Major Welch Trail

  • Sunshine in Bear Mountain State Park in New York.


Dogs Yes

Cross Country Skiing



Fall Foliage

2.5 (miles)


Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

New York

Major Welch Trail is an easy hiking trail in Bear Mountain State Park near New York City. This trail has red blazes and is very popular. It meanders along the western shore of Hessian Lake and then climbs up Bear Mountain, crossing Perkins Drive a few times before ending at the Appalachian Trail. Hikers can expect tremendous views along the way. Keep an eye peeled for wildlife including abundant songbirds and game such as white-tailed deer. Bear Mountain also makes a great choice for winter recreation, its trails offer wonderful cross country skiing and snowshoeing. This trail is family and dog friendly, but your furry kids must be on leash.


During the American Revolution the area that would become Bear Mountain State Park saw several battles and skirmishes. The British viewed controlling the Hudson River as pivotal to their success.

Red Tape

Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Bear Mountain State Park Palisades Parkway Bear Mountain, NY 10911

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