Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Bear Mountain AT Evening Descent

Bear Mountain State Park,
Orange / Rockland Counties.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Appalachian Trail: White blaze

Total Time: :30 hour
Estimated Distance: 1.6 Miles

Pros: Good descent with great views
Cons: None
Hike Type: One way
Level of Difficulty: Slightly difficult

Hiking Partners:
Joseph & Elisha Friedman

Map of Route:

Bear Mountain has a weekly vintage car show every Wednesday evening in the summer, with car enthusiasts descending upon the large lawn and showing off their cool cars to all their friends and visitors. I enjoy going to this show in the summer, and traditionally have my wife drop my off at the top of the mountain while I run down and meet her at the show at the bottom. Last year, with the show cancelled during Coronavirus, I didn't have a chance to do this, so was glad to make this hike once again.

I started the hike at the top on Perkins Memorial Drive, near the tower, and took the Appalachian Trail down from the summit view. We took the trail all the way down from close to 1300, to the bottom at 160 feet. We passed the seasonal waterfall which was in full swing from all the rain, and then the view overlooking Peekskill. We then continued along the steep steps all the way down to the field where the car show was in full swing.

Map of the Route

View at Bear Mountain Summit

View at Bear Mountain Summit - West Mountain

View at Bear Mountain Summit - Dunderberg & The Timp

Me at the Bear Mountain Summit

Looking Towards Peekskill

Bear Mountain Summit Tower

View of Peekskill and the Hudson from the new Trail

Bear Mountain Waterfall on the AT

Ski Jump Overlook

Ski Jump Overlook and Iona Island

Me at the Ski Jump Overlook on the AT

Bear Mountain Bridge from the Ski Jump View

Anthony's Nose and the Car Show

Me at the Bear Mountain Car Show

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