As we approached South Beacon Mountain's slopes, we weren't sure what to expect. What we got was more than either of us bargained for. A true ADK High Peak feel, with open rock scrambling and over 600 feet of ascent in less than 1/3 of a mile.
Much of the city of Beacon spreads out before you, some 900 feet below. The mountain and city both acquired their name from signal fires that soldiers set here back in the American Revolution to warn of British military movements.
A steady drop down a rocky, rutted, old road brought us down to a series of metal steps and eventually our waiting car. Over 7 miles total with 2400 feet of ascent. A beautiful, but popular area to explore.