Mount Beacon Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beacon, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We took the red to the yellow and went up to the top of the falls. Great place to sit and relax for the afternoon. Trail wasn't that crowded on the way up or back. Gorgeous scenery and looking forward to hiking it again in some summer heat and cooling off in the small pools in the falls.
Yellow is a good trail up. There are some gorgeous falls and it's generally less crowded. Red is a joke of a trail unless you're a family or unaccustomed to hiking—the trail is about 20 feet wide in most places, although it does provide the most direct route to the fire tower. Don't forget the turnoff from white to blue if you're doing the loop—the white will add an extra few miles to an already fairly long hike. Took us 4 hours.
Overall a fun, interesting loop with many ups and downs. I would highly recommend going clockwise, ascending the yellow trail. First of all, you will share the hideous red trail going up with many dozens of others if you choose that direction on a weekend, while having the attractive(after the first mile) yellow trail practically all to yourself. There are cascading streams as you head up the yellow which would be at your back on a descent. Plus, the red may just be the ugliest mountain trail I've ever been on and much easier on the eyes going down, which will only take an hour or so from Beacon after the quiet, much longer yellow loop up. The red trail is completely eroded with the same grade the entire way, and 20 ft wide at spots. The only payoff is the ruins which you can get on the descent. The ruins also bring multitudes of non-hikers up the red trail, even in the late afternoon. I couldn't get off it fast enough. Awesome views from South Beacon, but expect to see a party up there on the weekends as well, due to the short red trail ascent from a populated area, and that it shares a destination with the most popular trail in the northeast, Breakneck Ridge. Added extra mileage by hitting Lambs Hill on the loop. One note: there is an unmarked trail connection right after the road on the yellow trail ascent, which you can blow right past like I did if your only looking for trail junctions.
This was my first hike on Mt. Beacon. Took the Red, Mt Beacon Trail up to the Wheelhouse and Casino Remains.
I'll travel further up the trail next time.
This isn't a hike, this is a rock scramble and I do not suggest dogs doing a rock scramble. One wrong move or slip and buh-bye Fido! We got so severely lost. Once past the scramble, poorly marked. Got lost. Unless you know the trail, don't go until you're sure!!
Found the parking easily. And got right on the hike. It was a clear beautiful day. Perfect for a hike. The overall difficulty I would say is closer to strenuous than moderate. Since it had rained the past couple days the terrain was quite muddy and thus slippery but manageable. The highlight for me was once I got over to the trails around the southern peak. More traditional trail hiking. And a lot of frequent ascending and descending. Went up the fire tower. You could see forever. Overall a nice hike. 5.7miles total for me
This trail marker sequence you need to follow is: red, white, yellow, blue, white, yellow. Don't miss the blue turnoff! If you want a longer version, skip the blue turnoff and stay on yellow, veering left onto white at the intersection of yellow and white. This takes you over to Bald HIll and Lambs Hill. The white eventually meets back up where you would connect from blue to white if you were to stay on the original loop. The longer option gives you around 12 miles.
It's a great hike with some great views of Beacon. However, it's hard to find a parking spot. Other than that it's a great hike. I highly recommend going to the fire tower.
This was a great hike. Get off of the red trail and take the yellow and white. Right now there's some great frozen falls. Bring your micro spikes though; the trails are a little icy and slippery, and they make all the difference in the world.
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..
took 4.5 hours at a moderate/fast pace. Great hike with amazing views, especially from the tower. some of the views on the far end of the yellow are excellent.Trails were well marked. the only time I had trouble was when you are descending on the yellow trail. you come across a blue trail that goes up and an unmarked washout looking trail. take the washout trail and within minutes you should see the brook and you will get onto the white trail. definatly dress in layers as well. the wind is crazy at the top of the towers.