Bear Mountain (Hudson Highlands)

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Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain, Hudson Highlands, New York.jpg
Bear Mountain from Long Mountain
Elevation 1,303 ft (397 m)
Bear Mountain is located in New York
Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain
Highlands, New York, U.S.
Range Hudson Highlands
Coordinates 41°18′49″N 74°00′18″W / 41.31361°N 74.00500°W / 41.31361; -74.00500Coordinates: 41°18′49″N 74°00′18″W / 41.31361°N 74.00500°W / 41.31361; -74.00500
Topo map Popolopen Lake
Easiest route road

Bear Mountain is one of the best-known peaks of New York's Hudson Highlands. Located partially in Orange County in the town of Highlands and partially in Rockland County in the town of Stony Point, it lends its name to the nearby Bear Mountain Bridge and Bear Mountain State Park that contains it.

Its summit, accessible by a paved road, has several roadside viewpoints, a picnic area and observatory, the Perkins Memorial Tower. It is crossed by several hiking trails as well, including the oldest section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The AT across Bear Mountain is currently being rebuilt and realigned by the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference to minimize erosion and improve accessibility and sustainability.

The steep eastern face of the mountain overlooks the Hudson River. The eastern side of the mountain consists of a pile of massive boulders, often the size of houses, that culminate in a 50-foot (15 m) cliff face at approximately the 1,000-foot (300 m) level. A direct scramble from the shore of Hessian Lake to Perkins Memorial Drive on the summit requires a gain of about 1,000 feet (300 m) in roughly 0.8 miles (1.3 km) [1]. From the summit, one can see as far as Manhattan Island, and High Point Monument in New Jersey.

Historic events[edit]

Franklin D. Roosevelt in Bear Mountain, 1929
  • Bear Mountain was once the premier ski jumping site in the United States. Because of its notoriety as a ski jumping location, Bear Mountain was considered as a possible site for the 1932 Winter Olympics, which were held in Lake Placid, New York. The ski jump run has not been used since 1990, and its stone steps built into the eastern side of the mountain are now crumbling.
  • Bear Mountain Inn, was established in 1915, within the center of the park. The Inn is of an early rustic-style lodge. Bear Mountain Inn can still to this day be reserved for occupancy.


  1. ^ Gould, Tony (1995). A Summer Plague. Yale University Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-300-07276-7. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ Baseball Goes to War, by William B. Mead, 1985, pg. 74,

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