Breakneck Ridge Trail

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Breakneck Ridge Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beacon, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1397 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

rock climbing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

A popular destination for hikers looking to escape NYC, this short and difficult loop trail heads up Breakneck Ridge and winds down Wilkinson Memorial Trail, passing Sugarloaf Mountain on the descent. The trail includes some steep climbs and rock scrambles over ledges. Breakneck Ridge is a scenic mountain with rocky cliffs along the Hudson River between Beacon and Cold Spring in New York. The parking area is at the Breakneck Ridge Train Station off route 9d and the trailhead can be accessed at the southern end of the lot. This is a great hike for views of the Hudson River and Storm King Mountain across the water.

2 days ago

Love this hike❤

21 days ago

Climb is great but the trail is crowded, littered with bottle caps, glass, and has graffiti in a lot of places that kind of ruins it. Ice makes it very challenging.

hiking
22 days ago

Scramble is an understatement

hiking
29 days ago

Fun scramble. Not so fun in the ice... slipped and slided down the red trail but worth the nice view. FYI the trail is still open as of 1/20/18. Apparently some delays on the planned close.

hiking
30 days ago

A great hike, very strenuous and technical, especially because of the snowy/icy conditions of the day, but views are breathtaking and well worth the effort.
Agility and good physical condition are required in the steep portions, but plenty of easy sections to recover in between.

hiking
1 month ago

If youre looking for a hell of a work out combined with amazing views this is the spot for you.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best trail hike and rock climb I completed with my son Chris the end of 2017. The views of the Hudson River were amazing. As soon as we hit the summit it started snowing which only made the views more spectacular. Will definitely plan another hike there early this year.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome!

hiking
1 month ago

Hard in a good way. You have to work for it and you get seriously rewarded with fantastic views up and down the mighty Hudson River. Love it.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great, challenging hike. Plenty of rock scrambling right off the bat. Tough physical and mental challenge.

1 month ago

Great views of the Hudson.

2 months ago

nothing else like it in the area. def the best scramble within two hours of the city

2 months ago

love it,definitively not like a walk in the park tho!

hiking
2 months ago

Great, fun hike that is easily accessible via public transit from NYC. Lots of scrambling but can get crowded during summer weekends. Good views throughout the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail has great views and lookout spots! However, it was extremely packed, so get an early start to avoid the crowds.

2 months ago

Just the best. Lots of steep scramble, sometimes bordering on bouldering. Great workout. Great adrenaline rush if you climb up some of the steeper rocks (at your own risk) instead of the trail. Views are gorgeous and plentiful. Stunning, challenging, fun. Wear grippy boots. Watch your foot placement when scrambling. Rocks are really slick, even when dry.

2 months ago

Love it!!

hiking
2 months ago

Be prepared for an early, fairly rapid initial ascent. Plenty of rock scrambling also. The view is definitely worth the effort.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail to take with amazing views!

3 months ago

One if the best hikes in the Hudson

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