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Sugarloaf via Wilkinson, Breakneck Bypass, and Notch Trails

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Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

Sugarloaf via Wilkinson, Breakneck Bypass, and Notch Trails is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cold Spring, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,889 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Forest River Views Wildlife
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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. This loop, although it involves part of the Breakneck Ridge Trail, does not climb up to the ridge using the rock scramble that constitutes the western part of this trail, but rather ascends via the Wilkinson and the Breakneck Bypass Trails, and descends on the Wilkinson Trail. Both ascent and descent are plenty steep in spots (so you’ll get some good cardio exercise!), but the only rock-scrambling is in just 2 spots - a short climb on the Breakneck Ridge Trail and a quite short section while descending from Sugarloaf. Vistas are fairly widely spaced, but quite beautiful. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to park right on NY Route 9D near the western terminus of the Wilkinson Trail (yellow blazes). Start up this trail, which moderately ascends along mostly an old road. After 0.7 miles, turn right onto the Breakneck Bypass Trail (red blazes), which is generally steeper. At 1.6 miles, you reach the Breakneck Ridge Trail (white blazes), onto which you turn left. Soon thereafter, there is a short climb to a beautiful vista, after which the Breakneck Ridge Trail, which is joined by the Notch Trail (blue blazes) at the 1.9 mile mark, makes several descents/ascents. At 3.3 miles, take a left turn to stay on the Notch Trail, and take another left turn at 3.4 miles onto the Wilkinson Trail going toward Rte 9D. After a fairly short ascent (leading to a couple of viewpoints to the north and west), this trail then commences a fairly lengthy descent (at times quite steep!), eventually crossing Cascade Brook. The slope becomes much less steep as you parallel the brook for a while and then cross a sometimes boggy flat area. At about 5.1 miles, you reach the start of a spur which ascends the ascent of the eastern slope of Sugarloaf. Once the trail levels out again, you immediately have nice views to the west and north. The trail then turns south to traverse the relatively flat top of Sugarloaf, leading to another great viewpoint to the west and south. At this point, you return the way you came up (because the trail going down the southern face of Sugarloaf is closed for an indefinite period), reaching the spur's beginning again at 5.9 miles. You then continue south on the Wilkinson Trail's main route, descending Sugarloaf moderately steeply until you cross another brook, after which the Wilkinson Trail mostly follows an old road. You’ll pass the Breakneck Bypass Trail (6.5 miles) and continue back to your starting point (7.1 miles).

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Jeff Natt
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HikingGreat!

Even though the Wilkinson Trail has been re-routed to avoid the top of Sugarloaf, the hike still has some amazing views. There are a few good vertical scrambles. A great route if you want to avoid the crowds at Breakneck.

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Rob Wunder
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alexis bruno
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Zisis Soulantzos
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Super hot/humid day. Tons of garbage. People are disgusting. We carried out two bags of garbage. ‘America’

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Evan Thompson
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I am the manager for Hudson Highlands State Park. Please change the description for this trail to reflect the fact that this trail is an out and back on the summit of Sugarloaf. There is no longer a need to slide down the descent.

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Liz Weeks
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HikingMuddy

Great trail even this late in season. Fallen leaves make descents slick and slow going, hiking boots are an absolute must. One part of the trail is closed, the early bit when you ascend to Sugar Loaf has a detour. You can still reach the viewpoint but will have to double back to the rest of the trail.

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Jenny Olbrich
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HikingScramble

I took yellow trail up the back side and it was a little sketchy with my older dog but it was a blast. Great cardio!

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Sudeep Jesani
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Hiking

Excellent route, well marked, with a couple of good views. We however clocked in at 6.9 miles, instead of the mentioned 5.5.

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Arik Torren
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Brad Burke
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Adam Novak
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An excellent route, although we would rate it as HARD and we clocked 7.5 miles in 4.5 hours. Beautiful changes to the trail, through a variety of different areas (woodland, nice vistas, etc). The last bit with the connection to the red trail we missed at first, hard to find and follow, but once you’re on it’s okay. Definitely recommended, but be prepared.

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Jen C
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This trail is super convenient to get to via Hudson line metro north. Heavily hiked trail, you are sure not to get lost. Next to the cute town of cold springs. No vendors around the station so be sure you’ve packed all that you need! Bring lots of water!

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Andrew Sklover
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Really enjoyed it on a really nice day!

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Jesse Goodrich
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Kayla Palmer
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Trail has a lot of variation. We did the full loop and it took about 4 hours. A tad more difficult and longer than planned.

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Brian M
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Hiked it with snow on the ground, some ice in spots. Went all the way to the Fire tower, 9 miles.

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

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M Janssen
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Several outlooks over the Hudson from different points along the trail. At a brisk pace, I completed this in 3 hours. Good workout.

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Bradley Oliver
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Great hike - lots of variety; long parts of the trail are super-rocky, but plenty of spots for great views! Took us 4 hours start to finish.

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Roxana Georgescu
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We started on the trail early morning, around 8.30am; it was still very foggy outside. After two days of rain, the path was quite muddy and the two streams, we passed on our way, were running high. At the intersection, where the actual loop starts, we took the path on the right (red circle) while the yellow circle, coming from the Sugarloaf mountain , we left it for our return. The trail was quite empty. By the time we cleared the forest, the fog cleared also and all the vistas of Hudson and surrounding mountains were quite nice. We recorded the whole trail and it is actually 6.2 miles long. We enjoyed the trail and the fact that it was well maintained.

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Elena Panove
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Wonderful hiking, with best views of the Hudson from sugarloaf mountain

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Terry Fichter
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Clean and very peaceful.Thanks all trails

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Marta Castaing
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Great views, dog friendly and barely trafficked on a humid day!

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Ryan Fiero
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Lightly trafficked route compared to breakneck ridge proper trail, but same stunning views.

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Calogero Zodiaco
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Good elevation gain and great views.. I like it

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Allison Langlois
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