New York City: Vly and Bearpen Mountains

You won't find sections of this 8.2-mile hike on any trail map. That's because, until recently, these two 3,500-foot mountains in the Catskill Mountains sat on private land.
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You won't find sections of this 8.2-mile hike on any trail map. That's because, until recently, these two 3,500-foot mountains in the Catskill Mountains sat on private land.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.6

Waypoints

VBM001

Location: 42.2640953063965, -74.441780090332

Head W up Mountain Rd.

VBM002

Location: 42.2525444030762, -74.4573822021484

Hunters shack; col between Bearpen and Vly Mtns.

VBM003

Location: 42.2515830993652, -74.4579162597656

L into woods; begin off-trail up Vly Mtn.

VBM004

Location: 42.2501449584961, -74.4568634033203

Follow faint animal path

VBM005

Location: 42.2458076477051, -74.4483489990234

Vly Mtn. summit; sign summit canister; return to col, then bear N

VBM006

Location: 42.2546539306641, -74.4579010009766

L @ ATV Trail

VBM007

Location: 42.2562141418457, -74.4587020874024

Caution: Steep gradient ahead; find solid footholds

VBM008

Location: 42.2594947814941, -74.460693359375

Old 2x4s

VBM009

Location: 42.2601013183594, -74.4614791870117

L @ remnants of an old footpath

VBM010

Location: 42.2629241943359, -74.4697341918945

Turn R

VBM011

Location: 42.2631225585938, -74.4701690673828

Turn L

VBM012

Location: 42.2660102844238, -74.4736175537109

Old ski trails and chair lift site

VBM013

Location: 42.2682075500488, -74.4773406982422

L onto Bluff Trail; return to trailhead