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Bear Mt. and Fort Montgomery Three Bridge HIke!

 


Lets' "cross a few more bridges" together! This approx. 3 hour, moderate paced hike, has a little bit of everything; a short visit to the zoo along the way, spectacular scenic Hudson River views, a little history at the Ft.Montgomery museum(presently closed), a possible walk to the dock, around Hessian lake and breaks to take it all in!

Much of the hike is on paved roads but there are rocky, somewhat leaf covered (wet depending upon conditions) steps and woods trails on a moderately steep descent to the Popolopen Suspension Bridge and a short moderately steep ascent on a woods trail going up to the Ft. Montgomery Museum.  You can opt out of the short woods trails if you want to forgo the suspension bridge but you;d be missing some gorgeous views from a perspective you won't get from anywhere else.

Hiking boots or shoes are recommended as are hiking poles for the ups and downs.  Dress in layers as  it can get a little  breezy on the bridge. Bring water, snacks, bugspray, sunscreen and don't forget those cameras!

Meet in front of the Inn by the  little bear statues on either side of the front doors. (circular driveway with flag)

Come early and check out the new gift shop. 

There is an $8.00 per car parking fee, unless you have a state park pass. Optional dinner after about 5:30  at The New Bear Mt. 1915 restaurant where individual checks are available and there is a choice of the Tappas Bar Menu or the main menu. Cash  makes check out quicker and is appreciated by all businesses. 

Carpool option 1:30  From Ft. Montgomery overflow parking lot, just north of the Ft. Montgomery historic site (670 Route 9W, Ft.MOntgomery, ny[masked]) same side of the road. Make your arrangements. 

DIRECTIONS TO THE INN:

Directions to Bear Mountain State Park

from the Palisades Interstate Parkway (North or South) Get off at exit 19 (Bear Mountain State Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3 1⁄2 miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow signs for the parking lots. ** IF YOU MISS EXIT 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill.

from the North via I-87 (New York Thruway) Take I-87 south to Exit 16 (Harriman). At traffic light, turn left onto Route 32. At third light, turn left onto Route 6 east. Take Route 6 east to the Queensboro Traffic Circle. At circle, make the third right onto Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Take Exit 19 (Bear Mountain State Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 31⁄2 miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow signs for the parking lots. ** IF YOU MISS EXIT 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill.

from the North via Route 9W Take 9W south to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At the circle, take the second right to Route 9W south. At the first traffic light, bear right and go up hill.

from the East/South via I-87/287 (New York Thruway) Cross the Tappan Zee Bridge. Go north/west to Exit 13N (Palisades Interstate Parkway north). Get off at exit 19 (Bear Mountain State Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3 1⁄2 miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow signs for the parking lots. ** IF YOU MISS EXIT 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill.

from the East via I-84 Take I-84 west to the second exit after the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge (Route 9W south). Take Route 9W south about 18 miles to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At the circle, take the second right to Route 9W south. At the first traffic light, bear right and go up the hill.

from New York City via the Palisades Interstate Parkway Take the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. Take the very first right onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Go about 42 miles and get off at Exit 19 (Bear Mountain State Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3 1⁄2 miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow signs for the parking lots. ** IF YOU MISS EXIT 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill.

from the South via Garden State Parkway Take the Garden State Parkway north to the last exit (I-87/287, New York Thruway). Go east/south on I-87 to Exit 13N (Palisades Interstate Parkway north). Go about 19 miles and get off at exit 19 (Bear Mountain State Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3 1⁄2 miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow signs for the parking lots. ** IF YOU MISS EXIT 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill.

from the West via Route 17 or I-84 Take Route 17 east to Exit 130A (Bear Mountain) to Route 6/Long Mountain Parkway. Take Route 6 east to the Long Mountain Traffic Circle. At the circle, make the third right onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway north. Get off at exit 19 (Bear Mountain State Park) and take Seven Lakes Drive for 3 1⁄2 miles to the Bear Mountain Circle. At the circle, take the second right. Follow signs for the parking lots. ** IF YOU MISS EXIT 19, take the Parkway to the Bear Mountain Bridge Circle. At this circle, make the first right onto 9W south and go to the traffic light. Bear right and go up the hill.  

FYI:

Popolopen Bridge, Suspension footbridge across the Popolopen Creek and the Bear mt bridge.

The Bear Mountain Bridge offers spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. The bridge's roadway has eight-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists and incorporates the Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail. Crossing the bridge on foot offers magnificent views, wonderful photo opportunities, and an invigorating walk.

On the walkway facing northeast, you can see 3 bridges from the Bear Mountain Bridge: the Popolopen Suspension Bridge, the Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge, and the train tracks. These bridges cross Popolopen Creek.

 

Popolopen Creek
Popolopen Creek is a stream, that is mostly fed by Lake Popolopen, Stillwell Lake, and Weyant's Pond. Eventually, the creek drains into the Hudson River. In 2002, New York's Governor George Pataki, dedicated a long suspension foot bridge that spans Popolopen Creek. The footbridge connects the trail between the twin forts and carries the Appalachian Trail on the western side of the Bear Mountain Bridge.


Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge
The Popolopen Creek Footbridge, a bridge for pedestrians only, was designed to create an economic and esthetically pleasing river crossing of 140m on the Appalachian Trail in Bear Mountain Park. The Popolopen Creek Suspension Footbridge is located in Fort Montgomery in Bear Mountain Park. You can access the bridge on a path near the Bear Mountain Bridge toll booths. Or, you can get to Popolopen Creek from Fort Montgomery.


American Revolution
Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton, forts on each side of Popolopen Creek, were the scenes of fierce American Revolutionary war battles for control of the Hudson River. On October 6, 1777, the British captured both forts; destroying Fort Montgomery in the days that followed.

Today, Fort Montgomery is an archeological site and a historic ruin.  Visitors will see the actual foundations of the fort's buildings and remains of the fort's earthworks. Visit Fort Montgomery and tour the remains of the 14 1/2 acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the Hudson River.

The wonderful gift shop offers some fun and unique treasures for the holiday season or other special occassions!  Come early to check them out or stop in after the hike.

 

 

  photos by yours truly

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  • Donna R.

    Great day! Great people!

    April 17, 2014

  • Madeline

    As usual, a marvelous day and great hike thanks to Susan!

    April 16, 2014

  • Louis W.

    Hike was great !!! Great views. Per Elise 6.82 miles and how many steps?

    April 14, 2014

    • Elise

      I did slightly over 20,000 steps on that day. I'd say we took about 17,000 steps during the hike.

      April 16, 2014

  • Rita R

    Best Hike Ever! :-) Thank you Susan for organizing and planning this super fun Sunday. This was my first hike with this awesome group of people and I loved every minute of it. Thank you! Cannot wait to do it again.

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Jerry C.

    A great truly springy afternoon with friends. The Three bridge hike is an old friend by now.

    April 14, 2014

  • Elaine

    Great hike with good group

    April 14, 2014

  • Elise

    Excellent!

    April 13, 2014

  • Maureen M

    fantastic hike!

    April 13, 2014

  • Susan

    How good it was to take in that warm spring air! It was nice to see some new faces and old familiar friends. Thanks to all who helped make it happen, especially Sarah and Bev for sweeping and to our great photographers who add so much to these special events! Thanks all for your kind words, support and for your cleverness Freda!

    April 13, 2014

  • Freda

    I truss that this fabulous hike will span many generations!! Thank you Susan

    April 13, 2014

  • Casey

    It was great ! Susan thanks again for all your efforts and great job

    April 13, 2014

  • Steve

    This was another great hike. Thank you Susan.

    April 13, 2014

  • mike a.

    Great day sue.

    April 13, 2014

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