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.