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Great as ever

A little bit of ice, but easily avoided

Fun hike. Fairly steep incline. Great cardio workout. Windy up at fire tower but great views. Want to try and take the yellow trail next time and do the loop since I’ve done the fire tower twice. As previously mentioned in another review, watch the red markers coming down. Easy to go off trail.

Loved this hike!! First time I've used the Fishkill Ridge trailhead and I wasn't disappointed..went on an early Saturday morning and had the trail all to myself. Will definitely return to this trail

A welcome change of pace from the usual Mt. Beacon trail, which is over-used and always crowded. Hiked on a December weekend and only ran into other people at the summit. The trail does make up for it in length though, so only hike when you have 3-4 hours to spare.

The unmarked woods trail at 1.3 miles is a little hard to spot. The blue trail will turn right and immediately pass a stone wall. You can now turn left onto the woods trail which follows the eastern side of the stone wall.

If you want an extra challenge and don't mind a little rock scrambling, take the loop counter-clockwise and use the White trail on the final approach for South Beacon. This will lead you to a rewarding viewpoint 10 minutes before you reach the summit.

As everyone else says, the first bit is intense! Wear good boots and be ready to use your hands. A lot.

No one else on the trail on a chilly November afternoon.

We tried to take the first trail to the left about a mile up to get back to the road. Could not find the trail, even though the app says we crossed it two times!

A great day out.

Still great & no ice to deal with

Flat, easy, and for the most part well maintained trails. There are a couple really nice views of the river, and if you go up to Madam Brett Park there’s a nice marsh, little waterfall, and old factory. It’s a fun option for when you want to get outside but don’t want to trek up a whole mountain. Nothing spectacular.

This hike gets crowded on weekends, as many city folk can take Metro-North right to the trailhead. The map shows this as an out-and-back trail, but there is a loop back to 9D that doesn’t have you traverse back down the rock climb (take the white trail to the red markers- you will see a sign that tells you to head left back to 9D/parking lot). I did this hike in November, and there was snow-ice at the top, but it was not too bad.
There are four peaks, each a better view than the last. Climbing up to the first peak is the most difficult, but the views are unparalleled.
Wear good treds with ankle support!

Relatively easy hike, following a red and yellow blaze trail. On the weekends lots of people hike part of this trail to get to the fire tower, which offers great views over the entire area. Beyond the fire tower it gets quite.

The trail itself is awesome, especially the first 1.5 miles. But the crowds are out of control.

This is a very nice trail but I agree with the reviewer before me that is was difficult to find the un-marked trail down. So much so - I couldn’t find it with the lack of leaves and vegetation. So had to walk all the way back and I was not planning for such a long hike.

Otherwise it’s a very nice hike with some great view spots and not a ton of people like some of the surrounding peaks.

If you’re heavy or out of shape this will be a difficult hike for you. The first 1.25 mile is a 75 degree rock scramble where you are literally on your fours the entire time. It’s exhilarating if you’re a regular hiker. I hiked all the way up to the fire tower on the white trail & it is totally worth it.

Do not come back on the yellow trail - that adds another 6 mile to your hike most of it downhill.

Great hike on a beautiful fall day. Start early to avoid the crowds. This one is some work, but the views are well worth it.

Great workout. Did the trail to the tower and back on the yellow trail. 10 miles, but so worth it. Was a gorgeous day. From the top of breakneck to the fire tower I did not come across any other people, but I did start at 7:40. The yellow trail coming back was quite wet from all the rain we had, but very pretty with the fall colors and the running streams. This was my first time doing the yellow trail on this side of the mountain and I had to back track a few times to find the yellow markers and use my GPS. So if this is your first time, be on the lookout for yellow markers. Well worth it, but it's quite a workout.

Just did this hike. It was awesome definitely the right amount of challenge with great views along the way. The way up is the perfect amount of incline, but is a little congested with people going to see the fire tower and come back down. Once you go into yellow/white/blue territory you barely see other hikers.
In doing that loop we got lost a few times (we are seasoned hikers). As mentioned in other comments, where the blue and the yellow meet it is very confusing and if you follow the blue you will be taking yourself off of the trail entirely. You need to follow the stream down on unmarked trail until you intersect with white (at a very obviously paved intersection) which will then take you to yellow again to get down.

Worth doing again and again and again.

Breathtaking hike. Except that it’s no joke. It’s as hard as it gets with great rewarding views! You might think you are done but it is a long stretch of rock scrambling. I did the white trail and then red trail which then led to a waterfall immediately after which there was the yellow trail.

Love LOVE this trail. Such a great workout. Can be very difficult if your are not used to resistance or using your knees, pulling yourself up. The views up here are breath taking. I enjoy it mostly in the fall. The best part is visiting silver spoon for an amazing meal in cold springs

A short (about an hour one way) but steep hike! It gets pretty intense at times but the views up top are great. There are a lot of nice places to sit and look out. We got a bit lost on the way down so make sure you are always looking for the trail markers. Overall enjoyed the views and a nice burst of activity.

Had an awesome time. The white trail is a rock climbing at first, very challenging but for me it felt easy and fun. My first hike and out of shape but enjoyed it and I lead the way al the time :), it can be done!! Trail is well marked and easy to follow, even after a rainy day the hike was great and fun!! Views were breathtaking and will do it again and again! Fall views are amazing!!! Loved it!!

Amazing low/medium-difficulty trail. Super rewarding waterfall and forest views. Really well marked.

Breakneck more than deserves its positive reputation. The trail is extremely well marked and its accessibility via public transportation is amazing. It can be more or less challenging depending on the routes you pick, and while some hiking experience would be helpful, I think most moderately fit people could do it with ease. Definitely wear shoes with a good tread too, especially if you go in the fall when the leaves are down. Overall an awesome hike!

Still one of my favorite day hikes in the area.

Some really great views! Hell of a climb up and down though. I've done it twice so far. 100% wanna go again.

Lots of rock scrambling and the views are completely spectacular. One of the best hikes in the NY area.

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1 month 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!

We started from the Mt. Beacon park parking lot walked along the waterfall said and followed. It was amazing view, we really enjoyed it. But we got lost when we connected the blue to yellow. So we decided to get back to where we started but again. We ended up to the small parking lot.

Great, generally lightly traveled route to the casino and fire tower

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