Family Weekend


Saturday, August 8, 2015

  • Malouf's Mountain Campground (map)
  • Beacon, NY, 12508

Where: Malouf's Mountain Hike-In/Hike-Out, Luxury Campground

When: August 7th-9th

What: A weekend of family fun!

Friday - Hike in and settle into camp.
Saturday - Join us for a full day of activities, ending in true camp tradition with s'mores and singing by a campfire.
Sunday - Sleep in and enjoy Beacon at your leisure before heading home.  Looking for recommendations?  We've got 'em.

Logistics: No car? Lacking gear? No problem!  Details below.  

Rates: Please see below.


Come play outside with your kids!  For the first time ever, Malouf's Mountain Sunset Campground will host Family Weekenda weekend of fun for the whole family!   We have plenty of outdoor activities planned for kids and kids-at-heart ages four to eighty-four. 




We want to help you make the most of your next family vacation.  That's why Hike New York has partnered with Malouf's Mountain Camp to make escaping the city with your entire family easy and fun!   Connect with nature and each other through outdoor activities, games, and shared experiences.  


The locationMalouf's Mountain Sunset Campground is tucked away on Fishkill Ridge, behind Beacon, NY.  It is a luxury hike-in/hike-out campground, meaning that you will need to hike into your campsite, but will find full amenities awaiting you (including a tent!).

Getting there: Take Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central to Beacon Station.  You'll be picked up from Beacon Station and taken to your preferred trail head to hike in, while your gear will be magically transported to your site to await your arrival.

The weekend: After your hike in on Friday, you can set up and enjoy camp at your leisure.  (Psst! You can even have pizza delivered to your tent!)  But be sure to get some sleep, because Saturday will be a full day.  You can choose from a variety of fun outdoor activities (below).  Morning activities will run from 9:30am-12pm.  We'llregroup for lunch (provided for you) before heading out for afternoon activities from 1:30pm-4pm.  You'll then have a break for the dinner hours, but be sure to come back!  From 7pm-9pm, we'll be hosting an evening ofs'mores & singing with acoustic accompaniment around the campfire.  Sunday is yours to take at your leisure.  You can hike, head into town, or sleep in and stay another night.  Check-out time at camp is 11am.  After your short (or long) hike out, you'll be provided transportation back to Beacon Station.



All activities are half-day activities, except for the Expedition Hike, which will be a full-day hike with lunch on the trail.   Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and bring sun protection and bug spray since we'll be playing outside all day!

Hiking Excursions

Kali Bird - Hike NY Founder & Scavenger Hunt Guide

Scavenger Hunt Hike.  Join the hunt!  The scavenger hunt, that is.  Hike along Fishkill Ridge searching for animals, plants, and natural objects.  You’ll be led by Kali Bird, who will give you the inside scoop on all the cool stuff you’re looking at.  Meet Kali here.  The winning family wins a prize!   Offered in AM and PM.  
Intensity level:  + 1 2 3 4 5 !

Mike D'Anniballe - Expedition Hike Guide

Expedition Hike.*   Go farther!   This trek is a challenge of endurance, with a payoff of abundant wildlife and stunning Hudson Valley views.   You’ll hike up and along the top of Fishkill Ridge with Mike D'Anniballea local, knowledgeable New York State hiking guide.  Be sure to pack lunch, because we’ll be rockin’ the trails well into the afternoon.   
Intensity level:  + 1 2 3 5 !
*Please note that if there is not enough interest in a full-day hike, we will replace it with two half-day hikes!

**Minors must be accompanied by an adult on hikes.

Base Camp Activities

Choose your own adventure!  Learn more about the woods and landscape you’re visiting while you create nature-based art to take home; learn new songs to show off by the campfire; play games in the woods; and/or improve your map and compass skills.   Programs offered in AM and PM.

Base camp activities will be led by Hudson Valley environmental educators who specialize in leading fun outdoor experiences for kids and families.  They are CPR and First Aid certified.  Check back soon to meet your activity leaders!

**We heartily encourage parents to join the fun!  But please note that children 8 & under must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling for all daytime base camp activities.


Songs & S’mores around the Campfire

We’ll end the day around the campfire, just as it should bewith acoustic guitars and singing as we toast marshmallows for s’mores.  Members of the band Funkinships will lead our chorus of old folk and new 'post-folk absurdism' songs that please crowds of kids and adults alike. 


Rates vary depending on the size of your group and camping preferences.   A sample Weekend Package, including everything listed below for a family of three is $342, and for a family of four is $378.  Call us at (845) 831-6767 to confirm your price.

What We Provide

  • Transportation from Beacon Station to hike of your choice on Friday
  • 2 nights of full-amenity camping
  • 2 half-day sessions (or one full-day hike!) of family-fun outdoor games & activities, led by experts in outdoor family fun
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Group campfire Saturday night
  • Acoustic accompaniment, song leaders & sing-along sheets for any or all to join in!
  • All the fixin's for great S'mores
  • Transportation from trail head back to Beacon Station on Sunday

At Your Campsite

  • Tent (as needed; not shown in pic)
  • Picnic Table
  • Grill for Fire
  • 2 Chairs
  • Water Jug
  • Playing Cards
  • Propane Lantern
  • Gas Stove
  • Pots and Pans
  • Dish Pan
  • Dish Soap
  • Sponge
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Pot Holders
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • Forks and Spoons
  • Matches
  • Fly Swatter
  • Paper and Pen
  • Garbage Can
  • ABC Fire Extinguisher

What to Bring

  • Daypack or backpack
  • Water bottles to carry 1.5 liters of water (3 bottles) per person
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Small Flashlight
  • Sharp Knife
  • Lighter
  • Towel and Hairdryer
  • Bed Roll and/or Mat
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks!

Luxury Platform Campsite

Campsite Treasure Chest

Please note!  This weekend event will run rain or shine, though we will nudge activity times if there are thunderstorms.  Please keep all of your fingers and toes crossed with us for good weather, but also stay flexible with us as we adjust to whatever nature brings!

Still have questions?  

Contact us!  Malouf's Mountain Camp can help with everything camping.  Call them at (845) 831-6767 or e-mail them at  Hike New York can help with activities-related questions.  Call Kali Bird at (210) 724-9611 or e-mail


We look forward to seeing you at the

first-ever Family Weekend at Malouf's Mountain!