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Friday, September 10, 2010; 7:15 PM

GETTING THERE

Take the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central Station in Manhattan to Beacon, N.Y.; $13 one way. Info: www.mta.info/mnr. Malouf's picks up guests outside the station and drops them off at a trail head, and provides return service to the station; $5 each way. Guests are limited to one backpack or the like and one sleeping bag each, and one cooler per site. No open bags allowed. Extra luggage costs an additional $2 per item.

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WHERE TO CAMP

Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campground

845-831-6767

www.maloufsmountain.com

Eighteen sites come with all the fixings: pre-assembled tent, stack of firewood, fire pit, stove, chow box and more. Bathhouse has toilets, showers, sinks for grooming and dishes, and laundry machines. If you forget your toothpaste, check the vending machine. Season ends Oct. 31 and reopens April 15. Cost for up to two adults and two children: $78 for tent and chow box; $68, chow box and no tent; $48, primitive site.

WHERE TO EAT

The campground sells an array of food items for campers to cook at their site, such as Angus burger, ribs, salmon, canned chili, mac and cheese, and egg breakfast. Cost: 35 cents-$12, plus $5 delivery. You can also bring your own food, which Malouf's will transport, or order from one of the restaurants in town and have it delivered (by you guessed it).

WHAT TO DO

Hiking is the main activity, with lots of trails to follow, including the trio that lead to the campground. For maps and other info on Fishkill Ridge and the area, see Scenic Hudson, www.scenichudson.org, or Mountain Tops in Beacon, 845-831-1997, www.mountaintopsonline.com.

- A.S.


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