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Casino Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,226' 374 m
Descent: -17' -5 m
High: 1,427' 435 m
Low: 218' 67 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)

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Trail shared by John Maurizi

This steep trail travels to the ruins of an old Casino and great views of the Hudson River and Beacon, New York.

John Maurizi

Features Fall Colors · Views

Description

While traveling primarily through Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve, this trail actually starts from Mount Beacon Park. If you can, try to hit this trail on a weekday, as it gets incredibly busy on the weekends.

From the start, follow a nice gravel path to a metal staircase. After this, the trail gets steep and rocky. While it's very wide, it's no longer a road due to erosion. There are many trails leading up the steep ridge, but the park service has done a poor job designating which trail for you to take. If you're afraid of getting lost, be sure to follow the red blazes, and bring the Hiking Project mobile app with you to quell any concerns.

Once you arrive at the old casino, be sure to take time to check out the ruins. Much of what is remaining is a foundation, but the old cable house has walls intact and is interesting to photograph. Be aware: this is a very large viewpoint with many people, so you might have to wait patiently for your chance to take a nice photo.

Most people turn back from the viewpoint unless you are making a loop through the park. If so, continue up the Casino Trail to reach the Wilkinson Memorial Trail and a variety of loop options.

Flora & Fauna

Visit this area in the autumn to see the hills erupt in fiery fall color.

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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
The Casino Trail ends into the Wilkinson Memorial Trail at this spot.
Jun 26, 2017 near Beacon, NY
Some runners climb South Beacon Mountain Fire Tower
Apr 23, 2015 near Beacon, NY
Remnants of the railway.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY
Now THIS is sustainable trail.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY

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