Backpack to Malouf's Mountain Sunset Camp on Mt. Beacon

Rate this Adventure Mount Beacon Trailhead, Beacon, New York, United States

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    12 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1653 Feet

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Take a 90 minute train ride from Grand Central Station to the ultimate hike with scenic views, changing terrain and a hike-in-only campground hidden in the forest.

Starting in the quaint town of Beacon there are a couple of options for hikes of varying difficulty.
From the station the walk is about 1.5 miles to the trail heads, alternatively if you choose to stay the night at Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campground you can arrange for the host to meet you, take your packs and tents and drop you at one of the trail heads.

With three hikes to choose from you can go for a 1 hour (#1), 2.5 hours (#2) or 3-5 hour (#3) hike. The longest hike takes you up the only incline railway track, past cool old casino ruins and eventually up towards the Mt Beacon Fire tower where you pop out onto large slabs of rock and look back down over the city of Beacon. 

The trail then tracks across Fishkill ridge, descends down again, into the leafy forest trails and winds up at Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campground where a cold beer(!) awaits you.

To hike out you can choose to take a different trail, meeting the Shuttle with your gear back at Beacon train station.

For the adventurous, hiking back out through the town is a fun experience. I recommend stopping at the Mexican place on Main Street for a taco in their garden, popping next door for an interesting flavored ice cream and if you have time checking out DIA: Beacon for some amazing site specific art.

Pack List

  • Map (essential!)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tent (optional, you can rent at the campground)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Bug Spray
  • Towel
  • Food (optional, you can purchase from the campground)
  • Water
  • Camera
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Emily Hlaváč Green Storyteller

A kiwi photographer building stories around food, lifestyle and travel, currently living in New York City. Always dreaming of the next mountain to climb, making a campfire a kitchen or adventure into the unknown. Adventures at portsofgold.com

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