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Bearfort Mountain/Surprise Lake 7.5 miles

  • Apr 12, 2014 · 9:30 AM
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 Mileage: 7.5 - Moderate to challenging. Rugged, rocky, with some decent scrambling areas. The initial part of the trail up is steep, multiple elevation changes. Even though it's not a long hike, I will rate it challenging since it would not be suitable for under 12 yrs of age.


This loop hike traverses the Bearfort Ridge, with its unusual puddingstone conglomerate rock and pitch pines growing out of bedrock, passes through a rhododendron tunnel, and comes out on the shore of Surprise Lake.



4 hours - this a good estimate if all goes right.

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 7.5 miles

Route Type: Circuit

Dogs Allowed on leash


Abram Hewitt State Forest

Region: Bearfort Ridge and Wawayanda Region

For a complete hike description a route directions please visit

Suggested Supplies:

Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Appropriate weather gear. Water (at least 2 liters). Snacks/lunch & hiking poles (if needed). Camera. Good conversation. Positive and environmentally friendly attitude.

Weather: Light rain okay. Heavy rain/snow cancels. Check this site for updates.
Leaders cell # emailed day of hike to members who are attending.

RISK DISCLAIMER:Please remember this is a social event and not a professionally guided hike.  By participating in this hike, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents, and you acknowledge hiking is a dangerous activity that could lead to injury or death. Always come prepared and equipped as if you are hiking on your own.  In the event of an emergency, your fellow hikers will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.

By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. It was a beautiful hike and I enjoyed meeting everyone.

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike today. Could not have been any more perfect. Great group!!!! Thanks!

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Mike, the email said Saturday the 19th, but here on the page it says the 12th???

    April 7, 2014

    • Michael C

      Two of us were working on this. Sorry. It is April 12th.

      April 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      that's okay. thanks.

      April 8, 2014

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