Explore the most popular hiking trails near Beacon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The trail itself is awesome, especially the first 1.5 miles. But the crowds are out of control.

This is a very nice trail but I agree with the reviewer before me that is was difficult to find the un-marked trail down. So much so - I couldn’t find it with the lack of leaves and vegetation. So had to walk all the way back and I was not planning for such a long hike.

Otherwise it’s a very nice hike with some great view spots and not a ton of people like some of the surrounding peaks.

If you’re heavy or out of shape this will be a difficult hike for you. The first 1.25 mile is a 75 degree rock scramble where you are literally on your fours the entire time. It’s exhilarating if you’re a regular hiker. I hiked all the way up to the fire tower on the white trail & it is totally worth it.

Do not come back on the yellow trail - that adds another 6 mile to your hike most of it downhill.

Great hike on a beautiful fall day. Start early to avoid the crowds. This one is some work, but the views are well worth it.

Great workout. Did the trail to the tower and back on the yellow trail. 10 miles, but so worth it. Was a gorgeous day. From the top of breakneck to the fire tower I did not come across any other people, but I did start at 7:40. The yellow trail coming back was quite wet from all the rain we had, but very pretty with the fall colors and the running streams. This was my first time doing the yellow trail on this side of the mountain and I had to back track a few times to find the yellow markers and use my GPS. So if this is your first time, be on the lookout for yellow markers. Well worth it, but it's quite a workout.

Just did this hike. It was awesome definitely the right amount of challenge with great views along the way. The way up is the perfect amount of incline, but is a little congested with people going to see the fire tower and come back down. Once you go into yellow/white/blue territory you barely see other hikers.
In doing that loop we got lost a few times (we are seasoned hikers). As mentioned in other comments, where the blue and the yellow meet it is very confusing and if you follow the blue you will be taking yourself off of the trail entirely. You need to follow the stream down on unmarked trail until you intersect with white (at a very obviously paved intersection) which will then take you to yellow again to get down.

Worth doing again and again and again.

Breathtaking hike. Except that it’s no joke. It’s as hard as it gets with great rewarding views! You might think you are done but it is a long stretch of rock scrambling. I did the white trail and then red trail which then led to a waterfall immediately after which there was the yellow trail.

Love LOVE this trail. Such a great workout. Can be very difficult if your are not used to resistance or using your knees, pulling yourself up. The views up here are breath taking. I enjoy it mostly in the fall. The best part is visiting silver spoon for an amazing meal in cold springs

A short (about an hour one way) but steep hike! It gets pretty intense at times but the views up top are great. There are a lot of nice places to sit and look out. We got a bit lost on the way down so make sure you are always looking for the trail markers. Overall enjoyed the views and a nice burst of activity.

Had an awesome time. The white trail is a rock climbing at first, very challenging but for me it felt easy and fun. My first hike and out of shape but enjoyed it and I lead the way al the time :), it can be done!! Trail is well marked and easy to follow, even after a rainy day the hike was great and fun!! Views were breathtaking and will do it again and again! Fall views are amazing!!! Loved it!!

Amazing low/medium-difficulty trail. Super rewarding waterfall and forest views. Really well marked.

Breakneck more than deserves its positive reputation. The trail is extremely well marked and its accessibility via public transportation is amazing. It can be more or less challenging depending on the routes you pick, and while some hiking experience would be helpful, I think most moderately fit people could do it with ease. Definitely wear shoes with a good tread too, especially if you go in the fall when the leaves are down. Overall an awesome hike!

Still one of my favorite day hikes in the area.

Some really great views! Hell of a climb up and down though. I've done it twice so far. 100% wanna go again.

Lots of rock scrambling and the views are completely spectacular. One of the best hikes in the NY area.

hiking
25 days ago

Fun trail! The first part is difficult and requires bouldering up the mountain, definitely have to be in decent shape to do this. I'm don't usual bolder and it took me little over an hour to get to the top. Coming down Notch Trail is moderate and the final leg of Brook Trail is easy. You'll come across multiple ruins toward the end of this loop and it's a lot of fun to explore and makes for some great photo ops!

We started from the Mt. Beacon park parking lot walked along the waterfall said and followed. It was amazing view, we really enjoyed it. But we got lost when we connected the blue to yellow. So we decided to get back to where we started but again. We ended up to the small parking lot.

Great, generally lightly traveled route to the casino and fire tower

It was amazing experience.

I like the trail. Challenging with great views. Just head out early as it’s very popular and can get crowded

awesome steep climb. Only bring your dog is he's a good climber. One of my favorite hikes!!

Great hike. Challenging. Be in shape!

Map indicates going up and returning on the white trail. Best to return on the yellow trail. Trail maps were available at the start of the trail, just before the car tunnel.

It is a little strenuous but the views are amazing. The fall colors are just starting and in about two weeks, it will be wonderful! It was a beauty day for hiking today. There were so many people on the mountain, it was unbelievable!

This is a loop for the entire length of the Breakneck Ridge Trail, as it goes from the trailhead on NY Route 9D all the way to the Beacon Fire Tower. The return section follows a number of other trails as a somewhat less exhausting way back to your starting point

hiking
1 month ago

Some trails intersect with other trails, which can get confusing. Otherwise an amazing and beautiful hike. While it can be tempting to just hit the overlook, doing this entire loop is well worth it!

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