Bear Mountain from Route 3

This is a very long alternate route to one of the larger mountains in the region. It will bring you along a forest trail to connect you with the State Campground Trail up Bear Mountain. This adds 3.6 miles to your one-way trip but gives you an excellent walk in the woods and will extend your day if you prefer a bit of a longer, scenic route. The Bear Mountain Trail which is part of the Cranberry 50 is a very scenic hike that goes through Bear Mountain Swamp, and comes roughly 0.25 miles up the Bear Mountain trail from the State Campground.

If you have the time and energy, this is a much more scenic route to the summit and view from Bear Mountain. The view is roughly 0.5 miles over the top of Bear Mountain.    

Trailhead Location: 

From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Cranberry Lake. Just outside of Cranberry Lake is the trailhead for Brandy Flow on the left, park here.  

Distance Round Trip:

11.6 Miles

Elevation Gain or Loss: 




Time Round Trip:  

Family with Young Kids:     Not recommended

Experienced Hiker:         5 to 6 hours

Out of Shape Hiker:     6 to 7 hours