Bear Mountain Bridge, as seen from Perkins Memorial Drive mountain summit.
Cycling Bear Mountain: 4.5 miles, 1,230’ at 5.2%
This glorious bike climb is located in Bear Mountain State Park, New York, on the west side of the Hudson River (5,205 acres, est. 1913) and offers exceptional views of the Hudson Highlands.
Summary of ride from Ties Arts, Netherlands, 2017 US climb trip:
The summit of Bear Mountain is accessible by an entire paved road, has several roadside viewpoints, a picnic area and an observatory at the Perkins Memorial Tower.
The climb is not steep, but neither is it easy, with a 5%+ average grade. It has magnificent views over the Hudson River and Highlands.
The is a unique climb in the Hudson Highlands of New York State. It is a climb included in the popular annual Gran Fondo New York. On the top near the Perkins Memorial Tower there is a food/drink opportunity during the Gran Fondo. It is an amazing view on top of Bear Mountain, especially when all the riders are wearing the same green Gran Fondo jersey.