Bear Mountain Hike
Bear Mountain State Park is one of the most popular destinations in the Mid-Hudson Valley for seekers of outdoor beauty. It offers everything from a leisurely drive to the summit to a steep climb that follows the most direct path from Hessian Lake at the base of the mountain, to the observation tower at its summit and anything in between. Unlike most of our hikes, there is a $8 per vehicle entry fee for the park, but it goes to continued preservation of Bear Mountain and others like it across the state so car-pooling is recommended for those providing their own transportation. It deserves a moderate+ rating because of its sustained ascent of 1200 feet to the summit; it is certainly a challenge, but the feeling of accomplishment and rewarding view from the top will help to make every step up the hill worth it! The way down will be much more mellow, following the beautiful and historic Appalachian Trail down to the newly built stone stairs and finally dropping us where we started! After the hike, there are many amenities and attractions to explore in the park. The grassy flat at the base of the mountain is home to Hessian Lake, the closest thing the Hudson Valley has to an alpine lake, a small zoo (!!), merry-go-round with hand-carved animals to ride and a wonderful lawn to lay out on.
Come along as we traverse the rugged beauty of the mountains right outside your door. Hike With Mike is a New York state licensed guide service that brings intimate knowledge of special places and years of outdoor leadership experience together for a one of a kind experience. We strive to provide a friendly, supportive, comfortable and most of all, fun experience in the outdoors for clients of all skill levels, interests, locations and ambitions. We believe that nature is a place we are all able to find ourselves, rejuvenate our spirits and test our personal limits not only for entertainment and recreation but for the benefit of our very life force. For years the woods have been a place of rebirth and inspiration for us and now we want to share that joy with you, so please come along with us. Our unique knowledge of local hotspots and hidden gems sets us apart from all other guide services in the Hudson Valley. We live here, we love the multitude of outdoor opportunities at our fingertips and we love rewarding our efforts with trips to local bars and restaurants almost as much! Come join us for a day and experience all the best that the Hudson Valley has to offer. Even if you live in NYC and rely on public transportation, we are more than happy to arrange meetings at local Metro-North train stops!
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