Breakneck Ridge, Notch Trail, Wilkinson Trail to Sugarloaf Mountain

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Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

Breakneck Ridge, Notch Trail, Wilkinson Trail to Sugarloaf Mountain is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beacon, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.5 miElevation gain1,765 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingForestRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeBugsMuddyOver grownRockyScramble
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This is a great trail for users tired of the crowded conditions on the southern section of Breakneck Ridge Trail. Once past the Breakneck Bypass Trail, this area has considerably less traffic than other areas in the Hudson Highlands. In addition to the "usual" stupendous views while rock-scrambling on Breakneck Ridge itself, there's great views from Sugarloaf.

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Jimmy Xing
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perry bullock
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K. L
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Fun! Steep! Very busy when we returned around 1pm.

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Thomas Bergerstock
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Kathleen Adinolfi
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Jason Gz
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Maciek Kierklo
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Artur Kotowski
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Jacob DeClement
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Muddy and terrific

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AllTrails User
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Dina Mobarak
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Peter Guziuk
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Not too hard. Moderate.

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Alex Vinokur
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Evan Thompson
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Be aware that parking is full on weekends by 9 am. State police patrol the road, giving out tickets and towing illegally parked cars. Do not attempt to park far away and walk. The road is extremely dangerous with no shoulder and a 55 mph limit.

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Ryan Maguire
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Micah Sawyer
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Have to say this was one of the BEST hikes I have ever been on. If you like scaling rocks and ledges on your hands and knees this one is for you. the first mile is straight up a rock face. But the views are more than worth it! Going up there are two paths, one labeled "easier ascent" and the other being the original trail I assume. We went up the original trail as there was less people however BE CAREFUL on this path! Lots of ledges and hard climbs on literal cliffs that could be very dangerous! Definitely boosted the adrenaline for me. You get all the elevation over with though in the first 2 miles and the rest is a (long) but beautiful walk through the forest back. Also was the best marked trail I have ever been on. Great signage, directions, trail markers and maps provided at the begining!

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Joel DeCastro
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Frank Carr
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DO NOT HIKE ANYWHERE NEAR COLD SPRING IF YOU HAVE TO PARK YOUR CAR. I JUST GOT A HUGE PARKING TICKET FROM THE NY STATE POLICE FOR PARKING ALONG ROUTE 9 WHERE I HAD ALWAYS PARKED. COLD SPRING, NY IS NOT FRIENDLY!

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Sam Banting
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Nelson Roman
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The trail commences with a challenging ascent. If you have any form of agrophobia, do not attempt this trail. The long loop trail—-9.5 miles—-requires the following of the white markers and arrows. Unless, you are seeking the short loop—-then in that case follow the yellow marker. The long loop trail is required to reach the fire tower. The hiking path is well labeled for most of the hike. The hiking path never flattens. There are continuous hills and valleys.

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David Flores
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Really cool unique trail! Its like climbing at the amateur level but really awesome. We brought our dog who got through it but if your dog is small or not very coordinated I would not recommend this trail. Very steep scrambles and flat faced rocks. At points I had to carry my 80lb dog up some climbs. Want to go back and do the full south beacon mountain trail! Really liked the hike and the town. Cold spring is really quant and beautiful. Love seeing new things in these adventures!! Took us about 4 hours, it is about 7.6 miles.

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Ryan Plut
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Katie Reed
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Felt like many different hikes in one- lots of different terrain. A large scramble at the beginning going up breakneck ridge then relatively steady incline to South Beacon Mountain where the views were great on a clear autumn day. Could even see the city in the distance. The fire tower was open which allowed for some amazing 360° views. Then took Wilkinson Mem trail back to where we parked the car- excellent viewing of the changing fall foliage and the sunlight coming through the forest. Took us about 5 hours with a couple stop offs to take in the views. Worth it if you want a longer hike close to the city.

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john mon
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Aleksej Legkovod
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