Mount Beacon - Fire Tower
Duration: 3-5 Hours
Reservoir Route: 5.2 Miles
Scofield Ridge: 6.7 Miles
Ridge & Reservoir: 7.6 Miles
Elevation: Up to 2,000 Feet
This challenging loop hike, located in the Northern section of the East Hudson Highlands, features a waterfall, mountain top views and a fire tower. The terrain is steep, rocky, and sure to provide a good workout.
The hike begins to climb on stairs right from the parking lot, at first following the old tracks where an incline railway used to ascend the mountain from the city of Beacon to a mountaintop casino from 1902-1975.
After some climbing, we'll pass Dry Brook Falls, and continue our ascent with many views along the way. Depending on route selection, we'll hike along Scofield Ridge or the Reservoir before our last climb up South Beacon Mountain to the fire tower.
Easier said than done, we'll have gained about 2,000 feet before the day is over, however the panoramic views provide the ultimate reward. The fire tower is a great spot to rest and enjoy the scenery. For night hikes, we will try to reach this spot for sunset and then begin our descent in the twilight.
It's all downhill from here, following the Casino Trail past the site of the old casino and ruins of the building that once housed the railway's motors and pulleys. The trail down is steep rocky terrain with loose gravel, but has some switchbacks to help with the descent.
Mount Beacon has a large trail system, popular among hikers and also off-road enthusiasts. The combination of hiking trails and woods roads provide options throughout this hike to shorten or extend the route as we go.
Meeting Location: Mt. Beacon Park
Scenic Hudson Parking Lot
788 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY 12508
Guided Day Hikes Include:
What to Bring:
There may be limited cell phone service at this location.
*Return times are best estimates, and can vary based on the speed and fitness level of the group.*