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2021-07-04  
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Mount BeaconEastern, NY
Eastern, NY
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2021
Daytripper
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.08 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
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Having hiked this before I knew I was getting into a good workout hike, after not being able to see the fire tower due to fog decided to visit the DAR monument on the north summit. The trail to the casino ruins and fire tower is well marked but to reach the monument you have to choose the correct service road to reach the upper communication tower. I did a lot of meandering trying to remember this and actually circled the lower towers while looking for it so I only posted the route for the descent in case anyone should try for the monument instead of the the Beacon Mountain loop or the fire tower continuation of the casino route. Cool damp 62° at the start, made good progress up the stairways , yep steel stairs start at the base of the old railway, and then steep rocky trail which roughly parallels the old incline railway route except for switchbacks. Slightly damp and muddy but may have actually helped the trail to be less slick. Despite the holiday only ran into a handful of hikers until approaching the stairwell on the descent then ran into a couple of large groups working out together. Appears this is popular with the young adults trying to jog up and down. Fortunately views of the River were not impeded by the cloud cover, wandered around the remains of the incline railroad station ruins as well as the casino, didn’t see any progress toward restoring the railway. On July 4,2000 the monument plaque reads several hundred gathered for the rededication, this year I saw no one else was there.
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