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Breakneck Ridge Loop

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Beware with pups

I’ve done the Breakneck Ridge hike a few times but this was my first time with my dog. I have seen... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
Cindy R
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Great hike

This hike is not a walk in the park. It is very steep at times and honestly, dangerous. It's very... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
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“red trail”(7 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

I’ve done the Breakneck Ridge hike a few times but this was my first time with my dog. I have seen many others bring their dog so I figured we would be okay. We made it but I honestly wouldn’t recommend it unless your dog...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cindy R
Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

This hike is not a walk in the park. It is very steep at times and honestly, dangerous. It's very popular and very rewarding once you reach the top. The view from the top is unbeatable. I've hiked this easily 10-15 times already.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ellbelllll
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

I've done this hike many times over the last 20 years and its popularity has increased dramatically. It is challenging relative to other hikes in the area, particularly if you go up the face (white trail). It is a rock scramble with some precarious areas....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sher12550
Reviewed October 15, 2018

This is not for the faint of heart. Go to the bathroom before you ascend, bring drinking water and light snacks (it's 3 hrs at least), and dress appropriately for a hard climb.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brian G
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Went there for photography and didn't prepare a map. Google maps didnt work. This was my first hiking experience, and it was extreamly difficult. Read enough information before you go. I was lost for several times. I was in the mountain for six hours, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank yang s
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Had a fantastic hike at breakneck this weekend - took about 3.5 hours to complete the loop. a few tips: - go EARLY. i mean, the earlier the better. otherwise, expect crowds and waiting in-line to climb - put your valuables in ur backpack. don't...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank taylorg287
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We visited the town of Cold Spring this past weekend and wanted to do a small hike, and the Breakneck Ridge Loop was our choice. There's actually a shorter loop that takes only a few hours and has just as nice scenery if you don't...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank John A
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Rock scramble is an understatement — you will be climbing rocks, so ideally you should be flexible and reasonably strong! After the climb, we took the trail to the right that wound gradually down to Cold Spring for lunch

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 751martyk
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Bottom line: if you are experienced be next to the exit when you get out of the train otherwise you will be stuck behind a hundred people for the whole ascension. We took the 8:45 am train from grand central on Sunday. The hike is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Erik_from_France
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Did this hike today w a friend. We drove up from midtown Manhattan (about 1.5 hrs) and was able to find parking around 9:15 am right next to the trailhead. There is a small staff of people next to portapotties to ask questions and give...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank girlwhotraveled
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May 8, 2018|
Response from Sher12550 |
No. You don't need to be concerned about this. Plus, there are a ton of people there besides you if it's a nice weekend. Animals will generally avoid crowds of people
May 8, 2018|
Response from eldon pwwka c | Reviewed this property |
It can be if they are not athletic. There are easier trails to take. Be sure they wear right clothes and plenty of fluids
May 4, 2018|
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Response from eldon pwwka c | Reviewed this property |
They really are clueless as to when the trail will close for the connector work. Over budget and no contractor.