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Casino (Red), Wilkenson Memorial (Yellow) and Fishkill Ridge (White) Trail Loop

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Mount Beacon Park

Casino (Red), Wilkenson Memorial (Yellow) and Fishkill Ridge (White) Trail Loop is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Beacon, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 1,791 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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This route starts at Mt. Beacon Park. It ascends for a while on the Casino Trail, then takes an unnamed trail (yellow) which cuts over to the Fishkill Ridge Trail (white), onto which you make a right turn. Shortly after you cross Dry Brook, you reach the base of Rainbow Falls (a cascade). Continue up the Fishkill Ridge Trail until it crosses a dirt utility road, shortly after which you turn right onto an unblazed woods road, which, in a little while, is joined from the right by an unnamed trail (blue). Turn right at the intersection with the Wilkinson Trail (yellow), which ascends to Scofield Ridge where there are periodic views, initially to east, but later to the south (including NYC). Where the Wilkinson Trail meets the Casino Trail (red), take a right turn onto the latter. In about 1/4 mile, turn left onto the Breakneck Ridge Trail (white), climbing up to the Beacon fire tower, with its incredible panoramic views. Take the old route of the Breakneck Trail down to the Casino Trail (red), onto which you turn left. Follow this trail past the ruins of the casino (great views to the NW) as well as the hoist machinery for the incline railroad, then continue down to your starting point at Mt. Beacon Park.

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Lizzle Schoenwitz
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Great hike! Nice views, well marked, steep in spots but definitely doable. It was a little longer than AllTrails has listed - I think we did closer to 8 miles total. Parking was easy at 10am on a Sunday and the trail was quiet after we passed the fire tower.

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Ali A.
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Hiking

Really great trail. Definitely do it counter-clockwise. Great views and the waterfall towards the end is pretty

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Rob Wunder
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Gabriela Hammond
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Yesha H
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Hiking

The first bit is quite a climb but there are various paths based on difficultly levels running parallely and if you want to make it more challenging, there are steeper trail paths. The tower view was our favourite on the trail. It can get quiet crowded so get there early!

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Angelo Konstantidelis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 13, 2020
HikingGreat!Scramble

Very challenging start but pretty smooth until the Yellow trail. Yellow can be very hard to follow since a lot of it is above the tree line and the path is very narrow but it was nicely flagged when I was there. Intersections also can be challenging as I missed the turn back into Red at the end and just completed it down white. Overall really fun and reward with some great views at Firetower, Yellow and waterfall at White. Please wear hiking shoes!

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Nicole Maguire
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First mile challenging!! Scattered scenic points throughout loop make it worth it

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Zachary Rosenblum
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Strenuous but rewarding hike with excellent views

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Nick De Tullio
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Great hike! Beautiful views of the Beacon Reserve from the fire tower. I recommend taking the loop clockwise so you start with the waterfall and end with the fire tower. One note, the length for this seems incorrect. Our recorded route was just over 8 miles.

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Rob Wunder
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C. G.
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Amirreza Gharoo
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Hiking

Started the trail counter clockwise on monday labor day at 2 pm. Definitely a difficult start but then very easy after that. My favorite part is the blue with waterfall. We were alone for most of the hike. We didn’t stop for rest very much and finished in 4 hours.

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Don Nedeau
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Kat Jensen
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Excellent hike! We did the loop counter-clockwise, highly recommend it. Ascending the steep and torn up Casino trail was demanding, but I'm glad we didn't have to take it down hill. The Casino trail was somewhat busy at 9am, but the remainder of the loop barely had any other hikers. As others point out, it's a little easy to miss some turns so definitely helps to download the map to follow.

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Chris Alconaba
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Hiking

Great hike. It is ranked "hard" so bare that in mind with whom you go with. My partner is an avid hiker so she was fine. Went counterclockwise to see the fire tower first. Follow the AllTrails map, as indicated and you'll be fine. You have service throughout all the hike. Mine ended up being 7 miles instead of 5.9. Not sure how though.

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Sara Shin
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Hiking

We started the hike just after 8am on labor day to avoid the crowds. There were only a handful of hikers in the morning but it was verrry crowded (just after the staircase) as we were finishing up at 11:30. Took the trail counterclockwise and enjoyed the easy ascent after the fire tower. You'll be rewarded with a few unobstructed viewpoints at the top, followed by a gradual climb down. Little sun exposure. I found the trail to be well marked but ran into a few sections where the alltrails app came in handy. Would hike this trail again!

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Shannon Smith
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We did the trail counter clockwise, Casino (red) first. I was happy we went this way. First mile or so was steep elevation gain, so we got the tough heart pumping stuff done first. A few nice view points with lake, reservoir, and river. And a nice little creek waterfall. I would say this was more moderate. We went on a holiday weekend but were still able to park easily. Casino trail was crowded, but not bad after that.

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Becca Chapman
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Not too crowded. Other hikers were very polite. Small waterfall on the way up and great views!

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Karina Quinones
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Hiking

Hard but fun! decline was brutal. W e did it clockwise and it was definitely a great choice. Wear good hiking boots and take a water pack.

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Gissele Cardenas
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Paul Huettner
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Hiking

Definitely go counter clockwise. Great waterfall and views!!

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Sterling Leal
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Hiking

Amazing hike under 5 hours! a very steep beginning and the lines through the whole trail and follow the map on AllTrails to get through it all but a great experience overall!

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Amanda Amthor
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HikingGreat!

On of favorite trails so far, leading to the fire tower! Challenging at times, but with a variety of views. I did the trail clockwise and highly recommend it, although most people were doing the loop counterclockwise. When doing it clockwise, once you hit the fire tower it’s a quick, 1hr decline. I also highly recommend recoding the hike on the app as a lot of it is poorly marked.

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mega ho
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Hiking

It was awesome. I’m so proud of myself! I never would’ve made it without the app. Trails aren’t marked well. Very confusing without this.

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Keri Cee
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Hiking

Really excellent workout. Took the trail counter clockwise and was happy I did. At one point while following White my map suggested I stay on a trail without markers. I followed gps and it was fine but just wanted to note that. Fire tower was not crowded on a weekday around 1pm. Did about seven miles under four hours.

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wy bo
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 24, 2020
Hiking

Hiked this trail going clockwise. Definitely a harder hike. We traveled slowly and finished it in just under 5 hours. We stayed to the whole loop and clocked closer to 8.5 or 9 miles only go off trail for a little. The first 3/4ths up the yellow, white, unmarked, blue, and then yellow are really fun. Lots of great periodic views and a good looking waterfall. However, it can get a bit confusing when it comes to the unmarked trail. It looks like a dried river bed and is just barely after the dirt road. You follow the white for just a little then you’ll see it on your right. The last part on the red trail is only ok. The fire tower is really cool. Waking down from it though on the red is really rough. It’s the busiest part, and unfortunately the trail has been torn up from mountain bikers and ATVs. It really ruins the nature and feels dangerous to have those zipping around while you hike. Anyways you walk down for a while and boom your back. Overall a great hike I just wish off road vehicles weren’t allowed.

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Rob Doran
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Hiking

Pretty solid. The hike to the top is very steep and a nice view of the Hudson. The rest of the hike is mostly unremarkable with a few other view points.

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