September 27, 2015
Really nice hike, very well described... thanks
I've done this hike a few times now at different times of year and really like it. I can usually easily do it in the estimated time but today I got stuck behind several (counted 5 in total) different slow moving jeeps who were with me on and off all the way up to the firetower, which slowed me down quite a bit. Will probably avoid this route in the Fall if off roading is normally this popular...
April 16, 2015
A Fantastic Hike.
Thanks for the description, Daniel. I did it yesterday, and it was just gorgeous. It's my 4th or 5th time on this route, but it doesn't lose anything with repeated use. As you guys say, the Scofield Ridge portion is always completely deserted, which I love. Thought I'd mention that I've measured it three times now, and I get right around 7.0 miles every time. Also right around 2400 feet of climb, all told. (Starting and ending at the gate just above the Beacon Mt. parking lot.) Also, folks should be forewarned that long stretches are not well-marked, and it's very easy to get very lost in certain areas. The connecting stretch of Yellow, that takes you from the White trail down the brook back across to the Red Casino trail you ascended, has at least two forks which are totally unmarked, and brutally confusing. (If I remember correctly, you have to go right (downhill) at the first, and left (uphill) at the second, to bring you back into Casino, a short distance above the top of the staircase.) Thanks again. S
August 18, 2014
South Beacon Mountain hike
Your comment inspired me to rehike this trail yesterday -- for the first time since I wrote the hike description eight years ago. This is a really fantastic hike -- one of the very best in the entire New York metropolitan area. The restored Mount Beacon Fire Tower is a highlight of the hike, but there are many other spectacular viewpoints, spread throughout the hike. Your observation that most people go up to the casino site on the Casino Trail and then come down the same way is definitely correct. I did meet four people on the second part of the hike, but I must have encountered about 100 people on the Casino Trail leading up to the fire tower. I should also point out that the second part of the hike is mostly on attractive footpaths, while the Casino Trail, for the most part, follows a wide and relatively unattractive woods road. I have revised the hike description and brought it up to date. Thanks again for your review of the hike!
August 16, 2014
South Beacon mountain, great hike, really fun trail.
Hiked this trail yesterday. Awesome hike! Lots of bang for the buck. The views at the top are spectacular. But I equally enjoyed (if not more so) the return loop via the Wilkenson Memorial. It is a really interesting, quarky trail with lots of variety in foliage & terrain...lots of going up to go down...keeps it interesting. I lost the trail a couple of times which means you can't just zone out. Which I like. Also, it looks like most people just go up the red blazes and back down the same way. On a friday afternoon there were several people on the ascent (red blaze), but on the way back down via the "back loop" I saw NO ONE the entire hke down.....i had the trail to myself. And from the look of the trail itself looks looks like it does not have as many travelers. Awesome. Thanks trail blazers!
April 04, 2014
April 04, 2014
This is a terrific hike!
Did this hike yesterday and was very pleased from start to finish. The directions are accurate as usual and the blazes are very good for the most part. But the junction where the Casino Trail ends and the Wilkinson Memorial Trail needs new blazes. Two of yellow blazes are missing and none of the red ones are there anymore. You can see in the photo that they're gone. Hopefully someone can get up there and replace them before someone gets lost. Something must be wrong with my GPS because it said that I only gained 1364 feet and that is was 8.88 miles in total. I followed the directions carefully. Maybe some of the wandering at the Casino lookout and the tower added o the distance. There was a lot of people on the Casino trail but once I got on the Wilkinson Memorial Trail I only saw one more person the entire way until I once again reached the Casino trail. It's a shame that so many foolish people leave garbage on the trails and not to mention all the broken bottles at the Casino area. Can't wait to get back up there soon though!
September 24, 2012
Great Day Hike
This was an amazing day hike with lots of interesting, varied terrain and views. Highly recommended!
January 06, 2012
Amazing views, strenuous hike
Wow. This hike is beautiful. Ruins, a fire tower, an abandoned bulldozer, and views galore. Bring binoculars. Very worth it. Highly recommended. Take it easy. The trail has a ton of ups and downs. It was difficult to follow after leaving the Dry Brook waterfall--the woods roads intersections are not always blazed as to which one is the official Fishkill Ridge Trail. Photos from this hike done in October 2011: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kleepet/tags/southbeaconmtscofieldridgehike/
October 04, 2011
Thanks for the feedback, and for the GPS and train info.
October 03, 2011
I wanted to say that this is an amazing hike indeed! My wife and I have walked it this past weekend and had a blast. I would suggest reading the entire description before hand as it is very informative of the historic things that you will see along the way, and also, check out the site posted below. Especially, look at the great videos of the railway in operation. http://www.inclinerailway.org Just wated to add couple of things to the very nice description description of this trail: Trail Head GPS coordinates: 41.493547,-73.959854 (or N41°29.61282, W073°57.59124) Directions from Train Station: The trail entrance is approximately 1.5 miles from the train station. As you come out of the train station on the side of the town of Beacon turn right onto Beekman St (towards Dia Beacon). After 0.4 miles Beacon St. turns into Wolcott Ave. Keep walking on Wolcott Ave until it makes a sharp right turn at Howland Ave. The trail entrance will be on your left. Cheers Victor