Ascent of South Beacon Mountain on 2018-08-02

Climber: Lori S

Date:Thursday, August 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Beacon Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1600 ft / 487 m

Ascent Trip Report

Goal was to hike to the Beacon Fire Tower. The parking area is very nice and has a kiosk with info and maps & two clean porta potties (it was early am and early pm, can't say how they'd be later in the day). Followed the red marked "Casino Trail." First, you'll see the remains of the former loading site of Mount Beacon Incline Railway then go up a series of large metal stairs along side the old railway. A bit further are some switchbacks then off to the right is an unmarked path that leads to the impressive remains of the powerhouse and gears from the railway. Nearby is the overlook where you can view the City of Beacon, Hudson Valley and Hudson Highlands and what I think it's the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Behind this overlook are the foundations of the Beaconcrest Hotel and Casino (dance hall) where you can see the fire tower in the distance. Continue along the red trail. There is a junction with three trails. Somehow I missed the red trail marker and ended up on North Mount Beacon instead of South Beacon. Backtracked to an overlook where I could see the tower which looked miles away. Found the trail with the red marker. Reset GPS for South Beacon. The red markers turn to white as you near the summit. Bear to the right and head up to the tower. Big views of again of City of Beacon, Hudson Valley and Hudson Highlands and possibly the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Lot of graffiti along the trail, on ruins, etc. That's just a shame but a very unique hike. The trail is very rocky. Recommend sturdy footwear.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Humid, that's why I said hot
Ascent Part of Trip: beacon

Complete Trip Sequence:
1North Beacon Mountain2018-08-02 
2South Beacon Mountain2018-08-02 

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