Cold Spring to Beacon

MODERATE 8 reviews

Cold Spring to Beacon is a 7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,889 feet Route Type: Point to Point










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This point-to-point hike is designed for people without a car accessing the Hudson Highlands via the Metro-North railroad and features a straightforward route from the trailhead in Cold Spring to the base of Mount Beacon, which is only a 1.75 mi walk (or 15 minute bus ride) through the town of Beacon to the next Metro-North train station. The route begins with a gentle ascent along the easily navigable Cornish Trail, before ascending the Notch Trail to the less trafficked end of Breakneck Ridge. The trail features few technical challenges, with only one section of rock scramble near the south-southwest face of Beacon Mountain. The descent into Beacon is along the relatively steep Casino Trail, allowing vistas from the went-northwest slopes of North Beacon Mountain without the sometimes grueling uphill journey. This route also allows hikers to visit some of the more interesting locations throughout the Highlands Park, including the Cornish Estate ruins, Sunset Point lookout, Squirrel Hollow, and the fire tower at South Beacon (the highest point in the Hudson Highlands at 1,610 feet) and the Casino lookout; while avoiding some of the busier sections of Breakneck Ridge and without relying on the Breakneck Ridge Metro-North rail stop, which receives limited service. The trail can be completed year round as a day hike, but caution should be exercised in snow, icy or muddy conditions.

Great trail for a day trip out of NYC. The trains run about every hour to and from Grand Central. One particularly nice part about this hike is the towns that you start and end in are both friendly with significant main streets for coffee before and food after. The hike isn't too tough, but definitely not easy, with just a bit of steep scrambling toward the top of beacon Mt.

9 months ago

Started in Cold Spring a little later than anticipated, but we were able to arrive at South Beacon by sunset while traveling at a leisurely pace and taking our time to stop at the Cornish Estate ruins, the views of Lake Surprise from the Breakneck Ridge trail, sunset point, and the fire tower. Conditions were warm for December, especially while moving, and most of us didn't need more than a t-shirt or hoodie to be comfortable. We watched the sun set from the fire tower, ate a quick meal, and bundled up because it had started to get very windy. We paused at the Casino overlook at dusk and once it was fully night, descended the Casino Trail into Beacon for a warm meal at a pub just a few minutes from the trailhead.

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