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Rails-To-Trails-To-­Ales Beacon Fire Tower Sunset

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  • Mount Beacon Fire Tower

    9D, Beacon, NY (map)

    41.484592 -73.968971

  • Meet at Grand Central, 11:30 AM by the Clock at the Information Booth
  • Join us as we hike up the to the casino ruins, then on to the Firetower at the top of Mt. Beacon for a beautiful sunset. We will watch the sun drop below the horizon, then hike back in the twilight and eventual total dark to the trailhead. The two viewpoints at these spots are some of the prettiest in the Hudson Valley highlands. The hike will be a combination of urban walk through Beacon (4 total miles roundtrip), then up the Casino Trail (marked Red, 5 miles total roundtrip). We will return the same way IN DARKNESS and finish with optional visits to a brew pub, wine bar, Irish pub, and a garage-based whiskey distillery in the hip town of Beacon. Others are welcome to get food or stroll through the very hip town. There is some 1600 feet of elevation gain, so hiking boots or robust sneakers are required, as well as your own water, flashlight, and snacks. Dress appropriately for the cold weather. Approximately 9 miles total, 2-3 of which are a steep climb. This is for experienced hikers and strong beginners. We are RETURNING IN THE DARK, which makes it difficult to track downward on the slippery rock-strewn trail.  Heavy rain cancels. We will meet at the big clock (Information Center) in Grand Central at 11:30 am for the 11:43 am train to Beacon, or at the Beacon Metro North station at 1:11 pm. To join, you must email Patrick at [masked].

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  • elle

    Hmm, interesting. What time do you estimate you'll finish with the hike?

    1 · 3 days ago

    • Patrick J.

      Hi Elle, we should be off the trailhead and back to Beacon by 7:00 pm, where we'll be hitting some of the good nightspots. I won't rush the hike, but folks can head out anytime we get back into town. Thanks !

      2 days ago

    • elle

      Okay. Thanks. Tempting but I'm still worried about the dark part. I'll think about it.

      1 · 2 days ago

  • Andrew

    this is a good one, wish I could do though camping in PA with a BSA time..enjoy

    1 · 3 days ago

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  • Patrick J.
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    AMC member since 2010. I've mostly done Hudson Valley hikes and a couple of hut stays with this... more

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