West Mountain Loop – Bear Mountain State Park

June 4, 2023 – Tomkins Cove, NY

Problem: Reasonable

Size: Roughly 4.2 miles

Max elevation: 1,245 ft.– whole elevation acquire roughly 800 ft.

Route sort: Circuit

Purchase Map (Paper & Avenza): Harriman-Bear Mountain Trails Map #119

Free Map (Paper & Avenza): Harriman State Park Trail Map

Trailhead parking: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area North Lot, Palisades Interstate Pkwy, Bear Mountain, NY 10911

Giant gravel parking zone – loos on website

Please be aware: From late September to late October, Oktoberfest is held on the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space on Saturdays and Sundays.


Overview:

West Mountain is a peak that’s positioned in each Orange and Rockland County, NY, simply east of the Palisades Interstate Parkway. A lot of the mountain is throughout the boundaries of Bear Mountain State Park, however a part of it’s in Harriman State Park as effectively. In November 1923, the Palisades Interstate Park Fee determined that “all the Park mendacity west of Bear Mountain (later, west of West Mountain) shall be designated Harriman State Park.” The summit is at an elevation of 1,257 ft. and the western ridge (the part that’s a part of this hike), is about 1.5 miles lengthy. The slim ridge affords hikers many wonderful outlooks each to the west and to the east because the path jogs from one facet of the ridge to the opposite.

Iona Island, with West Mountain in the background as viewed from the Camp Smith Trail - April 17, 2018

Iona Island, with West Mountain within the background as considered from the Camp Smith Path – April 17, 2018

West Mountain as viewed from The Timp

West Mountain as considered from The Timp


Trails Overview:

This hike follows trails that have been not too long ago rerouted and reblazed over current trails. An up to date map is important to keep away from confusion and/or getting misplaced. The NY-NJ Path Convention has launched a brand new 2023 Appalachian Trail Detour Map that displays the current path additions and modifications.

The detour of the Appalachian Path (AT) was applied within the spring of 2022 to bypass a harmful highway crossing over the closely trafficked Palisades Interstate Parkway. New for 2023 is the opening of a seasonal potable water supply at Anthony Wayne Recreation Space. The route throughout the overpass is the official AT route till a brand new everlasting crossing is developed.

The detour is absolutely blazed, and maps of the detour are posted within the surrounding space.

Appalachian Trail - Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Appalachian Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

  • Appalachian Path (AT) ~ (1.2 miles) is marked with 2×6-inch white blazes. The AT runs from the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space, coaligned with the Anthony Wayne Path, the Fawn Path and the Timp-Torne Path, earlier than leaving to proceed in the direction of Bear Mountain. It climbs the northern slope of West Mountain, steeply in locations, then runs south alongside the ridge earlier than departing to the left.
Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

  • Timp-Torne Path ~ (0.75 mile) is marked with rectangular blue blazes. It runs south alongside the ridge, passing quite a few viewpoints earlier than it meets the West Mountain Path. 
Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

  • West Mountain Path ~ (0.70 mile) is marked with orange blazes. This part of path was previously a part of the AT and was rehabbed in 2018. The white blazes of the AT have been overlapped with an orange sq., denoting the newly marked path. This path descends West Mountain on switchbacks, making the descent much less steep. It meets the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path at Beechy Backside Street.
West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

  • Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Path ~ (1.5 miles) is marked with red-dot-on-white blazes and runs alongside Beechy Backside Street, turns left and descends on a gravel highway, turning proper on a paved sidewalk previous the northern parking zone.
Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – West Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – West Mountain


 

Hike Overview:

I’ve hiked West Mountain a number of occasions and it by no means disappoints. It’s an incredible hike to do at any given time and parking isn’t a problem in case you get a late begin. Some very nice views might be had from rock outcrops alongside the ridge. Many alternative trails might be accessed from the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space, making longer hikes attainable. 

For this hike, you’ll want to park within the North Lot. That’s the first parking zone that you simply come to whenever you enter the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space from Exit 17.

This loop hike was accomplished clockwise from the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space North Lot.

West Mountain Loop – Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Loop – Bear Mountain State Park

The majority of the elevation is gained within the first two miles, making the 2nd half of the hike, comparatively simple.

elevation profile - West Mountain Loop

elevation profile – West Mountain Loop


The Hike:

From the parking space, stroll again alongside the doorway highway till you attain a gravel highway on the suitable blocked off with a gate. Flip proper and observe this highway, marked with the white blazes of the Anthony Wayne Path and a pair of×6 inch white blazes of the Appalachian Path (AT). Bear proper on the subsequent fork and proceed uphill, continuing forward throughout a four-way intersection.

Start of hike - Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Begin of hike – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

Appalachian Trail - Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Appalachian Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

Appalachian Trail - Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Appalachian Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

If you attain a T-intersection, flip left. Then, in 25 toes, you’ll discover three red-“F”-on-white blazes (light) on a tree together with a 2×6 inch white blaze for the AT, which marks the beginning of the Fawn Path and the continuation of the rerouted AT. The AT runs collectively with the Fawn Path for about 0.3 miles earlier than departing to the suitable. Proceed forward on the joint AT/Fawn Path, which climbs, utilizing switchbacks and rock steps for a part of the way in which, to succeed in a junction with the blue-blazed Timp-Torne Path.

Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

Appalachian Trail - West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

Appalachian Trail – West Mountain

Appalachian Path – West Mountain

Flip proper onto the coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails which climb steeply over rocks to succeed in a viewpoint to the left over Bear Mountain (with the Perkins Memorial Tower seen on the summit). After a brief degree stretch, the path continues its regular climb, steeply in locations.

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Perkins Memorial Tower as viewed from West Mountain

Perkins Memorial Tower as considered from West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

In a couple of third of a mile, you’ll emerge onto a panoramic viewpoint from an open rock ledge, with Bear Mountain and the Hudson River seen to the left, the north parking space on the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space (the place the hike started) beneath to the suitable, and Black Mountain within the background.

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Anthony Wayne Recreation Space parking zone beneath, with Black Mountain simply past.

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Bear Mountain to the north.

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Perkins Memorial Tower on the summit of Bear Mountain.

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

View west.

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

The path continues south, with some quick climbs and descents, generally steeply. You’ll have to make use of each your arms and toes at occasions.

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

Coaligned AT/Timp-Torne Trails – West Mountain

After one other comparatively degree stretch, the Timp-Torne Path climbs to succeed in a junction the place the white-blazed Appalachian Path (AT) turns left. Proceed forward, now following solely the blue-blazed Timp-Torne Path. You should still see white blazes on rocks and timber, the outdated route of the AT, however so long as you see blue blazes, you’re heading in the right direction. 

Continue ahead on the Timp-Torne Trail

Proceed forward on the Timp-Torne Path

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Quickly, you’ll attain one other viewpoint to the left over Bear Mountain and the Hudson River. The path now swings to the west facet of the ridge and emerges at a west-facing viewpoint over Black Mountain, with the Palisades Interstate Parkway and the 2 massive parking areas for the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space seen within the valley beneath.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Trying west over the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space North Lot, with the Harriman Hills simply past.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Trying northwest.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

View southwest.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

The Timp-Torne Path proceeds south alongside the ridge for about two-thirds of a mile, descending and climbing steeply over rocks in sure spots, passing extra viewpoints to the west. 

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Trying again after a steep descent.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Trying southwest.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Trying northwest.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

View west.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

View southwest.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Trying northwest.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Trying southwest.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

After passing extra viewpoints, you’ll come to a junction, marked by a picket submit. Right here, the Timp-Torne Path turns left, however it’s best to proceed straight and start following the orange-blazed West Mountain Path, which heads southwest, descending the ridge. This “new” path is the previous route of the AT, with the white blazes overlapped with orange. Comply with this path because it descends West Mountain on switchbacks.

Timp-Torne Trail – West Mountain

Timp-Torne Path – West Mountain

Continue straight onto the West Mountain Trail

Proceed straight onto the West Mountain Path

West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

Trying as much as the facet of the path.

West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Trail - Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Path – Bear Mountain State Park

After 0.7 mile, on the base of the descent, the West Mountain Path reaches the extensive Beechy Backside Street, blazed with blue-on-white Bike Path markers and red-dot-on-white blazes of the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path (additionally rerouted). Flip proper onto this nice woods highway (improved by staff of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934), which you’ll observe gently downhill for the subsequent 1.5 miles.

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – West Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – West Mountain

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – West Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – West Mountain

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – West Mountain

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – West Mountain

If you attain a T-intersection, flip left to stay on the R-D Path, getting into the Anthony Wayne Recreation Space. 

Turn left to remain on the Rampo-Dunderberg Trail

Flip left to stay on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path

Turn left to remain on the Rampo-Dunderberg Trail

Flip left to stay on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

On the subsequent junction, flip proper and observe the R-D Path down the gravel highway, previous the restrooms constructing, to the paved sidewalk and again to the parking zone, the place the hike started.

Turn right to remain on the Rampo-Dunderberg Trail

Flip proper to stay on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path

Turn right to remain on the Rampo-Dunderberg Trail

Flip proper to stay on the Ramapo-Dunderberg Path

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space

Rampo-Dunderberg Trail – Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Ramapo-Dunderberg Path – Anthony Wayne Recreation Space


Overview:

A splendid hike with a number of viewpoints. The ridge is difficult sufficient to maintain the hike attention-grabbing. Somebody unfamiliar with the realm could get confused with the outdated AT blazes, particularly if mountain climbing with an outdated map. The big lot makes it simple to discover a parking spot irrespective of the time of day. A great mountain climbing expertise.

Execs:

A number of scenic views, Properly maintained trails, shaded trails, massive parking zone, public restrooms.

Cons:

AT path blazes the place they don’t belong could cause confusion, Some highway noise from the parkway.


Take a hike!

West Mountain Loop – Bear Mountain State Park

West Mountain Loop – Bear Mountain State Park


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