Mount Beacon Trail

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Mount Beacon Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beacon, New York that features a waterfall 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.

DISTANCE
8.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

2 months ago

it's a well balanced hike with less crowd than neighbouring Breakneck Ridge.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this loop backwards intentionally. Started heading north and then looped back south to reach the fire tower and casino ruins.

This was an 8 mile hike.

The waterfall was a sight first thing in the morning. The panorama shot looking south toward the fire tower was a heck of a vista as well.

The fire tower and the casino ruins themselves were a bit unremarkable if I’m being honest.

The crowds of day-trippers roaming around the Beacon overlook made me feel out of place after spending the previous 7 hours immersed in nature.

Call me a purist, but it was too much juxtaposition for me.

Anyways, I recommend 7 out of 10.

3 months ago

Beautiful season

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing first hike. Can’t believe I went for a hard one. All the way to the top. Beautiful. Exhilarating

hiking
3 months ago

-The map is a bit off. The whole loop is actually around 7 miles.
-I recommend going early so you have some time to take pictures, especially in the fire tower.
-The hardest part is the beginning stretch before the firetower, everything gets easier after that.
- Wear long pants! The trail is covered by overgrown plants (yellow trail) so if you are wearing shorts, you will get scratched up
-There will be some steep sections but you get time to catch your breathe afterwards.
-Highly recommend, firetower was very cool and you get to see some random vehicle parts (weird) toward the end and then a waterfall in the end.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep with loose gravel. Great views, but a little crowded on the weekends. Well marked and easy to follow the markers.

hiking
4 months ago

Hard the first climb untill the flags, after that you are already warmed up!!!

hiking
4 months ago

If your looking for huge crowds, littered trails, inexperienced hikers that cut switchbacks.... this might be enjoyable for you.

4 months ago

Great views! Some rock scrambling to keep it interesting! Yellow and white trails were less crowded than the red trail. The waterfall was a NICE surprise! Highly recommend this hike. Almost 9 miles with the water tower.

It's pretty intense, but worth the view

It's pretty intense, but worth the view

hiking
5 months ago

Please ensure that you enlarge the map. I did the 8.5mile and had a printed map from alltrails website which was not enlarged and that just has the transition over to yellow instead of white. The white portion of this trail is not on the map unless you enlarge the map to see.

5 months ago

This was a great and strenuous hike. The view from a top the fire tower was great.

5 months ago

steep...

5 months ago

So amazing...

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing

6 months ago

Nice views, but be cautious of the loose rocks

6 months ago

Great trail. The first half is somewhat steep uphill and then it gets a lot easier after the wheel house. Fantastic views from halfway up and again at the top.

6 months ago

Difficult hike, but well worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely was disappointed with this trail after reading the rave reviews. The waterfall along the yellow trail was awesome, don't get me wrong - but after that it was a good stretch of trekking without anything noteworthy to check out. Pay close attention to the map on AllTrails, real easy to go off-track. Would I do it again? Probably not - would stick to the Fire Tower Trail instead.

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