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South Beacon Mountain via Breakneck Ridge and Wilkinson Memorial Trail

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Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

South Beacon Mountain via Breakneck Ridge and Wilkinson Memorial Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.0 mi Elevation gain 2,808 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Running Forest Partially paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Historic site
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Note: as of the summer of 2020, Hudson Highlands State Park has indefinitely closed the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in order to allow recovery from the fire there in 2019. This means that there is no longer any access to the viewpoints at the summit. The Wilkinson Trail has been re-routed appropriately. 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. This hike can easily be shortened by turning back earlier, or made into a loop using one of the other trails in the area. Check out the nearby trails for other options!

Take route 9d to the breakneck ridge train station - parking is there

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David Seals
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parking lot was full for about three miles. I found a lot with trails that would connect to this mapped out trail but halfway up the mountain there was several different routes that were no trespassing after we went quite a ways. we got to the end of the loop where we were supposed to start heading back towards the car and the trail over Sugarloaf Mountain was closed so we couldn't come that way and had to take a 3-mi road walk with no shoulder but a guardrail back to the car didn't feel real safe.

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Quinton Zielke
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This hike was awesome! Made it up early enough to catch the sun rise over the ridge line — fairly busy until you pass that point, then it’s really quiet. I went counter-clockwise and would recommend less experienced hikers go clockwise out and counter clockwise back(avoiding the steep parts). Granted I went on a wet morning where ascending the rocks was a little tough. Overall, fantastic hike — the fire tower is worth the long hike!

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Yaghoub Alpar
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It was better than expected. Went clockwise and climbed down the second half. Great hike that works you pretty good. Worth it for anyone who loves a little climbing. Bring water, since their isn’t any along the trail.

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Eric Moran
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Thomas McSweeney
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Vince Li
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Danny Adams
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Great hike! From the stats on my watch, it’s about a 10.46 mile hike with the elevation gain at about 3,429 feet. Did it counter clockwise. A good group at the top of the first section of bouldering, but after that, it was super clear. Saw no one for a good hour and a half to two hours. It’s very well marked. Would recommend as long as you’re not deterred by the initial ascent. It’s really gorgeous.

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Guido Weishaupt
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Very crowded

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Baljit Parhar
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Nick Szymczak
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Ricardo Calmon
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Lauren Padilla
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Rob Longo
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Started at 7am. Nice clear 70° day, we made it from the lot to the flag in 12 minutes, hit the top and took took breakneck ridge to south beaxon mountain fire tower. Didn't see anyone the whole way there. took about 2.5 hours with only minor stops to reach the fire tower. Then took a lower loop, did some bouldering, found an abandoned homestead, and hiked along a river until we climbed backup onto the ridge and descend down the front. 10 miles took about 5 hours with stop for lunch at the top of the tower and to explore the abandoned property.

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A Shukla
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Just an incredible trail. We decided to do it clock- wise. Tried going up sugarloaf mountain but noticed some hikers turning around and they told us the trail is closed so we re-routed and cut across the red trail to the blue and white trail. We hiked approx 9.8 miles and it took us approx 7 hrs. Moderate pace and took a few breaks to take in the views and snacks. We decided not to climb up South beacon mountain and it turned out to be a great decision. Going down was challenging and it took us a good 2 hrs to go down the rocky section and was almost dark by the time we got out. I’m sure there are people who will do it much quicker but thought of mentioning it since it’s not “easy”. A total body workout. Overall, it’s a great hike and the views are incredible. We are thinking to do it again and this time, we’re going counter clock-wise!!

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ersula Wang
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Just the first one mile is a little challenging but the rest is ok.

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kazi siam
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It was a good hike. Extremely tiring. It is a hard trail.

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Varun Chennamadhava
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joby joseph
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This is a beautiful trail and definitely not an easy one. There is a lot of scrambling up the boulders in the first mile. After that it is easier, but never really very flat. So be prepared for a difficult hike. This suggestion is for recreational hikers (there are plenty this year) ! You will get really amazing views of the Hudson, so it is every bit worth the effort. The trail can get confusing. This is what we followed. Start at Breakneck Ridge Trail(white blaze). It is off Route 9D past the station just before the underpass. Follow this white blazed trail. Initial section is hard, lot of scrambling up the boulders. Follow the white blazed trail for about 4 miles where it meets Wilkinson trail(Yellow). This is where the South Beacon loop section of the map starts. The loop is about 1.2 miles. We took the Yellow blaze (.6 miles) then Red (.2 miles) and White (make a left on the Red/White intersection) to South Beacon. Follow the White trail down back to complete the loop. You can do the other way. White trail up to South Beacon is very hard. If you like to climb up steep you can take the White trail. After completing the loop take the Yellow trail back. At around 5.7 miles the trail map gets confusing. The section intersects with Notch trail(Blue blaze), take the Yellow/Blue. Alltrails showed 'off map' alert briefly in this section, there probably has been some rerouting here. Follow the Yellow/Blue until where the Blue splits from the Yellow. Always be on the Yellow trail. We skipped the 'Sugarloaf Mountain' overlook as the viewpoints are still closed. It is about another 2 miles to the road from the Sugarloaf Mountain overlook. Enjoy the hike!

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Tushar Gaddi
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Very fun hike but not for beginners unless they are looking for a challenge. All parts of the body get used. Hiking boots help a lot to find grip. Coming down is not marked that well. Make sure to have this app!

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David Heinowitz
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Sean Hughes
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The initial scramble is so much fun! It’s also great because the hardest part is over once you’re up breakneck. Great views from the fire tower, was able to see NYC skyline. With stopping for lunch, multiple other breaks for the views and having a member of my party with a bad knee... it took 5.5 hours, however sugarloaf was closed for wildlife protection. Enjoy

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David Bolen
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