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Mt. Beacon Winter Hike!!

Let's end our January hikes with Mt. Beacon. Mt. Beacon is great for views and a good workout. The first part is STRAIGHT UP on a metal staircase that follows the old incline railway, the history included on this is fascinating, do check out the signage at the parking lot before we ascend.

This is a strenuous hike, I'm thinking 4 1/2 miles. You need to be in shape for this, new hikers may find this one very challenging. It is NOT for beginners. If winter shows it's face you WILL need MicroSpikes or Stabilicers, NO YAKTRAX. I will need to see them before we leave the parking lot.

We won't leave anyone behind but we will move at a steady pace with stops to catch slower friends up. You will not want to do this as a first hike with us, find out your limitations on an easier hike if you're new to hiking.

We will hike to the Fire Tower and back. Trip will be several hours and strenuous but mostly just at the beginning and for the first hour or so. Wet trails may deter us, check back if in doubt. Snow or ice do not deter. Please check your computer beforehand.

Bring lunch, WATER and snacks. Dress in layers and NO COTTON please. You will want hat, gloves, perhaps long johns and snow pants. Fleece and wool will do you well. Bring your camera, and perhaps a change of shirt/shoes for afterwards. We will most likely go out afterwards but bring light lunch or heavy snacks....

Please bring basic first aid items. A first aid kit is just common sense for your own protection!! Hiking boots (or snow boots and spikes) mandatory, hiking poles suggested.

Meet at the Mount Beacon parking lot on 9D at the foot of the mountain. It is where the road curves at the bottom of the city of Beacon. It is well signed. Please check Google maps and punch in 268 Howland Ave, Beacon, NY. This is the closest address I can find. It is at the intersection of 9D and Howland Ave.

$2 Meetup fee unless it's your first event or over 50 events with me, in which case it's free. Please send me your cell for last minute changes, especially if weather is iffy. I will return mine to you. Please do NOT text me. Dogs welcome. You will need to sign a liability waiver to participate. ALL HIKES ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Happy trails!!!

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  • Bill M.

    Yesterday was a great get-together - made so by the group of folks who trekked together.

    January 26, 2014

  • Larry M

    Excellent hike with a great group of people‼️ thank you Cheryl‼️‼️

    January 25, 2014

    • Larry M

      My apologies, the cold must have affected my brain SHERYL a S not C

      January 25, 2014

  • Wally

    This turned a pretty crummy day into a great day.

    January 25, 2014

  • Cynthia

    Possibilities are endless when you are with friends! This was a special hike for me. I hiked for the first time in the snow and ice up Mount Beacon with my new crampons. Thank you!

    January 25, 2014

  • Sheryl

    Great hike on a miserable day, but a great day for those that braved the elements!! Thank you friends for a wonderful day. :-)

    January 25, 2014

  • Evelyn

    Wish you all a good time.

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately canceling, something's come up last minute. Hope you all enjoy yourselves. Looking forward to next time.

    January 25, 2014

  • Megumi

    Hi Sheryl, will you call me afterwards if you guys go out? I am doing Beacon to Sugarloaf and back starting earlier, so I would love to meet you afterwards if the timing works out.

    January 25, 2014

    • Megumi

      I ended up not doing the other hike, so I will join you!

      January 25, 2014

    • Sheryl

      Yay!!!!

      January 25, 2014

  • Mary

    wind chills in the single digits is a deal breaker for me...sorry to miss this one...hope you do it again in warmer weather!

    January 25, 2014

  • Louise F.

    Since I worked until midnight, I can't see myself getting up early to brave the elements. The views sound tempting, but it will have to be another time. Have fun everyone, see you all soon!

    January 25, 2014

  • Sheryl

    Hi All, Hope you survived Friday!! TGIF!!! From what I see on the Weather Channel and NOAA it doesn't look ugly to me yet, so I'm plowing ahead (get it?) and thinking I'm going to see the panoramic view from the fire tower tomorrow. Bundle up, it will be cold up there and windy!!! If you're properly dressed you'll be fine!!! I'll check again in the morning and make a call probably around 7 or earlier and post it if necessary. Feel free to call me if you want to complain, tell me a joke, or check on stuff after 7am. Looking forward to seeing you Dale, and everyone!! Hugs!!!

    January 24, 2014

  • Louise Leclerc M.

    With the extreme cold overnight, wind chill and possible snow tomorrow, it's already too ugly for me. Hopefully, it will warm up before our next hike.

    January 24, 2014

  • June A.

    Regardless of the weather, this will be a "game day" decision for me (just a football analogy - no games on Saturday!). I am feeling better but not 100% yet and climbing a big hill might not be a great idea. But I would do eats afterwards for sure. I'll keep an eye on whatever you decide, Sheryl!

    January 24, 2014

  • Dale H

    Sheryl, forecast is for cold, wind, snow showers, and VERY cold windchill. What constitutes "ugly"? I will probably do Beacon regardless. If you change the hike, would you let me (us) know where and when you plan on doing the post-hike festivities (beer!)? I would try to join you all there. Thanks.

    January 24, 2014

  • Sheryl

    Microspikes will be mandatory for this hike. If weather is ugly we will do Stewart as Plan B. Stay tuned!!

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plus 2 weather permitting

    January 23, 2014

  • Evelyn

    Sounds lovely.

    November 19, 2013

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