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Intermediate Hike: Mount Beacon - Casino & South Fire Tower

  • Aug 8, 2010 · 11:00 AM

Terrain: Intermediate/Strenuous, not a beginner hike
Distance: 4 miles
Pace: Relaxed/We decide the pace while enjoying the views
Welcome: All experienced hikers

The First 0.8 miles of this hike is very hard a very steep with 1000ft. elevation gain.

Mount Beacon is the second highest point in the Hudson Highlands. Depending on the map, it may be called Mount Beacon or Beacon Mountain . The mountain consists of two peaks. The northern peak is 1531ft and has a series of radio antennas on its summit. The higher southern peak is 1610ft and has a lookout tower on its summit.

On a clear day one can see the New York City skyline from the summit as well as views of the town of Beacon and the majority of the Highlands (including Storm King, Breakneck Ridge, and little Sugarloaf)


Interstate 84 in New York, get off at exit 11

Westbound, take a left, southbound, on to Route 9D, (North Ave)

Eastbound, take a right, southbound, on to Route 9D, (North Ave)

Follow Route 9D until you see Bob's Corner Store on the left. Turn left onto Howland Avenue. then immediately turn right into the parking area for Scenic Hudson's Gateway to Mount Beacon Park.

Parking area and trailhead are located at the intersection of Route 9D and Howland Avenue in the City of Beacon, New York.

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  • Moni H.

    Thank you all for coming out and enjoying Mt. Beacon. It was great to go at our own pace, rest at the Casino and Firetower plus enjoy the views. It is wonderful to get to know everyone a little bit more. Can't wait for the next event...

    August 16, 2010

  • Larry A

    Great hike. Felt a few rain drops at the top of the fire tower. Beacon is always a great destination,

    August 9, 2010

  • kevin

    It was the best hike of the year.

    August 9, 2010

  • Michael S.

    Vigorous uphill! Fun day.

    August 9, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a wonderful day of high adventure, full of good hiking, good company, good food and good laughs. The hike was at a perfect pace and there was ample time to enjoy the spectacular views.

    August 8, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike at a great pace with great people on a great day. I laughed all the way up Mt. Beacon. Fantastic food/beer/dessert at the piggy bank. 10 Stars!

    August 8, 2010

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