The first 1+ mile of this trail is a steep ascent that takes you up a series of view points with panoramic views of the Hudson River and surrounding area. The next 1.7 miles follow the ridge line and offer a series of viewpoints to both the river and surrounding parkland before descending to an unused dirt road within the park. From the road the trail again ascends to Sunset Point (good view), descends to Squirrel Hollow Brook, and then ascends steeply to South Beacon Mountain.

A series of connector trails allows you to shorten or lengthen the hike. Two of the best options are to combine Breakneck with the Wilkerson Memorial Trail over Sugarloaf mountain to form a 5.5-mile loop. Or take Breakneck to the Notch Trail, which travels over Mount Taurus and descends the Washburn Trail (this is approximately 6 or 7 miles).

Directions: Take NY 9D two miles past Cold Spring to where Breakneck juts out into the Hudson. Just past the tunnel there is a small parking area. Overflow parking areas are available further up the road. You can also take Metro North Hudson line.

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Active and Adventure Review of Breakneck Ridge Trail

Away Travel Expert: Karen Berger
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  • Breakneck Ridge is the quintessential trail in the area, accessible via Metro-North from New York City.

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