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Vly is often climbed in conjunction with Bearpen. Both are outside of the "blue line". Vly has a canister and an obvious herd path to it.




Trailhead Coordinates
Name Coordinates
County Road 3 (from south) N42.2414 W74.4650
County Road 3 (from north)  

Quick Look - Vly and Bearpen from Johnson Hollow
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 6.5 mi. 2148 ft. N42.2652 W74.4741 GPSies

CHH peak map

In Fleischmanns on Rt. 28 turn onto Lake St. (Rt. 37) or the Halcott Center Road. Continue on this road for about 4 miles until it becomes County Rt. 3. After 2.75 miles the road splits. Stay right and DO NOT turn left onto Johnson Hollow Rd. County Rt. 3 continues to the right for .7 miles. At the snowplow turnaround on the left turn around and park on the left just below the white house. There is not much room to park but the traffic is minimal. Walk up the road for about 1 mile until there is a hunting cabin on the left. Turn right here into the woods where you will see some signs marking the edge of state land. Head up and southeast for about .8 miles on a herd path to the summit of Vly Mt. (3529 ft.) The canister is one of the easier ones to find. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the hunting cabin. (The following description to Bearpen differs a little from the map at the right due to the confusion about the peak mentioned above.)

At the hunting cabin there is a road/path that heads toward Bearpen to the northwest. Try to stay on the old roads and some of the new ones that are being constructed. On the map shown here AVOID going to the left and out to the further peak. This is the one that is marked Bearpen on the maps but it is not the highest peak. Stay on the route to the right on the map. After going up and hiking for about 1.3 miles you should be near the summit of Bearpen (3600 ft.) There is evidence of the ski area that was once here in the ski slopes cut down the mountain and some old rope tow machinery. The ski slopes offer a good view to the north. Retrace your path to the hunting shack and then walk back down the road to the car.

CHH peak profile

(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the hike. The distances are short and the vertical gain small. Much of this profile is taken up by trying to find the actual Bearpen. The bump on the left is Vly and the bump on the extreme right is the actual Bearpen.)



Quick Look - Bearpen and Vly from Johnson Hollow
Difficulty Round trip Total climb Location Internet Maps
Trail difficultyTrail difficultyTrail difficulty 6.6 mi. 2151 ft. N42.2652 W74.4741 GPSies

CHH peak map

In Fleischmanns on Rt. 28 turn onto Lake St. (Rt. 37) or the Halcott Center Road. Continue on this road for about 4 miles until it becomes County Rt. 3. After 2.75 miles the road splits. Stay right and DO NOT turn left onto Johnson Hollow Rd. County Rt. 3 continues to the right for .7 miles. At the snowplow turnaround on the left turn around and park on the left just below the white house. There is not much room to park but the traffic is minimal. Walk up the road for about 1 mile until there is a hunting cabin on the left. At the hunting cabin there is a road/path that heads toward Bearpen to the northwest. Try to stay on the old roads and some of the new ones that are being constructed. On the map shown here AVOID going to the left and out to the further peak. This is the one that is marked Bearpen on the maps but it is not the highest peak. Stay on the route to the right on the map. After going up and hiking for about 1.3 miles you should be near the summit of Bearpen (3600 ft.) There is evidence of the ski area that was once here in the ski slopes cut down the mountain and some old rope tow machinery. The ski slopes offer a good view to the north. Retrace your path to the hunting shack and then walk across the road and slightly to the left to pick up the herd path to Vly.

You will see some signs marking the edge of state land. Head up and southeast for about .8 miles on a herd path to the summit of Vly Mt. (3529 ft.) The canister is one of the easier ones to find. Facing the canister turn right and follow a path out to a lookout at a big rock with a limited view. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the hunting cabin. Turn left and walk back to the car.

CHH peak profile

(The image at the left is the vertical profile for the hike. The distances are short and the vertical gain small. Much of this profile is taken up by trying to find the actual Bearpen. The bump on the left is Vly and the bump on the extreme right is the actual Bearpen.)