The trail town corridor is made up 3 towns that frame the southern portion of Harriman State Park, (Suffern, Sloatsburg and Tuxedo). This new project hopes to attract & create an outdoorsy community that highlights our great park, shops and restaurants. Help us kick off the Springtime Jamboree by joining us on May 14th, on the Suffern to Bear Mountain Trail!
The Suffern Bear Mountain trail is roughly 23 miles long and can be picked up right from the Suffern Train Station in New York. From there you will follow the yellow brick road (yellow blazes) that mark the sidewalk that will take you right to the base of the trail which will then lead you straight up a few hundred feet to begin the day. There are many options from here, with a few taking you all the way to the Bear Mountain Bridge! Be sure to follow your guides advice and itinerary.
This trail dates back to 1924 when Major Welch; who was the General Manager of the Palisades Interstate Park (established in 1900 by governor Theodore Roosevelt and Foster M. Voorhees of NJ), first proposed the idea of this point to point trail. You will follow the yellow blazes all the way to Bear Mountain State Park, gaining close to 6,000 feet and if you add the climb to the top of Bear Mountain, you can easily accumulate over 7,000 feet of vert in 25+ miles. You can take either the Major Welch Trail or the Appalachian Trail to the top of Bear Mountain, both are found at the trail junction where the SBM trail ends.
Meeting time: 8:30 am, Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Location: Suffern Train Station, NY.
Introduction with Q&A: There will be a brief introduction with a Q&A about the upcoming hike, as well as a discussion about trail running, hiking and strength training.
Hike Duration: 2 hour moderate hike on strenuous terrain (very rocky & steep)
There are many routes and point to point runs or hikes to choose from so look closely at the maps provided by NY NJ Trail Conference. You can download these to your smartphone via the Advenza App. To purchase hard copies of the latest maps, see below.
- NY/NJ Conference maps #118 & 119 Harriman Bear Mountain Trails (South & North 2015) hard copies. Downloaded maps will be used to pinpoint your locations and as a backup.
- Hydration pack with 50-70 oz of water.
- Food, energy bars or sports nutrition to sustain your energy for the entire duration.
- Trail running shoe or hiking boots with aggressive tread and solid protection.
- Appropriate hiking socks and wicking / synthetic sports clothing.
- Hike will be rain or shine so dress for the weather.
- Additional info and hike updates will be sent via emails.
If you do not have the above you will not be able to join our outing, safety comes first. If you are interested in joining us please fill out our waiver and contact form.
This outing is limited to 25 people.