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Beginner Hiking Series - Mt. Beacon Fire Tower

  • Mt. Beacon Trail Head

    173 Howland Ave, Beacon, NY (map)

    41.494293 -73.959068

  • Amit[masked] - Silver Toyota Prius
  • Round 4 awaits!  You asked for views and you will get them; prepare yourselves for one of the most beautiful sights of the Hudson Valley (and possibly a view of Manhattan if it is clear enough).  The distance is 4.4 miles and the elevation gain is almost 1600' so be prepared to CLIMB!!!  A hike like this is going to really work your quadriceps and glutes, so it will be a true lower body workout; not just cardio.  For me, the fitness part of hiking generally lies in the elevation gain, and the payoff is generally in the gorgeous views that you get to see.  This will definitely give us both, but we will take it slow to keep everyone together as always.  


    You must be in decent enough physical shape to WALK 10K (6.2 miles or 125 city blocks).  We will be gaining and descending almost 1600 feet of elevation, mostly in the first mile!  You must come with appropriate gear/clothing/footwear to handle a hike on irregular and possibly muddy terrain in warm weather.  You must bring ample water (at least 1 liter) and a snack and/or lunch if you desire.  Insects aren't usually a problem here so leave the DEET off.  I also recommend bringing a spare set of socks and comfortable shoes to change out of after the hike.  If you have any questions, please ask in the comments.

    Try to wear merino wool and/or synthetics.  Avoid denim, cotton or anything else that takes forever to dry.  If you have cotton socks or denim jeans that get wet during a hike, you will be miserable until we are done.  They also don't wick away sweat, so do your best to come in hiking clothes.


    Guests, children, and leashed dogs are all welcome but make sure they are up for a climb of this magnitude.  However, we encourage everyone to sign up to HVH as it is free and also a good way to meet people. is the true social media that encourages people to meet in person, instead of interacting solely on the internet like other so-called "social media".

    If you RSVP YES but decide last minute, for whatever reason at all, that you can't make it, then please just change your RSVP to NO; or text me / comment on the page.  I have no problem with that at all.  However, please don't leave yourself as a YES and then not show up.  You leave us waiting and wondering where you are and ultimately get marked as a no-show; please communicate.


    I will only consider cancelling if there is a higher than a 30% chance of rain.  That is a general rule and I will Email out limited updates to keep everyone informed, if applicable.  You must be responsible to bring what you feel is necessary to deal with any inclement weather.  As always, ask questions if you are unsure what is appropriate to bring.  Some people wear all wool/synthetics and don't care about getting wet, some bring light rain jackets, and some even bring umbrellas.

    Time-frame / Meeting place

    We will arrive at 8:45 AM and start our hike at 9 AM sharp.  If you are going to be late, and you comment on the site or text me to let me know, we can wait a bit longer.  The GPS directions should take you right to the Mount Beacon Lot which has an entrance on Howland Ave. and one off 9D.  There is one port-a-potty here.

    The distance is 4.4 miles with around 1600' elevation gain.  This is not a loop so we will be backtracking our steps from the fire tower back to the lot.  There is a beautiful overlook at the 1.2 mile point (casino ruins), followed by the tower 1 mile later.  We will hike around 1.5 MPH and stay together as a group, so I expect the hike to take about 3 hours.  We will be absolutely sticking together the whole time and not breaking up into mini-groups at all.  

    However, there is a limit to how long a large group can wait for one or two stragglers.  If the climb to the casino overlook was too much for you, I may ask you not to continue to the tower.  I'm doubtful this will happen, but want to set expectations and ensure the larger group is not forced to wait an unpleasantly long time to get to the top.


    The first 0.8 miles of the hike has about 1000' of elevation gain.  Take it slowly as not to "burn out your quads".  If you push yourself too hard and beyond your ability, your legs will turn to jelly and you'll probably need an extended break before you can continue.  We then hit the overlook and the ensuing mile will have about 550' of elevation gain (still significant but not nearly as severe as the beginning).  After we spend a relaxed time at the tower recovering and enjoying the views, we'll retrace our steps and head back to the lot descending carefully.


    Once again, I would love to hear everyone's constructive feedback about the hike, what they were hoping to get out of it, what they ultimately got out of it, and what they would like to see me do in the future.

    We will have lunch at Max's on Main in Beacon:!/page_Menu1

    It's always a good idea to bring a map:

    We are taking the Red trail on the bottom of the map. 

    Once again, if you have any questions or concerns, please post in the comments below.


    NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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  • Amit

    Weather isn't looking great for tomorrow. I will make the call later tonight, but there is a good chance I will be canceling it entirely.

    July 26, 2014

    • Elissa

      Will you reschedule the Mt Beacon hike for later in August or early Sept? I cancelled because the weather reports were not looking good.

      July 27, 2014

  • Andreya

    Is there anybody driving from New York who has room for an extra passenger? Will contribute to costs of course!

    July 22, 2014

    • BettyNicole

      same here.. need a ride.. will contribute too

      July 26, 2014

    • Tara

      If you can take Metro North (New Haven line) to Pelham or New Rochelle, I have room for 3.

      July 26, 2014

  • Meredith

    Hi Amit,
    These beginner hikes sound great! Do you plan on doing any other than on Sunday mornings (for those of us who go to church)? I would love to be able to participate!

    July 15, 2014

    • BettyNicole

      that's bad for those who want to go to the synagogue on Saturdays!

      1 · July 26, 2014

    • Amit

      That's why you needed to come on my Sunday series. ☺

      July 26, 2014

  • Amit

    Everyone start doing your no-rain dance for Sunday. Current prediction is for T-Storms all day. Can't trust that forecast till the night before, though.

    1 · July 24, 2014

    • Dianna

      whats the back up plan?

      July 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bloody marys and brunch?

      2 · July 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agreed! We are so spoiled by one beautiful weekend after the next, I've come to expect them now!

    July 24, 2014

    • Amit

      Indeed! Let's hope we get lucky. A few sprinkles on a hot day is fine. Thunderstorms are not.

      July 24, 2014

  • Dave

    Turns out I'm working this weekend. Have a great hike!

    July 24, 2014

  • Dean

    Looking forward to round 4, you haven't disappointed us yet :-)

    July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've done the first part of the hike but haven't gone to the fire tower yet. Looking forward to my first hike with you guys!

    1 · July 14, 2014


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