West Mountain Loop from Anthony Wayne Recreation Area

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Cats Elbow - Photo by Daniel Chazin Cats Elbow - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to the ridge of West Mountain, passing several expansive viewpoints over the Hudson River and the surrounding hills.

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From the kiosk at the southern end of the parking area, proceed south on the Horn Hill Loop Mountain Bike Trail, with blue-on-white diamond blazes. The trail passes through a pine forest and crosses several bridges. In about half a mile, you’ll cross the the red-on-white-blazed Ramapo-Dunderberg (R-D) Trail, and soon afterwards...

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August 28, 2013
Great Hike - Make Sure You Have the Latest Maps!!
<p>Another great hike, quite a few elevations changes, fairly varied scenery. The yellow trail section was beautiful. I would hike this again.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>BUT, make sure you have the latest Harriman Bear Mountain&nbsp;maps, as of this writing updated 2013 (15th edition)! I had a 13th edition of the maps from 2010, <em>and</em> I had a previous version of this hike description, printed in the summer of 2012 (and left on my desk since then.) Talk about a perfect storm! It turns out that this hike description has been updated in December 2012&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">and</span> the maps were updated in early 2013! I knew something was wrong somewhere along the Doodletown Bridle Path, passing obvious signs of the deblazed AT, and unable to confidently find my location on the map. It was an interesting day, and I managed fine after about&nbsp;15 minutes&nbsp;of backtracking and checking my direction with a compass.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So&nbsp;the important lesson to me&nbsp;is&nbsp;getting back to the basics:&nbsp;frequently&nbsp;check for updated maps, and hike descriptions&nbsp;- and always bring a compass.</p>
May 20, 2013
Elevation Change
<P>Using the TC map&nbsp;I estimate about 1200 ft elevation <SPAN style="TEXT-DECORATION: underline">gain</SPAN>&nbsp; (plus tack on&nbsp;another 50-100 ft for&nbsp;trail&nbsp;variances that are too small to&nbsp;appear on the map).&nbsp;&nbsp; If&nbsp;we take into consideration the similar amount of elevation loss (about 1050 ft), the overall elevation <SPAN style="TEXT-DECORATION: underline">change</SPAN> appears to be nearly a wash (150ft or so).&nbsp;&nbsp;</P>
May 20, 2013
Nice hike
<p>Can anybody tell me what the approximate elevation change is through this hike?</p>
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