MT Beacon - Trail, Beacon/Fishkill, York

MT Beacon - Trail, Beacon/Fishkill, York

DESCRIPTION

Fire roads and super techniqual quad trails. some places are so rough it's hard to walk there.

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[Jul 03, 2010]
Varaxis
Weekend Warrior

This is a 2000 ft mountain with a wide network of trails containing exotic ride qualities including a significant amount of slick rock, stream crossings, large rockbeds (originally riverbeds), downhills with wide banking turns, old ruins to explore, a great view of the Hudson River/Highlands, and more. The trailhead is accessible easily from I-84, near the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.

Customer Service

I personally prefer to exit I-84, take take 9D south until it looks to be heading straight uphill into the mountains. Right before it turns right, you'll see a parking lot and a deli at the corner. I ride by bike along Howland Ave. until I reach the stop sign (~2-3 mi). I take a right up E. Main St. until I reach another stop sign. It splits into Pocket Rd. and Mountain Ln.; I take a left onto Mountain Ln. and ride another until I reach a bridge that crosses a narrow stream. Just past it is a dirt road with its name blacked out on the street sign--that's the fireroad I ride up to the top. It's a 1500 ft climb that goes past the reservoir, to the major radio station complex.

One challenging way down takes you by the casino and the rail tram winch. Follow the trail past the radio station. It intersects and forks sometimes... continue straight at intersects and take the right side forks (they should look to be easier trails). This takes you to the casino foundation. Continue on past the rail tram winch and you'll go down the trail that hikers climb which is extremely technical up top and fast and furious on the switchbacks.

Another way down is to leave the fireroad right before you near the reservoir. On the first long flat section, on the right you'll approach a "bike park" deal. Before that, there's a small grassy hump hiding a trail. This way down is super tight, twisty, with cliffhangers and rock beds, and stream crossings.

Either way is super gnarly and you'll gain so much technical skill in a few rides.

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I live in the city of Newburgh. Both Stewart's and Mt. Beacon's trailhead are 8 miles away. I prefer Mt. Beacon by far. I take my single speed on Stewart, but it's really overgrown with prickers and other stuff growning onto the trail. I climb and ride down Cronomer Hill for quick workouts.

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5
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5
[Jul 25, 2009]
Cycle Nomad
Cross Country Rider

For more info on this trail check out HHMTB.org for local rides and riders.

Catch a ride with some locals and you'll really see how excellent Mt Beacon is.

Closest shop to the mountain is Beacon Cyles on Main St. in Beacon.

There is nothing else like this type of riding in the area.

Customer Service

Begin at the Blue Trailhead further South on 9D from Scenic Hudson lot and ride up the mountain instead of hiking.

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5
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4
[Sep 23, 2008]
sirreal187
Weekend Warrior

This is a sick place to ride all around. I have lived out west and have rode in Idaho and Oregon but yet have I come to find such a diverse ride as Mt. Beacon. The views are amazing as well I have been to every point and basically on every trail. I grew up on the mountain whether it was on a bike, quad, or 4X4 I was there every week. Great place to ride but beware I have seen a lot of people bite it hard on these trails....

Customer Service

There are so many! For new riders I would say shoot up the reservoir road off of pocket lane through the gate. For people with experience try to go up the face near the trolley tracks!

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Miniwaska if you want to bring the family...

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5
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4
[Aug 31, 2008]
physicsfrac
Weekend Warrior

We just started exploring this place this year and it is amazing! I prefer the steep hike up the red trail. 30 minutes from the parking lot across from the deli to the casino ruins if you hike fast. Most other people have said they prefer to ride up the access road which begins at Pocket Road. Either way the descents are technical, challenging but never crazy, we ride hard tails and don't have to get off at any point, but I do feel at my limit about half of the time. The best part is the hike to downhill ride ratio. 1-2 miles of hiking gets you 4-5 miles of descending.
The end of the blue trail is fast, banked, flowing, and seems to go on forever!

Customer Service


My favorite loop so far, hike red trail ride and hike to the top of the fire tower (great views!!!). Descend beautiful smooth rock, take a right staying on red until a junction with Yellow (three yellow markers on tree but easy to miss, if you do miss it you get 3/4 mile of great downhill to a big junction, then just hike back up) from here turn right onto single track(Y), follow yellow until it joins blue, follow blue back to the road. About 1/4 mile from the end at a left hand turn followed by a short uphill it is better to fork right on the better looking trail even though it is not blue. The road back to the parking lot is easy and fast. Get a copy of East Hudson Trails Map 102 NY/NJ Trail conference.

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Stewart is fun but not really in the same arena as Beacon

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5
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3
[Dec 05, 2006]
Bike This
Cross Country Rider

Sup yo, I grew up in Beacon. And let me say this, I need my
mountain fix at least once a month. It'd not for you if you don't
like walking your bike a little. Most of it is rideable, but there are
some crazy ups. It's great for your skills....if you can ride here, you can ride anywhere's.....seriously.

Customer Service

Up the Blue trail, to the yellow trail, around the backside of
the fire tower...over to the old casino.....then straight down the
ski trails..........straight down!!

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5
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5
[Oct 02, 2006]
lostent311
Weekend Warrior

I went there for the first time today after work and it was AWESOME! I took the Incline Railway Trail and had the pleasure of carrying my bike up the 300 stairs at the base. It was a mile from the parking lot to the Railway Engine House. I walked about 90% of the way because the rocks were just too lose on the steep grade, but it was worth it. It was getting dark so I didn't get to bomb the trail like I wanted.

Make sure you are wearing a backpack with tools, tubes, plenty of water, and a camera. The views at the top are amazing!

Make sure your bike is fully tuned, all bolts are tightened down, and your brakes are adjusted for maximum stopping power. You could seriously be putting your life a risk on these trails if you don't. The trail I rode was a steep single-track with three hair-pin turns towards the bottom half and lots of technical at the top. You can easily go off the edge of the trail and down the side of the mountain if you're not careful. This is not for first-timers and beginners.

I didn't get to investigate the mountain's full potential, but definitely will soon. I'm in love with the place already.

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The Stewart Buffer in Newburgh, which is only 15 minutes away from Mt. Beacon. It's 6,500 acres of technical single-track trails. You need to ride on the paved access roads to access the trails. You will see entry points all over the place. The options are infinite here and you could easily get lost in the woods.

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5
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5
[Sep 30, 2006]
saucymonkey
Weekend Warrior

Now this is what MOUNTAIN biking is all about to me. I just moved to the area and was starting to think that all there was around here were rocky rolling trails that neither go up or down (sprain ridge, blue mt.) but here if your willing to do some work you will be rewared with some serious white knuckle, tears streaming out the sides of your eyes, smoking disc downhill! The potential here is enormous and it makes my head spin to think how untapped it is given the population density of this area. I saw lots of hikers but no other bikers. I'll admit I did alot of hike-a-bike today but I've just riden here once and I am dertermined to find a good loop where I can pedal to the top and bomb back down. If any one is very familiar with these trails please contact me.

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4
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5
[Sep 30, 2006]
chris steiner
Weekend Warrior

Now this is what MOUNTAIN biking is all about to me. I just moved to the area and was starting to think that all there was around here were rocky rolling trails that neither go up or down (sprain ridge, blue mt.) but here if your willing to do some work you will be rewared with some serious white knuckle, tears streaming out the sides of your eyes, smoking disc downhill! The potential here is enormous and it makes my head spin to think how untapped it is given the population density of this area. I saw lots of hikers but no other bikers. I'll admit I did alot of hike-a-bike today but I've just riden here once and I am dertermined to find a good loop where I can pedal to the top and bomb back down. If any one is very familiar with these trails please contact me.

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4
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5
[Sep 10, 2006]
John D
Cross Country Rider

I rode here yesterday with my buddy bill who lived here a few years back. He told me they used to do this climb at night.I've never been here before, but had a great time. We didn't take the fire road. We went up some single track that was pretty nice. The beginning is a nice burn until you get your legs and wind.We made a couple of wrong turns and had to do some hiking up some steep rip rap, but still found our way up. The slick rock at the top is pretty tough but alot of fun.The view from the fire tower is worth every minute of climbing.Going down we made a couple of wrong choices at forks and ended up riding down dry stream beds which was also nice.I'd come back here in a heart beat.If you like steep technical climbs it doesn't get much better.

Customer Service

I don't know the area, so I couldn't begin to guess.

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Stewart, Wawayanda, Goosepond, Camp Orange, Ninham

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5
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4
[Jul 21, 1999]
Hardcore Rider

You need to spend alot of hours riding in here to figure the best trails to ride.Allmost all trails are steep and hardcore. Any type of a loop in Mt Beacon area involves brutal climbs(lots of vertical)and bone jarring descents.Once did a big ride in here that had a total of 3000 vertical feet of climbing.This area is definitely not for beginers, pansies or posers unless you don't mind breaking a few bones or getting injured on one of the many nasty steep rock sections.

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4
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