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Not So Urban Athletics: Hike Bear Mountain

  • Dec 28, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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I don't hike much when the weather turns cold but sometimes you get cabin fever. It's time to put our feet to the dirt and get some fresh air as we head north to hike Bear Mountain.

This loop hike climbs to the summit of the mountain with its 270 degree views of the Hudson River and surrounding valley. This place is crawling with people during the summer time, but in the winter it has a much more solitudinous atmosphere. Fair warning -- the first mile and half of this hike is straight up a mountain side so if you question your cardiovascular fitness, keep sitting on that couch.

A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your organizer is in the running for hardest working person on meetup. While everyone else is running in the other direction, I'll be the first one to jump in front of that bear when he tries to eat you.

The Important Stuff ...

• This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE hike of about 4 miles. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in decent physical shape.

• This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you. Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat and gloves, bring 3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks.

• Rain/snow cancels the hike.

How To Get There ...

Put 55 Hessian Drive, Highland Falls, NY into your GPS or use the coordinates [masked], [masked]‎). Turn the ignition key, press the gas pedal -- it's about an hour drive from midtown NYC.

Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where), If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.

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  • Kevin

    Linda, sick pictures. Makes me wonder if I was on the same hike as you because I don't remember any of these scenes. I musta been there though because I see Oliver. :)

    2 · December 30, 2013

    • Eat Love H.

      Lol. There is a posted picture of your impostor. Did u miss that too? Hmmm, Oliver didnt seem to notice your body was snatched by the forest ferries for more than half the hike? They provided a prettty good replica. See, if you would have joined us for melted square marshmallows you too would have had superhero vision powers so as not to have missed all the hidden goodies I captured. Giggles.

      December 30, 2013

  • Luis

    Wow awesome pictures, count me in next time.

    1 · December 30, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    Very memorable hike. Weather provided nice variety with a range from chilly breezes to still warmth under the sun. Icicle formations were fun to watch break or melt off. Didnt know Bear Mountain had interesting sites such as cemeteries and old residences. A great day. Cheers Kevin. Oooh, and almost forgot,: We discovered square marshmallows along the way (yummy) and met people who shared homemade kindling secrets.

    2 · December 29, 2013

  • Nandini

    Sorry, I already have plans for Saturday.

    December 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    NOTE DATE AND TIME CHANGE PEEPS! We are doing this hike tomorrow which will be the better weather day.

    December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      :(. Can't make Saturday. Hopefully next time.

      December 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    Marina/Rumana/Eat, you want to ride with me tomorrow? Message me,[masked]

    December 27, 2013

    • Rumana C.

      Thanks Kevin! I can't do tomorrow. I would been able to go the original date (Sunday). Enjoy!

      December 27, 2013

  • Luis

    Have fun guys, maybe next time

    December 27, 2013

  • Kevin

    People, if I changed this hike to Saturday which of you could still come?

    December 27, 2013

    • Raza

      I'll still come.

      December 27, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    If i find carpool either day works.

    December 27, 2013

  • Luis

    I can't make it Saturday

    December 27, 2013

  • Luis

    I would help but I live in NJ. Sorry I don't live in NY anymore

    December 26, 2013

  • Kevin

    OK, I've been called out for this hike being too short. I will likely add a few segmemts onto this to push it into the 6-7 mile range so mentally prepare yourselves. :)

    1 · December 26, 2013

  • Rumana C.

    Looking forward to the winter version of this hike. Kevin, do we need to bring any Traction System for this hike? Also, can anyone give me a ride from the city? I am coming from Astoria; happy to share cost of gas and toll and will buy you a nice cup of coffee :-)

    December 26, 2013

    • Kevin

      I don't expect any precipitation in the forecast this week to warrant spikes or trax, but as I always say -- better to have and not need than need and not have. Bring 'em if you got 'em just in case.

      December 26, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    Can do if anyone riding from lic or midtown east. Great to finish 2013 with a hike.

    December 25, 2013

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