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Ascent of Bear Mountain on 2019-03-07

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, March 7, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bear Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1300 ft / 396 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finding the trailhead was a little odd. It's behind the Bear Mountain Inn next to a huge parking lot by the Administration Building, a merry go round (near public bathrooms), maintenance fields, playgrounds, etc. Not what I expected. The Admin building was open with a park police on duty and maps. A hiking couple gave me info on where to find the trailhead. Once found, there was a lot of sign info. The Major Welch trail was very easy to follow, as it's a series of very impressive stone stairs leading to the Perkins Memorial Tower (closed). Along the way is a log bridge, a stone bench and views of the Hudson river (there is one particular area that is spectacular). The summit area has vending machines and what looked like a picnic plaza (I didn't check it out), also trash containers. I continued past this to the true summit where there are old footings. The trail runs along the Appalachian Trail and this continues on. A very pretty trail. Packed snow was on the ground for the most part, with some clear spots. I used Hillsounds (clicked off the box as crampons).
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Bear Mountain overlooking Hudson River Valley (2019-03-07). Photo by Lori S.
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Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy



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