Explore the most popular views 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.

I loved this hike! I'm an asthmatic and I forgot my inhaler, so I had to take frequent stops, but the view from the top was completely worth it. Absolutely breathtaking!

That good hiking place

I loved it, it was a bit of a workout during the scambles but it's definitely an experience that I would repeat. I can see myself coming here once a week to get a good sweat with a reward at the top. I did the white trail to the red and then to the yellow which leads back to the highway. Alot of fun..

Love this hike...had a Thursday off so I made sure I headed to Breakneck to avoid the throngs of people that show up on the weekend. Always fun scrambling up the trail...never gets old. Took the white Breakneck trail to the blue Notch trail to the red Brook trail...out within 3 hrs including a 20 break to enjoy the view.

hiking
4 days ago

The scramble is challenging but it’s an amazing experience. There were dogs on the trail too. I loved it and would recommend it to eve looking for a challenge.
My friends and I took our time and finished in approximately 4 hrs

My brother an I came up with the name "millennial mountain" because this popular day hike is frequented by hundred of like-minded millennials: those escaping the city/metropolis in search of a challenge. This hike definitely offers a good physical challenge with its over 1000 vertical feet. In the last several months the trail signs have improved drastically thanks to NY-NJ Trail Conference volunteers.

hiking
5 days ago

Good hike that’s accessible from NYC by train. I’m a decently fit 20-something and found the hike up to be challenging. Nice views but very busy - you won’t be the only one on this hike during the summer. We only went to the fire tower, and we were briefly turned around when trail markers disappeared. Pay attention to the path, and make sure you hook back in to the red trail on the way back from the tower! If all else fails, there is service and the trail is marked on Maps.

Tough hike on hot humid day

Beautiful hike! The ascent is hard but doable. Although the trail is busy on the weekends, it makes it easier for newer hikers to learn the footfalls and how to climb. It’s a good 2.5-3 hours with stops along the way to take in the beautiful views!

HVH hike surperb morning clear - low humidity-a winner all the way

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful views. Really good exercise. Well traveled. Good times!!

walking
11 days ago

One of my favorite hikes because it’s a hard hike that is super close to the city. The first hour and half is very hard; rock scramble on hands and knees for the first hour. If you are short like myself, having your knees covers w a compression or long pants could help. It was about 100 degrees on the 4th of July so I only wore shorts and my knees were banged up. Bring A LOT of water and sunblock if it’s over 85 degrees - the first hour you’ll be fully exposed to the sun with very little shade.

rock climbing
11 days ago

very nice and worth it!

My favorite hike near NYC. It’s a fun scramble up, then easy walk from there. This is more moderate than hard. Bring water with you — there’s no opportunity to fill up. Wear real shoes, especially during fall and spring when it’s muddy. Parking can be annoying, so get there early. Enjoy!

hiking
12 days ago

This was my first time trying this Trail, and OMG! Be prepared to for very nice incline to get your heart rate going! The incline in the beginning of this hike is the reasons I’ve ranked this hike a fairly difficulty rating of 5 stars. If you can get past the first 30-40 minutes or so, though, this hike becomes more of a stroll, with amazing views in all directions.

I highly recommend this hike, for everyone.

hiking
13 days ago

Love the rock scrambling. The way down is pretty steep. Proper foot wear is very highly recommended.

The first part of the trail is a steep ascent and will involve a lot of climbing on all fours. The walk down is undergoing some development and has some nice steps. The trail is marked relatively well, but not perfectly. There are no water fountains at the entry, so make sure to bring lots of water. In general, avoid doing this trail when it's hot, because the climb up will be quite unpleasant. The views from the climb are stunning.

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing reward at the top! Gorgeous views!! Nice, challenging climb and fairly easy decent. Highly recommend!

My girlfriend and I did this hike. Keep a close eye at the various trail crossings to stay on course (as you’re mixing up different routes) but it’s a great mix of moderate and some hard hiking. By the time you get past the red trail you won’t see too many people. You’ll feel like you did a proper day hike!

Note for the 1st timers: White trail is 1 way and it's for climbing. Its pretty steep. Found couple of places difficult to climb with little hand grip. Proper shoes and helmet are must. Carry enough water bottles (1L). Better if you have a company. Trails: (Parking->white->red->yellow->back)

hiking
24 days ago

This hike was great, not too long and pretty steep. The views aren’t bad either. For being a train-accessible hike from the city, it wasn’t crowded at all! Unfortunate graffiti on the trail but overall nothing to complain about!

Difficult but worth it once completed!

hiking
27 days ago

This trail was beyond awesome! We did this past Saturday. Lots of climbing and breathtaking views. The people were amazing which kept the trail relaxing.
I highly recommend this trail for exprinced hikers. I brought my pup and he was fine but we hike all the time and he has proper gear.
Bring lots of water, food, bug spray and sunscreen. Oh, and I a hat! I wish I brought one!!
Honestly, even if you have to stop and take a break there are spot where you can go off to the side and take a breather, without being in anyone's way.
Yes, I hike all the time but I'm a bit of a chuncky monkey and I made it all the way through.

Nice place to train for vertical races

Steep but fun scrambling. Tough on the knees on the way down. Leave you hiking poles at home for this one

Rock climbing type of course, very challenging but beautiful with views!

Hard hike in the beginning. Go up in elevation quickly, but it is well worth it. Great views of the Hudson River Valley, streams, small waterfalls, and an abandoned estate at the end. 3-4 hours of adventure

backpacking
1 month ago

Good workout!!!! Gradual incline the first 2/3 the last 3rd is toughest part. Take your time going down I think going down the trail is more treacherous.

I’m a novice hiker and Mt. Beacon was my first hike ever... since trying it a few years ago I’ve been on other hikes and I never considered Mt. Beacon to be hard. It’s a moderate hike up the rocks but you don’t need to use all 4 like in a more challenging hikes.

rock climbing
1 month ago

What a workout! love it.

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