Mt Beacon & Optional post hike visit to DIA

This is not a beginners hike. Mt Beacon – Back at the turn of the century, people took a boat/train ride up the Hudson to Beacon, NY. There they took a coach/bus to an inclined railway. They boarded a cable pulled train car to the summit of Mt. Beacon where there was a romantic casino and hotel. The hotel is gone and there are skeletons of the old cable drawn railway and building foundations. Depending on the conditions and length of breaks, it will be about a 3 ½ hours. The hike is for the first hour or so a continuous uphill walk on fire roads and old ski trails. Approximate elevation gain of about 1000 feet to the ruins of the cable tram station and hotel. After a wow and ah break, we will continue the additional less steep undulating 300 ft vertical hike to the fire tower, where we will have our snack. Those who wish, may climb up the fire tower stairs. Because we will be out in the open at both viewpoints, for your safety and comfort a wind breaking garment may be a good idea.  Views – Mt Beacon is at the northern section of the Hudson Highlands. If it is a clear day, we will be able to look north past the Poughkeepsie bridges and south to the Tappan See Bridge and the NYC skyline. The views at the top are glorious and well worth the effort for those up to it. The wide trail we hike in on is the same one we will exit on.

Attached links are of views from the hotel and fire tower. Also an old film of when the tram was in use.

Link is imbedded, so to view - you most copy and paste.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no9wQ2mbljM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLYS838WTAs&feature=related

 

POST HIKE - DIA

After the hike Julia and a few others are going to visit the art museum DIA in beacon. An attached link describes the museum.

http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/beacon

DIRECTIONS: 782 RT-9D, Beacon, NY  12508    [masked], [masked]

From I 84 - off exit 11, take 9D south for 2.5 miles. When 9D makes a sharp right turn, park is in front of you.

From the south, at the intersection of 301 and 9D. Take 9D north for 5.9  miles and park is on your right, just before a sharp left turn.

CONTACT: Send Ted any questions you have regarding this hike. If you are lost or running late the day of the hike, give Ted a call  (203) 240-2706.

Liability Waiver: This is a fun and interesting group of people that enjoy hiking and socializing, it is not organized by a professional hiker.  Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death.
You agree to participate in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.

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  • Ted

    Did some research today, my guess, and I mean guess, is what that it was baby northern red bellied snake.

    September 21, 2013

  • Marianne

    So relaxed. Beautiful day and great way to spend a near last day of summer.

    September 21, 2013

  • Jimmy Y.

    Great hike, great weather, great group! I had a lot of fun.

    September 21, 2013

  • Ted

    What a beautiful day, just right. When we got up to the tower, we all just chilled out and hung out for over 1 1/4 hours. It was just great.

    September 20, 2013

  • Diane P

    I am hopeful but will keep my rsvp up to date if I cant get there.

    September 19, 2013

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