“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.”
-George Washington Carver
Every summer I feel the need to torture myself by doing two pretty difficult hikes at least once. The first one is Mt. Beacon and the second is Bear Mt. Today I decided to get Bear Mt. out of the way since the forecast for tomorrow is for the mid 80’s with high humidity. Starting off on the Appalachian Trail by Hessian Lake, the trail begins a grueling ascent immediately. The elevation at this point is 175 feet, but in less than two miles you climb 1,130 feet where you will be at Perkins Memorial Tower that has an elevation of 1305 feet.
Since they rerouted the AT over the last few years and have made significant improvements, although steep, the trail is a pleasure to hike on.
And climbs some more…
It seems like it never ends!
The AT does eventually turn off onto Perkins Memorial Drive. Instead of heading back into the woods, I stayed on the road so I could take some pictures. Part of the reason I was up here in the first place was to catch the sun coming up behind Anthony’s Nose. Unfortunately I missed it by about fifteen minutes!
Iona Island is at the bottom of the picture. The city of Peekskill, NY is in the distance.
The Bear Mt. Bridge and Anthony’s Nose just after sunrise.
Looking north on the Hudson River
Perkins Memorial Drive
Once you get to the top where the tower is located, you will get some amazing views. This one in particular because usually this time of year the haze blocks the NYC skyline.
The NYC Skyline
Due to the fact that improvements on the AT have moved closer to Perkins Memorial Tower, they have had to reroute part of the trail until it is completed.
Hessian Lake at the base of Bear Mountain
Summer 2017 Mileage: