Ascent of South Beacon Mountain on 2013-11-02

Climber: Matthew Martinez

Others in Party:Harrison Young
Date:Saturday, November 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Beacon Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1600 ft / 487 m

Ascent Trip Report

We took the 8:43a Metro North train to the Breakneck Ridge "station" and set off up the Breakneck Ridge trail (white blazes) behind a line of like 1000 Wally-Weekenders at around 10:15a. We passed much of the herd on the steep ascent and once we were over the second hump (past the Undercliff Trail turnoff) it got a lot better (in terms of not seeing anyone hiking in jeans). We followed the white blazes all the way to Devil's Ladder (an appropriate name for sure) and then up to the fire tower on top of South Beacon Mountain at around 1:00p. After some pictures from the top of the tower (and some time to enjoy the nice breeze up there!) we ate our lunch and headed back down at around 1:30p.

After coming down Devil's Ladder we took the Wilkinson Memorial trail (yellow blazes) back to the train "station". It started to rain while we were making our way back, making the trail fairly slippery in the places where there was a lot of bare rock and/or lots of fallen leaves. We made it back to the stop around 3:30p, with plenty of time to spare before catching the 4:13p train back to the city. All in all a great, strenuous little hike. Even though there were (and will always be) a lot of people out on the trails, it is nice to know a good hike is so easily accessible from the city.

P.S. If you come back that way, you may get to the Breakneck Ridge station early enough to sit on the platform and wait for the train. A word of caution though, when other trains are passing by in the same direction and the conductor is blowing the whistle like crazy, it's because he wants you to get off the platform because he is not slowing down and if you are sitting on the platform when he flies by, you'd better be holding on for dear life.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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