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I hike just about every weekend and hikes don't get much better than this. It has tough climbs, beautiful views. and scrambling which lead to some heart pounding excitement. The trail is steep and dangerous in some spots. You have to be in shape to complete this hike not just because of the elevation gain, but at times you have to lift yourself up to the next rock because the only way to move forward is to climb. It was busy in February with snow on the ground so I could only imagine how busy it is in the summer.
So this is a very satisfying hike and the views are stunning on the initial climb up from the trail head..BUT...be forwarned...there should be 2 more ratings above hard for this trail as it is VERY hard and difficult especially when we went due to the snow and ice still on the rocks.
I would say this is more of a rock climbing expedition VS a hike. At a couple of points I was actually stuck on ice and concerned for my safety. There is a lot of traffic on the trail even in February during the quiet season. I took a dog but it was quit a bit of work and he frequently had to be lifted and set up on rocks during the Ascent.
The way down was not much faster and luckily there are signs pointing out ways to an easier descent.
So in closing though I highly recommend this trail and in no way want to discourage people but do be aware it is a work out. I am 53 years old and didn't see one other person close to our age on the trail. It was definenelty a young crowd and at the end of the day knew I had accomplished something. I would do it again but I would not brring a pet especially if there is snow or ice on the trail.
I decided to bring along my good friend for his very first hike to Mount Beacon. Once we got up to the summit I decided to bring him over to the fire tower. Awesome hike up their! It was my second time and it doesn't get boring only better. I will say that it was kind of challenging due to the fact that there was a lot of ice and snow pack so it took almost twice the time to get up to the top, but once their it was well worth it the views are spectacular..! On a clear day you can see the NYC skyline 90 miles due south...
Although no motor vehicles are allowed we did run into a group of four wheel drivers with their Jeep Cherokee's at the summit and one or two ATVs. There were quite a bit of hikers up there and you do meet a lot of friendly people that are willing to help if you're not sure.
I do want to say thank you to Katie for giving me the heads up on certain landmarks and also for filling me in on this All Trails app.. thanks Katie..
Awesome trail kinda tough in January with all the ice and snow, your working your body double and takes much longer to do especially going up to the fire tower need to take some precautions, poles and boot cleats are almost a must in these conditions but once you get up to the summit what awesome views..