Bear Mountain

 

a "Top Ten Area Favorite Hiking Destination"

 

 

 

Cranberry Lake Wild Forest

Cranberry Lake
 

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From the Summit of Bear Mountain

From the Summit of Bear Mountain

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From the Summit of Bear Mountain

From the Summit of Bear Mountain

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Near Bear Mountain Summit

Near Bear Mountain Summit

Summit Marker

Summit Marker

Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail

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Bear Mountain Trail

Bear Mountain Trail

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Trail Register

Trail Register

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Bear Mountain Swamp

Bear Mountain Swamp

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Bear Mountain Swamp

Bear Mountain Swamp

© Spencer Morrissey

Bear Mountain Swamp

Bear Mountain Swamp

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Sunrise looking at Bear Mountain

Sunrise looking at Bear Mountain

Courtesy of Valerie White

Bear Mountain Trail Map

Bear Mountain Trail Map

Bear Mountain Map 2

Bear Mountain Map 2

Cranberry Lake Wild Forest Map

Cranberry Lake Wild Forest Map

 

At 2,175 feet, "Bear Mountain" is one of the highest elevations in the Clifton-Fine area. The summit offers beautiful vistas overlooking

"Cranberry Lake"

(The 3rd Largest Lake in the Adirondack Park)

 

From the top of Bear Mountain, one can see what makes Cranberry Lake so special - Miles and miles of wild, undeveloped, state owned shoreline.

 

Bear Mountain Loop

 

Bear Mountain is located in the Cranberry Lake State Campground and the trail was constructed to create a wonderful 5.5 mile loop or a 4.5 mile two-car traverse. The trail climbs moderate up and over the wooded summit of Bear with some interesting erratics to climb along the ridge. T

 

he viewing platform is located on the south end ofthe mountain and overlooks the magestic Cranberry Lake.

 

The trail brings you a bit further within the campground, but if you are stayingthere it’s a perfect loop to and from your campsite.

 

Trailhead Location:

 

From the intersection of Route 3 and Lone Pine Road in Cranberry Lake, follow Lone Pine Road to the end at the Cranberry Lake State Campground. There will be a day use fee involved for this hike. The main trailhead is about a quarter mile in from the gate. The secondary trailhead is a bit further within the campground.  

 

 

 

Trail uses:Snowshoe, Hike

 

 

 

 

Bear Mountain from NYS HWY 3

 

This alternate route will bring you along The

"BurntBridge Pond Trail"

for the first portion of the journey, until it to connects you with the State Campground Trail up Bear Mountain. This adds 3.6 miles to your one-way trip but gives you an excellent walk in the woods and will extend your day if you prefer a bit of a longer, scenic route.

 

The first portion is flat and wide and will bring you to the Bear Mountain Trail in just under 1.5-miles. The Bear Mountain Trail which is part of the

"Cranberry 50" ,

is a very scenic hike and will deliver you through a portion of Bear Mountain Swamp, where the autumn colors are superb. This 2.2 mile section of trail will bring you roughly 0.25 miles up the Bear Mountain that leads from the State Campground.  

 

 

Trailhead Location:

 

Locate the BurntBridge Pond Trailhead just east of Cranberry Lake along NYS Route 3, Follow until it meets the Bear Mountain Trail. Then follow the Bear Mountain Trail.

 

 

 

Trail uses: Snowshoe, Hike, XC Ski (to campground trail only)