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Seven Lakes Drive
to Bear Mtn Bridge
William Brien Shelter, Black Mt,
West Mt and Bear Mountain
This extremely popular section of the Appalachian Trail is located partly in Harriman State Park and mostly in Bear Mountain State Park. It was in Bear Mountain State Park back in 1923 when the very first section of the Appalachian Trail was built and blazed. In 2011 there was a major relocation and rehabilitation project along the AT on Bear Mountain. You'll be impressed with some of the rock steps that were built on former steep, eroded sections of trail.
This section of trail travels by two shelters. The first, the William Brien Memorial Shelter is named in memory of the first president of the New York Ramblers Hiking Club. This stone shelter was built in 1933 by the CCC and sleeps eight. There is no privy at the shelter and water is usually scarce. It is also rumored that rattlesnakes sometimes visit this shelter.
The second shelter requires a 0.6 mile walk off the main AT on the Timp Torne Trail to the highly popular West Mountain Shelter. This shelter sleeps eight and was built in 1928. There is no privy at the shelter and water is scarce. There have also been reports of a rattlesnake at this shelter. This shelter is popular due to the spectacular views from the shelter. On a clear day you can make out the Manhattan skyline.
This 10.8 mile section of the Appalachian Trail features Black Mountain, West Mountain, Bear Mountain, Timp Torne Trail, Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain Zoo. The section of trail that travels through the zoo and then toward the Bear Mountain Bridge, is an original section of the AT from 1923. This section is CLOSED when the zoo is closed and dogs are NOT ALLOWED on this part of the AT. The detour is to hike around on US 9W.
We suggest buying a copy of the Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey for anyone planning a hike on this section of the AT. We have some info and a map of this section of trail below.
This section of trail begins where the trail crosses Seven Lakes Drive. At 2.0 miles reach the William Brien Memorial Shelter. At 3.4 miles reach Black Mountain at an elevation of 1190 feet. There are some views here. The trail now descends to cross the very busy Palisades Interstate Parkway at 4.1 miles. The Anthony Wayne Recreational Center is located 0.4 miles north of the trail crossing.
At 4.3 miles the AT crosses Beechy Bottom Brook, a reliable water source for thru hikers. Now the trail steeply climbs West Mountain and at 5.1 miles reach the junction of the Timp Torne Trail. The West Mountain Shelter is located 0.6 miles along the blue blazed Timp Torne Trail. The Timp Torne Trail briefly coincides with the AT. At 6.7 miles the AT crosses Seven Lakes Drive (elevation 603 feet).
At 8.3 miles the trail crosses nearby the Perkins Memorial Tower on Bear Mountain. There are numerous views from along the trail on Bear Mountain. The trail will lose over 1200 feet of elevation as the trail now travels toward the Bear Mountain Bridge and lowest point along the whole Appalachian Trail at 124 feet as you hike through the zoo.
Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide - New York
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for the nearly 90 miles the Appalachian Trail travels in New York. The guide is broken down by 12 sections of the AT. The book comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button below and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!
Appalachian Trail in New York
Seven Lakes Road to Bear Mtn Bridge
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for just this section of the Appalachian Trail in New York. The guide comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button below and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!
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