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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- Distance: 6.6
Location: 42.2640953063965, -74.441780090332
Head W up Mountain Rd.
Location: 42.2525444030762, -74.4573822021484
Hunters shack; col between Bearpen and Vly Mtns.
Location: 42.2515830993652, -74.4579162597656
L into woods; begin off-trail up Vly Mtn.
Location: 42.2501449584961, -74.4568634033203
Follow faint animal path
Location: 42.2458076477051, -74.4483489990234
Vly Mtn. summit; sign summit canister; return to col, then bear N
Location: 42.2546539306641, -74.4579010009766
L @ ATV Trail
Location: 42.2562141418457, -74.4587020874024
Caution: Steep gradient ahead; find solid footholds
Location: 42.2594947814941, -74.460693359375
Location: 42.2601013183594, -74.4614791870117
L @ remnants of an old footpath
Location: 42.2629241943359, -74.4697341918945
Location: 42.2631225585938, -74.4701690673828
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Old ski trails and chair lift site
Location: 42.2682075500488, -74.4773406982422
L onto Bluff Trail; return to trailhead