolopen Creek
|The hiking trail going underneath the bridge
|Abandoned Structure near Brooks Lake
|Brooks Lake, facing west.
|Brooks Lake, facing south with Bear Mountain Rising in the Rear
|Boardwalk at the inlet of Brooks Lake
|Sturdy bridge over Popolopen Creek
|Large Waterfall over the dam at the end of Popolopen Creek
This waterfall is much more impressive than it appears in the picture