Vly is a good beginner bushwhack mountain. The herd path is unmaintained but clear. DEC boundary paint-marked trees will guide you to the densely-wooded summit, where there’s a canister.

 Vly Hiking Trails & Hikes

summit of bearpen mountain

Hike Vly & Bearpen

Personal opinion: these are the only two boring Catskill 3500 hikes. Vly has a few small ledges to keep things interesting, barely, but I swear the trailed route up Bearpen has almost nothing to recommend it. Luckily, you can bag both of these hills together on a single, easy out-and-back.

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