BEAR MOUNTAIN

1) As you begin to walk around the far side of the lake, you can observe a variety of tree species including black oak, willow, red oak, black birch, mountain laurel, chestnut oak, red maple, maple-leaf viburnum, sassafras, green ash, alder (by the shore), striped maple, and tulip.

2) Later in the trail other trees, such as witch hazel, chestnut oak, flowering dogwood, mountain laurel, and beech are present. A large basswood tree is growing out of a rock outcrop by the edge of the lake.

3) A stream crosses the path as the path nears the shore. A tulip tree, Japanese knotweed, and hercules club are present on the left while alder, spicebush, and tulip are present on the right.

4) As the trail continues towards the bathrooms and inn, you can observe white ash, flowering dogwood, black birch, red oak, sassafras, green ash, beech, white pine, chestnut oak, and white oak. A pitch pine tree is near the bathroom. On the road nearby you can see the area where Orange and Rockland Counties meet.

5) On the trail which leads to the Hudson, you can observe white pine, white ash, chestnut oak, pitch pine, red oak, tree of heaven, black cherry, sycamore, American hackberry, and willow. Near the railroad tracks the unusual Princess tree is present and a number of black locust trees grow along the shore of the Hudson.


After the first circle, you exit at Perkins Memorial Drive at exit 19 and within half a mile there will be a sign and road on the right which read TRAILHEAD PARKING

 

From the parking lot, there is a wide trail with a wire blocking it which proceeds straight. It dead ends after about a half mile and water damage to the asphalt path is severe in some spots. The trees along the trail include black birch, green ash, tree of heaven, green ash, witch hazel, flowering dogwood, red maple, beech, sugar maple, striped maple, black locust, and sycamore.

--From the parking lot facing away from the road, there is a trail which begins climbing a hill up to the left. This trail will join the Appalachian trail after a short distance. Mountain laurel is very common in this area. After joining the Appalachian trail, the tree species include white pine, sugar maple, striped maple, hercules club, witch hazel, red maple, beech, and mountain laurel.

THE LONG PATH

As you take route 6 West from Bear Mountain from the circle (not the Bear Mountain circle), you can turn into a long parking area from which a number of paths depart, including The Long Path. Honey locust is in the parking lot and the trees along the beginning of the Long Path include red maple, sugar maple, white oak, white ash, witch hazel, shagbark hickory, and red oak.