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Anghiker
03-27-2013, 10:43
Hoping someone who knows this area can help me. We are planning to day hike from CT/NY border hopefully past the Bear Mtn. Inn.
Someone told me we can park at this intersection of NY 403 & US 9 and other say there isn't any parking there. One book I have says yes and I think the AT NY book doesn't show as parking there.
If anyone is familiar with this area could you clear this up for me. I don't want to get down there and then find out we can't park a car there.
Also, that bridge to cross over the Hudson River and then to the Bear Mountain Inn, does anyone know if that is a congested area during rush hours morning and night?
As long as I'm asking question, does anyone know if there is still snow down in that section.
We really appreciate any help we can get on this as we are very unfamiliar with this section.
Thanks:confused:
Angie

Sly
03-27-2013, 12:28
If there's no parking on the east side of the bridge there is at Bear Mountain.

I'm sorry I can't vouch if it's totally correct but here's a list

Stalking Tortoise
03-27-2013, 12:34
The Rohland's AT Parking site (http://appalachiantrail.rohland.org/) is a comprehensive list of trailhead parking areas and safety ratings. I find it invaluable for setting up the start and end points for my section hikes.

Anghiker
03-27-2013, 13:04
Wow! That was so fast. Thank you both so much. This will be a big help to us.
Happy Hiking!

Feral Bill
03-27-2013, 13:04
The walkway is separated from the traffic lanes on the bridge. Park at Bear Mountain. If you arrive a few days early, add a loop hike through Harriman and back to your car.

GoldenBear
03-27-2013, 13:13
West of the Hudson River is a HUGE amount of parking for the lake and pool.
http://rohland.homedns.org:8008/at/at_NYsection10/NY10-4473471.jpg
According to this URL
http://nysparks.com/parks/13/fees-rates.aspx
The cost is $8 to park there. I'd check with the park directly about long-term parking for AT users.

East of the Hudson River, along NY Highway 9D, parking is tight to non-existent.
http://rohland.homedns.org:8008/at/at_NYsection9/P1010050.JPG
http://rohland.homedns.org:8008/at/at_NYsection9/PA1400c09b.jpg

Wadadli
03-27-2013, 14:22
Hoping someone who knows this area can help me. We are planning to day hike from CT/NY border hopefully past the Bear Mtn. Inn.
Someone told me we can park at this intersection of NY 403 & US 9 and other say there isn't any parking there. One book I have says yes and I think the AT NY book doesn't show as parking there.
If anyone is familiar with this area could you clear this up for me. I don't want to get down there and then find out we can't park a car there.
Also, that bridge to cross over the Hudson River and then to the Bear Mountain Inn, does anyone know if that is a congested area during rush hours morning and night?
As long as I'm asking question, does anyone know if there is still snow down in that section.
We really appreciate any help we can get on this as we are very unfamiliar with this section.
Thanks:confused:
Angie

Hi Angie,

Nice to see someone coming to hike in our neck of the woods.

Parking was available at the NY403/9 intersection until a few months ago, when the landowner suddenly decided a few cars in a bit of gravel off the shoulder was too much to abide. However, just a few yards north of the intersection and to the right is Cross Rd, where parking is allowed. There is also parking at Greymoor, which is east of the intersection. Can't miss it.

Bear Mountain Bridge has a traffic light on the east end and the toll booth on the west. Both help keep even heavy-ish traffic manageable. The sidewalks on either side of the bridge are comfortably wide and offer beautiful views in either direction.

Snow has melted away, though you may find a few piles lying about on north faces.

I don't know if this will work within your plans, but whenever we've parked on Bear Mountain for hiking we go to the top of the mountain, where the tower is, because parking is free up there. :)

And the parking areas that GoldenBear posted pictures of? They're fine, too, despite how cramped they look.

If you have any more questions I'll try to help. Enjoy!

Angela

Anghiker
03-28-2013, 12:04
Thanks again to everyone who has helped me with the questions I had. All the post were very helpful to me. We feel more confident going down now knowing we can park where we were hoping to. Thanks again This forum is awesome!!!:)