Bear Mountain & West Mountain Backpacking Trip
Time: 11:30am - 11:30am
Difficulty: Moderate - Challenging (7.5 Miles)
Max Participants: 8
This overnight backpacking adventure explores West Mountain, and some of the best viewpoints in Harriman State Park. Starting on a ski trail, we'll have about a half mile of relatively flat terrain to get our packs situated and comfortable before heading uphill along the Ramapo-Dunderberg trail. The terrain varies throughout this hike, and there are several steep and rocky sections. Less than 2 miles into our hike, we'll reach the "Cats Elbow," our first viewpoint at an elevation of about 1200 feet. The next viewpoint, "The Timp," offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and parkland below. The trail then descends down to the Timp Brook, where we we'll stop to filter and collect water for the night.
After our final 800ft ascent up West Mountain, we'll get more views of the Hudson river valley below. Our campsite at the West Mountain Shelter does not have a water source, but makes up for it with views all the way to the NYC skyline on a clear day. This is the best campsite in the park to watch the sunset from, and see the city lights sparkle in the distance after dark.
The following morning, we'll have breakfast, pack up camp, and head north following the Appalachian Trail along the ridge of West Mountain. We have a short 2.5 mile hike out with more fantastic scenery and viewpoints along the way.
Meeting Location: Anthony Wayne Recreation Area
Anthony Wayne Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY
GPS: 41.297987, -74.026561
There is no cell phone service at some meeting locations.
*Return times are best estimates, and can vary based on the speed and fitness level of the group.