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Mount Beacon South Summit

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

63%

Runnable

1,213' 370 m

High

214' 65 m

Low

1,028' 313 m

Up

1,027' 313 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Overview

A relatively steep short run. 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.

Runner Notes

Very rocky in some sections.

Description

Start at the Mount Beacon pullout, next to the General Store. From the obvious trailhead, run 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.

Shared By:

Brian Monetti

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  3.4 from 8 votes

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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
Remnants of the railway.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY
Now THIS is sustainable trail.
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
Heading up Mt. Beacon.
May 6, 2015 near Beacon, NY
Experience an awesome viewpoint from the casino ruins.
Jun 26, 2017 near Beacon, NY

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