Hiking the Appalachian Trail on Bear Mountain - A coincidence

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Midway, huge stone slabs

Bear Mountain, of all the mountains I visited in the New York area Bear Mountain must be the one I visited most often. And I need to be specific by saying that I refer to Bear Mountain in the Hudson Highlands, since New York State alone already knows 11 Mountains that are called Bear Mountain.

Usually I visit it by driving to the summit via the beautiful Perkins Memorial Drive. Fast and convenient. But hiking to the 391-meter (1284-ft) high summit is of course much more the real thing. I had done this before, (see here), but in a different season. After all the heavy hikes in the Smoky Mountains, during the past week, I felt I needed a small hike today. No hike was no option, since I need to score steps for the Global Corporate Challenge (see previous blog).

How green can it be?

I started off the same route as I did in March 2011. A quite different experience with now leaves on the trees and nice rhododendrons along the trail. At the summit I joint the Appalachian Trail, which passes over Bear Mountain. Instead of the Northern route I took the Southern and switched later via the abandoned section of the Perkins Memorial Drive to meet up with the Northern trail. The trail conference reconstructed the trail here. Nice but maybe slightly overdone, with stairs and railings.

After arriving back, at the feet of the mountain, at Hessian Lake, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the beautiful Historic Bear Mountain Inn which had been closed for renovation since 2005 had (partially) re-opened. Good news, this great, beautiful Adirondack inspired lodge needs to be in service! See here for more info on the lodge.

The Appalachian Trail at the summit (HDR manipulated)

On my way back to the car I followed the Appalachian trail to the Bear Mountain Zoo, which is the lowest part of the trail. The zoo was already closed so I had to use the bypass making the zoo entrance the lowest  accessible part of the trail at that time. Very nice, since nine days ago I had been on Clingmans Dome, the highest point of the trail. Later I learnt that Siglinde, my hike guide in the Smokies last week, was hiking the Appalachian Trail at the same day and almost same time on Clingman's Dome...

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Midway, huge stone slabs
Midway, huge stone slabs
How green can it be?
How green can it be?
The Appalachian Trail at the summi…
The Appalachian Trail at the summ…
The start of the hike at Hessian L…
The start of the hike at Hessian …
Midway
Midway
Midway, nice view on the Bear Moun…
Midway, nice view on the Bear Mou…
Rhododendrons made it colorful
Rhododendrons made it colorful
The Hudson Higlands
The Hudson Higlands
The Appalachian Trail is maybe a b…
The Appalachian Trail is maybe a …
Another view at Bear Mountain Brid…
Another view at Bear Mountain Bri…
At the feet of Bear Mountain at He…
At the feet of Bear Mountain at H…
The Swimming Pool of Bear Mountain…
The Swimming Pool of Bear Mountai…
Walking back to the car over Bear …
Walking back to the car over Bear…
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GPS Height Profile
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
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