DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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9 days ago

The terrain is my favorite kind: relatively neat, varied throughout, and steep for long stretches. That combined with several beautiful lookout points, ruins and structures to climb and explore, the gorgeous lake views, and the feeling of being both far away from the city sounds yet connected to those who climbed before me (the signatures in the fire tower were a nice touch) make this my favorite NY trail I’ve hiked so far.

To elaborate on the terrain: dry weather made for a tolerable amount of mud, and the trail has a scarcity of disruptive tree roots, manageable rock-stepping, and a good mix of thick woods, open spaces, rocky ground, grassy ground, and dirt ground.

Weather conditions were amazing, high 70s and slightly breezy.

Thursday morning-afternoon in May = low traffic :)

Completed 5/24/18:
Downtown Beacon to Casino Trail to Breakneck Ridge Trail to Fire Tower, and back.
Took a sun-soaked break at the casino ruins and a photo break at the fire tower.