Last week, my husband and I went hiking. I’m new to hiking, but as I mentioned in a previous post, we want to see plenty of local places while we still live in New Jersey. We are both enjoying it, and it’s been a fun weekend hobby instead of traveling to road races. To be honest, hiking is an incredibly intense workout and it tires me out more than running.
For our next adventure, we drove 2 hours north into New York State to Bear Mountain State Park. Yes, Rockland County…no not “Upstate, NY”. As someone who went to school in Potsdam, NY, 30 miles north of New York City is not upstate.
Bear Mountain is about 40 miles north of New York City. The park itself has a lot to do including a lake for swimming, trails, places to picnic and even a zoo. There are plenty of moderate trails to hike too. When we went, it was a beautiful day which meant there was no parking at all. Most people were at the lake beach, in fact, even though hundreds of parking spots were filled, we only saw two other parties during our entire hike.
There are plenty of trails including moderate trails as well as more leisurely and historic trails. We started with the leisurely trails which included a lot of history stops.
After about a mile we went along the yellow trail and left the historic area. The trails became much more intense and there were some points we were almost rock climbing. Considering I’m clumsy, perhaps this wasn’t the best idea. Everything was fine, though and even my ankle felt okay.
It was almost shocking how quiet the trails were because of how busy the lake was. While I was taking in the atmosphere, Tarzan appeared…just kidding.
After about 3 miles and an hour and a half, we made it to the top. We could see New York State as well as New Jersey. Talk about a view; it was one of the most incredible views on the East Coast I’ve seen.
After hanging out at the top for a bit, we decided to head back. Despite having a map, we got lost. There is another red trail we ended up connecting too and it caused us to hike across the entire park.
Our hike was only planned to be 4 miles, but it was 6 for us. It wasn’t a big deal except I was starving. Luckily I packed a giant red velvet diner cookie from lunch.
The diner cookie was the real MVP of the hike.
We stopped along the way taking photos of random spots too. Like when I nailed yoga on a tree…(just kidding)
It was a great hike and after finally getting back to the car, I was beyond exhausting. I felt like I had run a marathon, but views were worth it. Addig the extra 2 miles was definitely exhausting.
At the end of the day, we ended up hiking a 1000+ elevation gain (which is a lot for me). It was a great hike and we are looking forward to going back.
Questions for you:
Have you ever been hiking? Have you gotten lost?
Would you rather go hiking or into the mountains?