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I really enjoyed this trial and glad my girl picked it out as the one we're doing that weekend (June 10th) because it was my first hike in a while. I give this 5 stars because it wasn't crowded, and I feel like it could be enjoyed by hikers at every level. It's rated as moderate but I would rate this trail as a high easy to low moderate. Some great views on the initially 2 miles up as well as some rock climbing and weaving in and out of the woods. Super cool! We headed up towards North Point and passed a few young kids like 4-5 year olds that were cruising along loving the outdoors. It was a beautiful day out and it had rained the past few days so we passed Katerskills on the drive up from NYC and the falls were flowing baby!! As we started out on our hike we saw this beautiful huge doe that was just walking along probably about 30-40 yards away from us.

Got to North Point which the last quarter mile was nice and up!! We ate some lunch, took in the views and chatted with the super friendly, detailed oriented, and informative Steward (I'm so sorry I forgot your name) that was just their to watch over us hikers and answer questions. The bugs this hike were pretty bad but they don't seem to bother me like some others but always have some repellent in your backpack.

I think my favorite part of the hike by far was the walk down Mary's Glenn back to the lake and the campgrounds where we parked. We were warned that it was muddy and a bit more challenging and it was so that's for the tips from the guys at batmans cave. It was wet and a bit muddy but for most of the trail we walked along water, through water, over water, rock hopped (so much fun). Saw a few small waterfalls and the constant sound of flowing water was beautiful and the woods were so serene. We did the 5 mile loop and all in all it was great!

Would definitely recommend this hike to anyone for sure!

hiking
8 hours ago

This was my 3rd time hiking Breakneck and last time was 4 years ago. I would give this trail a low 4 rating but on the difficulty I would not rate this a hard trail. In my opinion Its a high moderate. The initial rock scramble up the 1st mile is challenging don't get me wrong but it's also fun. It's not a "stay away from" kind of trail. It's crowded on weekends of course but it is what it is. We saw a few kids also hiking it (ages 9-13). But it is one of the best if not the best trail that public transportation will get you to ($29 round trip).

We hoped the first Metro North train out at 6:45 and 90 minutes later it's go time. It was hot as balls Saturday also but common sense says always bring water (that's a no brainer on any hike) and some food or snacks. After the initial accent up and checking out the awesome views at different spots and instead of doing the 6 mile loop we decide cut off right. We took Notch Trail to Washburn to Undercliff and end up hiking right into Cold Spring where the trail ends right next to an old creepy cemetery (so cool!). In the end we ended up hiking 7.5 miles. We were so glad we made that choice because we ended up running into this old rock farmhouses and some other structures as
Well. For a good mile or more their were also rock walls lining the path that have to be so so old!

The trail we took and you can see it on the map I posted was so much less crowded also. From Notch on the rest of the hike was easy (literally a walk in the park) in some spots and low moderate in others with most of it through the woods and forest. You go down a ways and then a gradual long slow windy hike back up to 1300ft wit some more amazing views before the final decent into Cold Spring.

We got to chill out after the hike and had an awesome lunch at Cold Spring Depot (burgers and truffle fries - two thumbs up) and then stopped at Moo Moos (I think I had one of the best hot fudge sundaes in my life - place is worth a visit) and hopped the train back to NYC - easy breezy.

So if your looking to mix it up a bit I highly recommend this trial for sure. Thanks!

Excellent hike Short hike with an amazing view. Good for all ages- experience.

hiking
13 hours ago

Well marked trail, easy access points to the lake, interesting terrain

It was a great tail to enjoy wonderful view just for one hour walk.
The path is rocky, so l recommend you to use hiking shoes.

I did the 4 mile loop. Around the trailhead there's a sign that suggests a popular route following the markers white -> yellow -> red.
That's the one I followed since I arrived later in the day was time-conscious. The white trail is the ascent, which was really the most strenuous​ part. Incredibly fun and challenging with multiple lookout points with great views. Since this part is moreso rock scrambles the trail markers are often substituted with spray painted arrows on the rocks themselves. The yellow trail is more of a descent that goes around and under the cliff-side as you approach a stream. Red follows the stream back to the main road and has a beautiful waterfall along the way. Definitely recommend, but bring extra water and be aware that it's tough for a 4 mile trail.

Great hike for those in between beginner and intermediate, gradual incline and is lengthier than most Fire Towers. As stated by others, the loop is well worth it. Someone stated below to beware of a mountain lion, this is NOT TRUE. One was spotted in 2010 and later located in Connecticut (deceased). The northeast has not had eastern cougars in 70+ years.

Great views! You definitely want to do the entire loop. Waterproof boots a must.

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16 hours ago

We picked up this trail on Markham Hollow road, the trail switch-backed up and over Labrador Hill, we traveled through a lot of interesting landscapes and ended up at Tully-Truxton Rd 3.5 miles later. Out and back made this a 7 mile hike. Was fun to do with my dogs. This trail also picks up on the other side of Markham Hollow road, looks like it goes through the Labrador pond area and picks back up again on the other side of 91. I assume it also connects with the Jones Hill look out trail, also trails to Tinker falls.

Did the loop as an clockwise overnighter staying at Feldspar after summiting Mt. Marcy. Was a beautiful hike and the views from atop Marcy are breathtaking. Liked the clock-wise direction because it gave us plenty of time to enjoy Marcy and then having more time at gorgeous Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake the next day. Wasn't easy and it's not a hike if you're looking for solitude during the summer months, but it's a trip that I'd happily do again.