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Hike Black Bear Mountain

Inlet, New York

based on 1 reviews



3.8 miles

Elevation Gain

2442 ft

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Added by Almedin Andelija

Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located so close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets some pretty serious attention from hikers; the summit can be a very crowded location but it is well worth the hike.

The trail up Black Bear starts at the end of the old road/parking lot nearest Inlet. There are two routes up Black Bear; the shorter but steeper route of 1.9 miles and the longer but muddier route of 3.1 miles. There is another trailhead on Uncas Road that isn't as steep but is 2.2 miles to the summit.

There are a few steep sections on this hike, including a section of trail that climbs a 10-12 foot cliff that your dogs may not be able to handle. Another steep section climbs open rock as you make your way toward the summit. The summit has a large open area and great views both down toward the chain of lakes and to the northeast toward the High Peaks. The summit of Black Bear has several viewing areas to spread out amongst the crowds of people who often frequent this peak.

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Hike Black Bear Mountain Reviews

Black Bear Mountain has great views of the lakes below, and while steep in some parts, it can be hiked in a nice loop (or a shorter out-and-back) that is perfect for families who are vacationing in the area and looking for a half-day adventure.

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