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Mount Beacon South Summit

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Trail

2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer out and back
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,028' 313 m
Descent: -1,027' -313 m
High: 1,213' 370 m
Low: 214' 65 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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Trail shared by Brian Monetti

1000' elevation gain over 1 mile with great views of the Hudson Valley at the top

Brian Monetti

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Overview

A relatively steep short hike. The views from the top can't be beat, and the broken remains of the railroad buildings shouldn't be missed. The trail can be pretty eroded in some sections, so watch your footing.

Description

Start at the Mount Beacon pullout, next to the General Store. From the obvious trailhead, hike uphill on the well-defined trail. Take the metal stairs alongside the broken-down railroad, and follow the red trail markers through the switchbacks to the south summit.

At the top of the trail are the remains of the old casino and hotel, and the remains of the Mount Beacon Incline Railway. Great views of the Hudson Valley.

History & Background

You can learn about the hotel, casino, and railway here.

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Photos

View of the Hudson and Beacon from the railway machine room at the south summit.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY
Experience an awesome viewpoint from the casino ruins.
Jun 26, 2017 near Beacon, NY
Remnants of the railway.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY
Now THIS is sustainable trail.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY
Heading up Mt. Beacon.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY
After the gravel path from the parking area is this steel staircase. Upon reaching the top, get ready for a steep trail!
Jun 26, 2017 near Beacon, NY

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