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Mt.Beacon

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

O.M.F.G. Can you say "untapped". Over 1500ft verticle of almost undiscovered terrain. From smooth as glass fire roads, crisp rolling ridgeline singletrack and beautiful vistas to 20+ft creek gaps, bottomless chutes and 50+mph descents, this place has it all. Aside from me and a couple of buddies I have seen as many riders here this past years as I can count on one hand. This place has so many trails. I have been riding and hiking here for 2+years and I still find new trails EVERY time I come here. Everything ANY mountain biker could ever want exists here. I has uphills so easy my mom (literally, and she's 52) can ride up and descents so technical and long (for the east coast) we havn't even found the bottom (chuckles!!!). I have no idea how large the park is , but you can easily rack up 40+ miles if thats you bag. Also for us freeride types there is that pedalable fire road (which leads to most of the DH runs), and we are sometimes even lucky enough to catch a ride up with one of the workers or random off roaders.
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Latitude
41.49218513086146
Longitude
-73.9555835723877
Trail Directions
Rt 9D south (off I-84, last exit before Newbergh-Beacon Bridge). You will go through the city of Beacon. As you are leaving the city (past rt.52) you will come to a steep uphill w/a blind right hand corner. There will be a deli on you left @ the apex of the corner and a parking lot in front of you. You can park in the lot... Or immidiatly after the deli turn left and continue on until you see a stop sign. At the sign turn right. The road will go up a hill and bear left. As/right before the road goes left you will want to bear/turn right on the first available (non-private) street. You will come to a locked gate @ the end of the road. This is where you park.
Trail Length
40+ miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Beacon
Country
US
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: p$$ ,  Downhiller

Summary:
guys anymore details on how to get there? street names, buildings nearby with addresses ?

thanks



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Review Date
May 25, 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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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Varaxis ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Mt. Beacon is one of the tallest peaks with a huge trail network that's not part of the Catskills that I know of. I live nearby in Newburgh, across the river, and simply ride my bike across the bridge, along 9D south, left on Howland, right up East Main, and left to Mountain Ln where my preferred trail head is.

I've explored a lot of Mt. Beacon recently, sometimes hiking and sometimes biking. Most trails are too technical and/or steep for someone of my skill to climb; I am in great shape, but that alone isn't enough. Downhills are extremely rewarding--they can be technical, but not impassable and if you are brave and get through, it's a great feeling. I find it extremely hard to go fast with twists and rock gardens and water crossings, but clearing it all is what I love to do.

The trail off of Pocket Rd is way too technical for me to ride more than half of it and the main trailhead, by the parking lot, starts unbikable (30%+ grade), switches back a few times which is bikable, but then enters some rocky areas which may be too technical for a majority of people to climb.

Recommended Route:
I like to climb the fire road (Mountain Lane entrance) and then pick a trail off of it to ride down. Even if you ride back down the fire road, you're in for a rewarding downhill sensation.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I ride Cronomer Hill in the same fashion... ride up the fire road and then pick a trail and try to go down as fast as you can, except that I can repeat it on Cronomer Hill and doing it once on Beacon is "workout" enough taking at least 1 hr.



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Review Date
January 27, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: andy ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Holy $h!t. Udiscovered MTB MECCA. Accessible from NYC (hudson line) and all points north, just off I-84. Limitless FR and DH possibilities. Contact me if you want to do any "architectual (shore) trailwork"

Recommended Route:
Anywhere from the top....ending at the bottom

Other recommended trails in the same area:
NONE



Comments
DHMTBNJ (09/16/2014)
I would want to help with some trail work looking for some spots to ride when the parks close for winter.
DHMTBNJ (09/16/2014)
Are you still building any trails? If so i would like to help me and a few of my buddies to. We want to find some FR/DH style trails in the offseason.
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