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No. of Reviews: 18

Fire roads and super techniqual quad trails. some places are so rough it's hard to walk there.
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Latitude
41.496942500648146
Longitude
-73.94923210144043
Trail Directions
52 west to rt 9d, 9d south and you can't miss it. Park across from deli
Trail Length
80 miles of many loops
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Beacon/Fishkill
   


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Review Date
July 3, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Varaxis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
July 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Cycle Nomad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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



Comments
Varaxis (05/25/2010)
I never heard of the Blue Trailhead and went south on 9D, but never saw any clear indication of the trail. The other way you can ride up is to take the fire road just off of East Main, on Mountain Lane. The Pocket Rd. trailhead is way too technical to ride even half of it. My tip is to not be stuck in a gear too low, else you'll be too skitterish and hit obstacles, lose momentum, and tip over. Once you stop, it's hard to get going again, so you'll be force to hike.
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Review Date
September 23, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sirreal187 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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....

Recommended Route:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Miniwaska if you want to bring the family...



Comments
Varaxis (05/25/2010)
Ugh... "the face" by the trolley tracks is extremely steep. Your bike is at an angle steeper than what people ride wheelies/manuals at--you'd be scared of falling backwards. You can hike that first part, be greeted with rocky but ridable switchbacks, then find even rockier climbs which may be too technical for some.
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Review Date
August 31, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: physicsfrac ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:

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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stewart is fun but not really in the same arena as Beacon



Comments
physicsfrac (08/31/2008)
I uploaded a map of the trails we have explored on this site, there is a higher quality image posted here...
http://www.physicsland.net/beaconmountainbikingaugust08.gif
I'd like to update it and learn of other trails people have done. E-mail me if you have any good trails to add! physicsfrac@hotmail.com
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Review Date
October 2, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: lostent311 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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