Bear Mountain Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Bear Mountain


Great views of the Hudson River from Perkins Memorial Tower at the top

Page Contributor(s): Ties Arts, Bussum, Netherlands

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Climb Summary

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.

The Bear Mountain bike climb is 50 miles north of New York City and is featured as the northern tip of the Gran Fondo New York (Course; GFNY; 100 miles, 8,500’).

Bike climb Bear Mountain - gran fondo ny; cyclist pointing at map

Summary of ride from Ties Arts, Netherlands, 2017 US climb trip:

cycling Bear Mountain - gfny - cyclist on road

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.

bike ride Bear Mountain - gfny, sign,

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.