Get out of NYC and tackle a peak challenge right in your backyard. Includes peaks in the Hudson Highlands of New York. A great way to explore the sprawling trail networks of several state parks all within easy reach of metropolis. Thanks to peakery member Nimblefoot for help with this challenge.


Highest peak

South Beacon Mountain

1,611 ft / 491 m

Most prominent peak

South Beacon Mountain

1,220 ft / 371 m

Most summited peak

Bear Mountain

56 summits

Most difficult peak

no info yet

Difficulty breakdown

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Top climbing months

November   12%

April   10%

June   10%

"Out getting North Beacon and Bear mtns for the month of December. Nice sunny day where I saw folks wearing shorts and T-shirts to others with insulated jackets on. On the calendar it was the 1st of December but weather wise it felt more like late October. With all the snow and ice gone the trails are back to mud and puddles." - North Beacon Mountain, Nimblefoot, Dec 1, 2018
"Getting North Beacon and Bear mtns for the month of December. What started off as a sunny blue sky day has now turned into more overcast. Trails much more drier on Bear compared to the sloppiness on North Beacon. Despite the cloudending of the sky the view down the Hudson River was still decent. A number of cyclists were taking advantage of the nice weather and Perkins drive being snow free so getting in more hill climbs to the summit of Bear mtn." - Bear Mountain, Nimblefoot, Dec 1, 2018
"Originally planned to bag Graham mountain in the Catskills but when I got to the parking lot on Millbrook Road I found it unplowed and snow too deep to chance driving in. Switched to trying Sugarloaf mountain from the Mink Hollow(north) lot since the road and lot should be plowed. Sure enough the road was plowed but the lot only somewhat allowing a few cars to park. Next issue is no snowshoes in the car(oops!) so I try bare-booting in the broken track only to find out that the maker(s) of the track gave up about a quarter mile in. Not wanting to post hole in the nearly foot deep snow all the " - Sugarloaf Hill, Nimblefoot, Nov 17, 2018
"Visiting Breakneck Ridge on a cool and windy(brisk) day to stretch the legs and complete a round of the Hudson Highlands peak challenge. A short whack off the Breakneck Ridge trail to the open summit with views then a pleasant whack straight back down to the car on 9D near Sugarloaf mtn." - Breakneck Ridge, Nimblefoot, Nov 14, 2018
"Hitting two peaks on the Hudson Highland peak challenge. An afternoon hike of Black and Fingerboard mtns in Harriman SP. Past a number of trailheads overcrowded with cars on my way over to Silvermine Lake picnic area. Fortunately there was room to park to do the short hike via a woods road and AT. Got the great view down to the NYC skyline then on my return I slipped off a log, crossing the lake outlet, so my right trailrunner went snorkeling in the surprisingly warm water." - Black Mountain, Nimblefoot, Nov 11, 2018