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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 running.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 1,889 ft Route type Point to Point
Hiking Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wildlife Muddy Scramble Historic site
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Getting There

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.

The Cold Spring station is serviced by the Metro-North Hudson line and trains stop their hourly off-peak and every 35 minutes during peak weekday service. On weekends, trains arrive at Cold Spring every hour.

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Tori Mirian
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We went from the Cold Spring train station to the Beacon station, adding in Breakneck Ridge for an extra challenge. 10.6 miles total. It was a fun hike, and challenging in parts but rewarding. We hiked with our dog, who needed a lift once or twice but also enjoyed jumping up the rocks. However, once we started the descent from the fire tower, there were 5 ATVs that kept ripping up and down the trail the rest of the way. We had to move out of the way, off the trail, multiple times in order to not get hit. We had no idea that ATVs were allowed here, so just be aware of that.

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Keith Driscoll
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Alex Choi
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This is my all time favorite hike in the NY area. The views of the Hudson as you climb up toward the beacon fire tower are unreal. It’s a 10 mile through hike town to town, metro north to metro north. and you get a break from the crowds who are almost all doing the bull loops by cold spring or up the fire tower by beacon.

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Angie McAllister
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Challenging in some places, but delightful!

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Chris D
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Poorly marked! Still a good challenge

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Samantha Nicks
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I hiked this trail with my dog and we absolutely loved it. We started in Cold Spring and had the trail to ourselves until we got to the fire tower. The end of the trail to Beacon from Mount Beacon was very crowded and rocky, but I am glad the first 3/4 of the trail was quiet and peaceful! I would highly recommend this for someone looking for a long, beautiful hike through the Hudson Highlands!

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ethan ozelius
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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.

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Ian BK
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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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Jen Kruk
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Maxime Betty
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Vee Eason
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Charles Sclafani
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Alex Victor
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Ignas Kukenys
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Alan Twaddle
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Luke Kosar
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Fjola M
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Natasha Scully
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Terence Fox
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