Breakneck Ridge, Notch, Brook Loop

MODERATE 12 reviews

Breakneck Ridge, Notch, Brook Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beacon, New York that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
1,443 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips






This is the third of the loops involving the Breakneck Ridge Trail starting from NY Route 9D. After climbing up the first 3 peaks on the Breakneck Ridge Trail, you do a short descent, near the bottom of which you pass the Undercliff Trail (yellow blazes) on the right. Continue on the Breakneck Ridge Trail, which entails one longer climb, after which the trail has a number of shorter ups and downs. Continue on the Breakneck Ridge Trail past the intersection with the Breakneck Bypass Trail (red blazes) on the left. After a short climb, there is a moderately steep descent. Part way down, the Notch Trail (blue blazes) joins from the right. Turn right at this point. The Notch descends into the valley between Breakneck Ridge and Bull Hill/Mt. Taurus, at which point it turns right onto an old road, passing the ruins of the Cornish Farm cow barn on the left, right after which the trail turns left (off the old road), then right after crossing Breakneck Brook. Where the Notch Trail turns left (after a stone fence), stay straight on the Brook Trail (red blazes) along the brook. Shortly after the trail rejoins the old road, you will cross the Undercliff Trail, and then, at a Y-junction, stay right to stay on the Brook Trail. Once you reach a concrete driveway, the trail turns left, and, after passing a couple of stone ruins, turns right to descend to NY Route 9D, where you turn right to get back to your starting point.

19 days ago

Happy New Year!!!

21 days ago

Ended the year right!!

22 days ago

Never seen it so busy in December!

28 days ago

Essentially no ice; great

1 month ago

Bit of ice, but still easily avoidable

1 month ago

Great as ever

1 month ago

Still great & no ice to deal with

2 months ago

Fun trail! The first part is difficult and requires bouldering up the mountain, definitely have to be in decent shape to do this. I'm don't usual bolder and it took me little over an hour to get to the top. Coming down Notch Trail is moderate and the final leg of Brook Trail is easy. You'll come across multiple ruins toward the end of this loop and it's a lot of fun to explore and makes for some great photo ops!

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