There are other routes to the top (you can see the Hudson Highlands trail map linked in the “Resources” section above), but your proposal is a good way to do it. Now find someone to show all your awesome pictures. Hiked Breakneck today for the 2nd time this season and it was absolutely beautiful out. It’s a cool place to explore. It made me really happy that I got up early rather than sleeping in. Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference homepage, https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hudson-valley-trail-closures-and-parking-restrictions-due-to-covid-19/#comment-7597, https://www.nynjtc.org/news/how-hike-healthy-responsibly, https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2019/05/16/breakneck-ridge-trailhead-reopen/3698684002/, https://hikethehudsonvalley.com/hikes/breakneck-ridge/#comment-1567, http://nynjtc.org/news/protecting-north-americas-most-popular-hiking-destination, http://highlandscurrent.com/2017/09/15/breakneck-close-repairs/. Sounds like you’re in much better shape than me! And yes, Breakneck is still very, very crowded on weekends, and I would recommend not attempting it on a weekend unless you get there VERY early. Thanks a lot. Everyone should be concerned about Covid 19 especially when crammed on a single path trail with thousands of others in such close contact. Thanks Guys! Hopefully, everybody’s fit. The views are breath taking. I spent a year in Israel doing some crazy hikes, but always with a guide. Thank you for creating the topic, will keep an eye on it! Some people have some difficulty, especially as you get closer to the first peak at the flag. I think photo ops may be very good at sunrise, but how to get up there that early is a question – maybe the back route which is covered in the latter half of the hike description above – do it in reverse in the dark??? Great physical workout and challenge straight up. This Town and the environment need time to recover. The park's most well known trail - Breakneck Ridge was rated by Newsweek as one of the top 10 day hikes in America. Below are links to descriptions of two of the most popular hikes. Good advice! (I also thanked you in a Facebook post on September 15, which caused a bit of a stir as word starting getting out.) It is a pretty rigorous climb. The two mile walk just to GET to the rock scramble at Mohonk has me a little wary of Mohonk – how would you compare the two if my main goal is to climb on some rocks? You should be good to go. As a reminder, we all have a responsibility when exploring nature to … I’ve done it many times and followed the blue or yellow (shorter) trail back to Cold Spring after the ascent. self. Great article. We altered the parks department and said the first part of the hike is owned by the MTA and they won’t stabalize the path. Yikes! Breakneck Ridge Trailhead in the Hudson Highlands State Park will reopen this weekend. Good luck if you give it a go! Oh my, I feel terrible about not being specific about it and you had to go thru the slideshow. Hey Mike just wanted to point out that I just found out that Breackneck Ridge is not yet closed, and won’t be until Spring 2018! This extended circuit is about 10 miles round trip, has almost 3,000 feet total elevation gain, and typically takes between 5 and 7 hours to complete. Updated: May 2019 The partners spearheading creation of the Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail are preparing for commencement of construction on the Breakneck Connector. Since we won’t have a car, we don’t need to do the loop, so thought about mixing it up. It’s scary for most of them but more importantly dangerous. Is the hike safe for not experienced hikers? Carefully cross the street once you get back to your car. Is the trail totally open from the normal entry point? I forwarded this comment to a NYS Parks trail coordinator, who sent it to the park managers at the Trail Conference. Breakneck Ridge Warning! After 30-60 minutes, depending on how leisurely you’re strolling, the Red Trail dead-ends into the Wilkinson Memorial Trail, marked in yellow. If you find this free trail guide useful, please provide payment by picking up at least one piece of litter on your hike. is it safe to hike this trail now? Trail maps can be obtained at most trailheads and the Hudson Highlands office. Just good boots, you take the white trail up, easier staying to the left, nice hike on white and you can always go to the right for a more difficult climb, venture off trail for some abandoned building,s nice Hike , we go on weekdays because it can get busy on weekends, going next monday. From NYC, take Metro North to the Breakneck Ridge stop. The point I’m trying to make: This hike is steep. You could probably make a living shuttling hikers from the Cold Spring station to the area’s various trailheads. If anyone is remotely afraid of heights, would not recommend this hike, as you’ll have a problem if someone freezes. Much appreciated, Mike. Any thoughts on whether we should be concerned about Covid 19? You must be fit though. Might be worth reaching out to them, anyway. When I looked at a bigger screen and realized what was going on in that shot, I deleted it from my Facebook timeline, which is probably why you can’t find it there anymore. RECOMMENDED ROUTE I’m a bit confused- to the Xs point the way to steeper or less steep options? is it still crowded? Hiking: Breakneck Ridge, Hudson Valley New York (Phone pics) | life on macro. Incidentally, has anyone ever called this bridge the Hamilton Fish Bridge, like it says on the sign as you cross it? A few notes I’d like to add: – Two separate “X” trails. Can you explain exactly what you saw? The trailheads are about three miles apart. Does anyone have any idea for how long? After reading your site I was planning to do alone but both of my kids were crying while I was leaving. But overall, it’s fine. 3/14/20. Fires up and down Breakneck Ridge illuminated the night sky and drew crowds of concerned onlookers, watching from around southern Dutchess and Putnam counties, and across the Hudson River. That’s not an issue (unless you don’t want them to get muddy) and, unless conditions are very slippery, sneakers are probably better because they’re lighter than boots. It was a great hike and a lot of fun with amazing scenery. The hike is very dangerous and falling rocks are also inevitable. coming down. Thanks for posting here, HB, and I’ll do my best to keep the trail guide updated with the latest. My buddy cheated by having me pick him up, and I drove us to the trailhead. All in all, I ended up seeing 3 people and a dog at one of the most popular hiking spots in the hudson valley, and was able to get in nearly 4 miles and a nice rest on the payoff in 2 and a half hours. Breakneck Ridge is a mountain about two hours outside of Manhattan between Beacon and Cold Spring – the hike spans two counties. You’ll likely find a wide range of opinions on this topic, and I know it can be a hot-button issue locally. (he is not a bad hiker… He’s done mohonk mountain and loved it) any advice? The comments here have been far more helpful than any of the news sources. The overflow parking is just a little further north. If you visit Breakneck on a weekend, the excellent trail steward from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference will be on-hand to provide advice (more info on that program here: https://www.nynjtc.org/stewards), Buried in the comments below, you’ll also find a discussion where one hiker reported having a positive experience with some a local guide outfit that runs trips from NYC (perhaps they could offer advice on Bannerman, too? Hope I’m still motoring up Breakneck when I’m 70+, too. Several great vantage points to shoot Bannerman’s Castle. Also, the Internet tells me that I should have said “a rafter of turkeys,” but somehow that seems like the only way to talk about turkeys and be pretentious at the same time.). However, the view with snow is breathtaking. 2. The hike is actually no more dangerous than it has been for several years now. Also there are certain rocks that almost everyone passes and touches when going up that route. Are guides readily available at this site? 10. See that guy on the cliff in the picture above? Hope that helps! They always have a ton of great expeditions in the queue. There were several spots where my pooch Memphis needed a boost, and I honestly don’t see how a dog would get over some of those spots without being picked up and placed on top of the rocks. The gentle sunlight in winter further made everything look so peaceful and graceful. Hope you have some great hikes this year, and thanks for the nice words! This hike is dangerous when wet. Light gloves are good idea. THANK YOU!!! City hikers – please use common sense when taking a trip up here from Brooklyn to hike. Apparently HB saw the boulder sliding on April 13th. Does anyone know of an individual or company that offers guided tours for Breakneck Ridge? Thanks again! Hope that helps! (I know you would do this, Ceem, but I did accidentally share a photo of two people sitting in the tree on this site’s Facebook page. I think I’m going to try and find a cab or uber from the CS station. My friends’ black lab made it just fine, but that dog also needed to be hoisted in a couple of spots. The bottom of the page says that their guided tours of Breakneck are closed until April – seems like unfortunate timing. Bull Hill wasn’t a problem for me, but walking a treeless outcropping while viewing the river below is going to be problematic! In total the loop took us nearly 4 hours. Man, keeping the links on this site current is tough, especially when New York State switches its URLs around every year or so, just to keep me on my toes. Follow up to previous comment. The Breakneck Ridge trail can be completed in a variety of ways, as it does connect with a few different trails in the park. How much more difficult is Breakneck than these? We are 70+ years old and used alternative routes to reach the top. Really appreciate you dropping this comment here – cheers to you as well! It might not actually be along the trail. The information that you provided was perfect. Is the Breakneck Ridge metro-north station open on weekends? Oh, of course! The views and rocks are spectacular. It is by far the most difficult hike I have ever done. The NY-NJ Trail Conference has not issued any updates, so I am assuming the trailhead is still open. Possible, yes, but not easy. (For New York City hikers, there’s also a Breakneck Ridge MTA stop right across the street from the trailhead, with a limited weekend-only schedule. Let me start this by saying hiking Breakneck Ridge in the Hudson Valley is NOT easy. Now I need to decide if it’s worth the 2 hour train ride to see if it’s possible. Just a word of advice for anyone hiking for the first time: bring lots of water and snacks. Pingback: Romance in the Hudson Valley ~ Dogs too! While my first trip here didn’t feel as difficult as today, I think part of that was that I subconsciously followed the people in front of me, and was able to see where they grabbed and stepped. The course at Breakneck Point is quite remarkable. This is near Tunnel. Awesome! We don’t run any guided hikes here at the moment, but you’ll find a great group of local hikers here: http://www.meetup.com/hvhikers/. That article can be found here: https://www.nynjtc.org/news/how-hike-healthy-responsibly. Okay, I just posted a topic there to get it started – hope other people will chip in some winners! Thanks! Breakneck Ridge is my favorite hiking spot in the U.S. (second only to Glymur, a waterfall hike in Iceland) and is the most technically difficult one I've completed, period. The limited schedule would only give me about three hours of hiking time, or just enough time for one of … This is not good. I’ve added a SUPER-MEGA-UBER ALERT at the top of this trail guide. Breakneck Ridge is a 2,771 m green singletrack trail located near Cherokee North Carolina. (And here’s a quick primer on Leave No Trace, too, to help us keep the trails nice and fresh for each other.). Hikers no longer allowed on Breakneck and Anthony’s Nose On Tuesday (April 21), the state parks department announced it has closed all trails on Breakneck Ridge, Anthony’s Nose and Mount Taurus (Bull Hill), as well as at Little Stony Point and Indian Brook Falls in Philipstown. No offense, but if you are a heavyweight, do not do this trek. So, I got in touch with Chase at Xcelerated Adventures for my tour. If you check it out, have fun! On a side note, on the listing of trails, would it be possible to add a list of hikes that can be reached without a car? This looks amazing! later another crash which my daughter saw, I heard. Snow on Breakneck I enjoy Breakneck Ridge all year, but it is always special in winter. I haven’t heard any word on when a potential closure may occur (and if someone reading this knows something I don’t, please share!). We went this morning when it was about 64 degrees with barely any people around. !…reach the top. Super-cool Google Earth flyover of hike route: Related resources:  If you’re looking for actual facts and/or useful information, visit these pages: Want to support trails in the Hudson Valley? I think I’m going to try and find a cab or uber from the CS station. **WARNING** While most Hudson Valley parks and trails have reopened, there are still a few notable closures and parking restrictions to be aware of. 8. I’ve fixed the links above so that you no longer need to know which park to select – the links will take you right to a PDF trail map, just like they used to do. I know. Good to know we can still hit Breakneck from Washburn and Undercliff, although the best parts are closed. So we have never hiked before, let alone climb rocks and so this was definitely an eye opener. That’s really where the best views are. Nothing changed from the time the boulder moved to two weeks later when the trail was closed. When hiking up the white trail (the most common route) it is necessary to touch the rocks to climb up. Do not walk there. Of course, doing it on a crowded weekend puts a damper on the entire experience (at least for me). (Also, the rest of the loop doesn’t require any dog-carrying. You don’t need to do technical climbing for the harder (non-alternate) route but you should be very experienced or at least go with someone who is so you can be leveraged ever upward. It was also fun looking across the way at Storm King thinking “a few weeks ago I climbed that mountain and was looking back over here at Breakneck…”. The sign at the Breakneck Ridge trailhead said, “This is not just a walk in the park.” This is odd. This is the overflow parking as you mentioned. Is there any where to park? People in some of the hiking groups on social media were having trouble nearby with just microspikes before this storm hit. I’ve never done that route before, but on the map, it looks doable, assuming you are in really good shape and up for climbing both Breakneck Ridge and Bull Hill. Jovan, if you’re worried about bring sweaty and stinky in the local restaurants, don’t be. After a storm had left the Mid Hudson Valley with 10 inches of snow or so, conditions seemed right for a back yard outing in the Hudson Highlands. Sounds like a great day either way — hope you enjoy it! Hi, Jen! The Hudson River Valley is such a lovely place. I took him there yesterday and he LOVED it (as did I). I know its weird but id love to go visit Breakneck Ridge again just to see that tree hehe! With multiple cliff overlooks and ever-expanding views the entire way up, this hike is not to be missed. The steepness of the rocks can be tiring for many hikers, even if you are in great shape. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Fabulous hike! I see ruins on the map..intriguing…. We are runners and are in reasonably good shape (running 5K at least 5 times a week). Breakneck Ridge Is Staying Open Through Peak Season. When will it be close for renovation? The views are fantastic! Thank you! Stop by to say hello !! Thanks, all! Wanted to share few thoughts on the trail guidance. hi Normally we do the W-R-Y path and it takes about 2 hours. So there are two issues. Now I carry as much water as I can carry. Yes, that tree is on Sugarloaf, right next to Breakneck. Would be a wonderful hike to do on a weekday, though! I’d also like to do a kayak tour to Bannerman Castle – any suggestions on the best place to stay to do both (will probably need to use Ubers/taxis/buses to get around…) And thanks so much for providing payment — let me express appreciation of behalf of everyone who won’t have to look at that litter now. This trail is NOT for everyone. ** Breakneck is open again! Mike, thanks so much for putting this website together. Did this hike today (a Wednesday). This did save me a lot of time of finding the entrance and trial sign. 7. Tell me about these rock scrambles on Breakneck… I did the rock scrambles on Brace Mountain II (south Taconic Trailhead), and though it was terrifying, I did it! They are also available digitally on Avenza PDF Maps. And thank you for letting me know where it is! Hi Mook — looks like this is pretty well contained exclusively to Breakneck. The name Breakneck Ridge is a little intimidating, and it does live up to its name. Thanks. Really appreciate you posting this here! Really hoping its nice tomorrow and I will be going on this trek! How does Breakneck compare to that in terms of difficulty/steepness? Breakneck to Close for Repairs – http://highlandscurrent.com/2017/09/15/breakneck-close-repairs/. (See the map link in Step 1 of the trail guide, or in the Related Resources section.). I’ve done most of the hikes in Hike the Hudson Valley with a baby on my back, but I’d never attempt that here. If you’re up for that stroll, I suppose it’s possible, but that’s a pretty long road trek. You’ll have traveled about a mile, though it seems more like ten. 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