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A mostly undeveloped preserve of nearly 6,000 acres, Hudson Highlands State Park consists of a series of separate parcels of land stretching from Annsville Creek in Peekskill, north to Dennings Point in Beacon. The spacious park is perfect for outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, hiking, and birding. The Hudson Highlands and Hudson River provide spectacular backdrops for the many activities that can be enjoyed here. The park's extensive hiking trail network includes terrain that varies from easy to challenging. Trail maps can be obtained at the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park office. The park's most well known trail Breakneck Ridge was rated by Newsweek as one of the top 10 day hikes in America. The 5.5 mile Breakneck Ridge trail rises 1,250 feet in only a mile stretch. Please note that camping and use of fire are prohibited throughout the park For visitors who wish to view the scenic park from the water, kayaks and canoes are available for rental at Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center in Cortlandt Manor. Rentals, as well as instruction, tours, and educational programs, are provided by Atlantic Kayak Tours. Visitors may also launch their own kayaks and canoes from the Annsville dock. Fishing from the dock is also permitted. One area of Hudson Highlands State Park, Bannerman Island, can only be accessed by water and explored via guided tour. Known originally as Pollepel Island, this island is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This majestic Hudson River landmark is home to Bannerman Castle, built by American entrepreneur Frank Bannerman VI between 1901 and 1918. For more information on visiting this unique site, please call (845) 831-6346.

Trail is very clearly marked blue and easy to follow. Bird lovers can enjoy seeing bald eagle and other birds. hiking in the winter sun gives beautiful unobstructed views of the Hudson valley and Bear mountain.
Be prepared for a tough hike as it goes up and down the hills.

Very enjoyable trek through the woods...didn't encounter another soul on a cold morning until I hit the junction with the Anthony's Nose trail. Decided to extend the hike about 0.8 miles and take in the views from the aforementioned Anthony's Nose. If time allows this is a must stop...gorgeous views of the Hudson River and Bear Mountain.

Great route with superb views. Not that the route has been updated to be clearer at the point where you leave the blazed trails.

Couple of detours necessary on Undercliff because of ice

Hiked trail in fair weather. easy hike. Planning to hike again on this Friday the 11 for my birthday. Starting to train for Mt Washington hike this summer. Any tips?

A difficult hike: the first mile consists of 1,000 feet of total elevation gain. The rest of the hike contained moderate elevation changes which were only made difficult by pre-exhausted legs. The fire tower atop South Beacon was open (late November) so we got to stand up top and freeze for a few minutes. Easy hike back from Beacon, aside from a few downhill rock sections.

Nice views and not so hard trail

Made a loop out of this by taking the purple-blazed trail over Fort Hill and then, at the end of the purple trail, turned left onto a blue blazed trail, at the end of which I went on an in blazed trail that ended at Snake Hill Road which I took back to where I started

By far the most direct route to the summit of Bull Hill. Fun and challenging climb early on, about 1100 ft of elevation gain from the parking lot to the Washburn -Undercliff (White &Yellow) Trail junction. Terrific views of the Hudson and town below facing South early on (from 0.5-0.75 miles at a steep 30-46% grade) and then the woods canopy the trail until you reach the summit of Bull Hill. You can see NYC on a clear day from the Summit. The route is a more gradual descent from the Summit all the way down. If you have nothing left in the tank after Notch Trail, you can take an alternate route out at mile 3.4 at Brook Junction (Red) trail and connect to Cornish [Ruins] Trail to take that all the way back to the Visitors Center lot.

Not a trail as much as a walk on a paved road, but the ruins are so cool. You can Google to see pictures of how it looked before the fire. Plan to go back and hit some of the longer trails in the area.

Good news, Breakneck is still open!

This is a nice hike with an especially fun climb. The views would be amazing with nicer weather and foliage, but it was still beautiful. The second half drags but it beats going down the scrambles. There was also a cute little waterfall near the bottom.
The ascent was a bit easier than I expected. There are definitely some technically challenging scrambles, but overall it wasn't too difficult, and there are usually easier routes (I didn't take them so I'm not sure how much easier they are). If you bypass the tricky sections it'd probably be rated moderate instead of hard. Don't let Breakneck's reputation scare you off! Probably not a first time hike, but if you have some experience you'll be fine (just be ready to use your hands).

Good cardio & several nice vistas both north & south. I measured 5.4 miles; took 2.3 hrs

Good cardio; not many vistas except for from Sugarloaf. My total mileage was 6.1 miles; took about 3.25 hours

Ended the year right!!

Rocky course but worth it. The views at the lookout are unbeatable. Very high traffic and dog friendly.

Never seen it so busy in December!

Totally average with similar views to Breakneck, etc.
A good workout but overall not the most beautiful hike.

I did this hike Dec 23rd. I took the white trail up . I made the mistake of carrying extra pack weight as I am training for Washington. Most of the rock scrambles on the way up had ice on them. Some of the ice wasn’t even visible . Picking which way to climb up was a struggle . I would often start up a rock then have to slide down and go another way due to slipping on ice . I am a avid hiker . This is a great trail . All trails has been rating trails as hard that are not actually hard though. It made me underestimate the scramble on this path. Use caution taking this trail in the winter and use a hiking buddy for help . I was solo and didn’t have anybody to spot me in case of a slip. I did bail out earlier than I was wanting to due to fear of more ice ahead of me. I want to try it again in the spring . The views are stunning.

Essentially no ice; great

Bit of ice, but still easily avoidable

Definitely worth the crazy hike on the white trail. I climbed on Nov 11th when the fall trees were nearing its end (but still glorious). So I definitely recommend going for the hike MUCH sooner when the peak of fall can be experienced. Not for the faint-hearted so make sure you wear comfortable hiking shoes. Hiking sticks would have also been a game-changer when descending the trail. All the leaves were gorgeous on the ground but didn’t make the climb down any easier. All in all, definitely worth the hike!

Survey crew at trailhead. Are they actually going to start work soon???

Great as ever

1 month ago

Beautiful view of the Hudson valley and the bear mountain bridge!
The white trail is in front of the bear mountain bridge. The first 30 minutes is a steep climb but not a lot of rock scrambling. The steps to the top are rocky. Once you’re at the top of these steps, the way to Anthony’s Nose is on your right, just follow the blue trail for about 15 minutes. This is more or less flat and shouldn’t be exhausting.
This is a moderate hike, but relatively short hike to the top to get great views.
I don’t have a car and I traveled from NYC 125 th st Harlem to Manitou by Metronorthrail. The walk from Manitou station to the trail head is about 1.5 miles and will take about 30 minutes to walk. You need to walk on the highway so be careful.

A little bit of ice, but easily avoided

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