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Exploring New York State Hiking: Bear Mountain

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Hiking Fee: FREE

Parking Fee: $10.00. They accept the Empire Pass. 

Open To: Hikers & Dogs. Dogs need to be leashed. 

Maps: Maps are available at the main office.  


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I recommend you start hiking early in the morning. This allows for more "me" time on the trail, as later on it tends to become pretty crowded. I started my hike at the Major Welch Trail head, which begins your ascend immediately.

At a few sections you'll come across some heavy duty cardio rock scrambling. Other areas will level out and eventually you reach the top of the mountain, where you'll see the Perkins Tower. After ward you descend on the Appalachian Trail, back to the Bear Mountain Inn. This loop is considered at the moderate level. Keep in mind, there are plenty of trails to choose from. Be sure to bring sunglasses, a hat, water, and some healthy hiking snacks.

Happy Trails!

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Laura, it seems this is a very pretty hike and the weather is sunny and pleasant. 

Mar 31, 2018 06:04 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I can see why many people would go there for a hike...a beauriful place

Mar 31, 2018 09:01 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Hiking is very popular in Los Angeles hood as well. As you said, it is mostly free and great for your health. 

Mar 31, 2018 11:03 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Laura.  It's been many, many years but I've climbed Bear Mountain often in my youth.

Apr 01, 2018 04:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Laura, sure looks like a lot of fun, and great views.  Hope you enjoy your Easter Sunday! 

Apr 01, 2018 06:58 AM