Sunrise on Beacon
Not a good hike for beginners!
Hiking Poles are helpful
Its 4 miles to the Beacon fire-tower and back.- steady pace all the way -We should be back in the parking lot by 7:30 AM.
Trail info for Beacon Fire-tower- We will be taking the steps from the Gateway park to the Red trail. The trail is 6 or 7 switchbacks up to the old casino with a very rewarding look out point where you can see sweeping views of the Hudson river and surrounding area.
Distance: 4 miles round trip
The First 0.8 miles of this hike is hard, and 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 morning we will see the NYC skyline lights 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).
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