Duration 2-5 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Hard
Elevation Gain: Up to 1,750 Ft.
Distance: 2-7 Miles
Starting at the historic Bear Mountain Toll House, the Camp Smith trail climbs steeply up and over the western ridge of Manitou Mountain. Walking atop the cliffs above the winding Bear Mountain Bridge Road, hikers are rewarded with frequent views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain State Park to the west. There are several steep sections over rugged and rocky terrain. The trail borders the Camp Smith Military Base, so there are signs reminding hikers of restricted areas and to please stay on trail.
The summit, marked with an American Flag, has one of the best views of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Known as Anthony's Nose, this breathtaking lookout is very popular and can get crowded on weekends and throughout the summer. There are several trails that lead to Anthony's Nose, including two very steep trails. The proposed hike is an out-and-back route, which means after reaching the summit, we'll turn around and retrace our steps back to the starting point. The camp smith trail is 6 miles round-trip and offers the most varied terrain, gradual ascent, and scenic viewpoints of all the route options. The other options include shortening the hike to as little as 2 miles, or extending it to 8 miles or longer.
This hike is a great option year round, however it is best enjoyed mid-week to avoid the crowds, and not recommended when the trails are snow covered due to the steep and unforgiving terrain.
Meeting Location: Bear Mountain Toll House
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Rd, Cortlandt, NY 10567
GPS: 41.301414, -73.951250
Guided Day Hikes Include:
What to Bring:
Nearest Public Transit: Peekskill Metro North Train Station
(2.3 miles away from trailhead)
There is limited cell service at some meeting locations.
*Return times are best estimates, and can vary based on the speed and fitness level of the group.