Viva la Vista, Baby!


Let’s get outside and hike! Days are growing shorter, and temperatures are slowly dropping so now’s the time to enjoy what’s left fall. Why not climb to the heights and see all the magnificence that is the Hudson Valley? There’s nothing like a day outside. And nothing we at Hudson Valley Happenings enjoy more that reaching a summit. The bluffs along the valley and the peaks in the Catskill Mountains have so many vistas to embrace. Go for it. Head out to one of these five top spots with breathtaking views. Here we at HVH offer up five of our favorites, from easy walks to extreme climbs.


Mount Beacon, Beacon, NY

Length: 2.5 to 7.7 miles (if you do the whole loop)

Elevation: 1,004 ft. to overlook; 1,561 ft. to fire tower & 2,603 ft. the whole monster loop

Difficulty: Moderate to extremely beastly

Traverse well-tended trails around Mount Beacon. The hike is steep but with the many switchbacks, it’s manageable. The reward is at the summit – a panoramic view from the Hudson Highlands northwest to the Catskills. Walk another mile, 60-feet up, to the South Mount Beacon fire tower. The climb is worth it – you can see from Manhattan to Albany on a clear day. The Mount Beacon Fire Tower is a bonus…climb those steps and you feel like you’re in the clouds. Tackle the entire 7.7-mile loop but only if you dare! Trail is free and open all year, dawn to dusk.

Wind up your day…The Roundhouse is a meticulously restored old mill and worthy of an overnight stay. After your trek, you’ll appreciate the delish food, water views and comfy bed! The restaurant has a modern American menu drawing on the riches of the Hudson Valley, along with local wineries and distilleries. All the tables are picturesquely placed to see the creek and waterfall through floor-to-ceiling windows. The sleek white and light wood hotel rooms are in the Roundhouse and Mill buildings.

Overlook Point, Fishkill, NY

Length: 5.5-mile loop

Elevation: 1,735 ft.

Difficulty: Moderate (do trail clockwise if you have bad knees!)