Russian Bear Hike

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 6:00PM
8:15AM to 6:00PM
Arrive by 8:00AM
8.5 miles
1,000 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Highlights of Harriman

What We Love

  • Mountain laurel tunnels
  • Open views
  • Unique rock formations
  • Relax by a peaceful lake

Your Day

Hike through Harriman State Park's mountains and valleys. Begin your ascent following the ridge of Ramapo Torne past imposing cliff towers and mountain laurel thickets until it reaches the summit of the Torne. At the summit we will have amazing views of the Torne Valley, Hillburn and Suffern. Our route requires us to cross several wooden bridges and climb a series of stone steps, after which we will see the Russian Bear- a large boulder that once stood precariously on the edge of a cliff, but has since fallen to rest beside the trail. We will make our way to beautiful Pine Meadow Lake where we will relax for lunch before making our descent.

Perfect for: Fit hikers with some experience

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Level 6/10
1,000 feet elevation gain
8.5 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
8:15AM to 6:00PMArrive by 8:00AM

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Intensity Level

Level 6

Moderate - For fit and experienced hikers

Level 6 trips will push you with a faster pace and longer distances. This hard work allows you to see more terrain and higher vistas. You should expect to be tired and fulfilled on the van ride home.


We’ll be active for five to eight hours. Prepare for this trip by maintaining your daily fitness regime that includes both cardio and strength.


Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to twelve miles today, nearly a half-marathon.


We’ll be hiking on varying mountainous terrain, which will involve navigating rock faces, loose stones, and steep, uneven trails.

Elevation Change

Up to 2,000 feet per day.


Up to 10,000 feet.

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet the group at the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center in Harriman State Park at 9:15 AM.


Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

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