Breakneck Ridge Loop

Breakneck Ridge Loop, Cold Spring: Address, Phone Number, Breakneck Ridge Loop Reviews: 4.5/5

Breakneck Ridge Loop
4.5
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ZhuZhu L
New York City, NY257 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
The beginning of the hike requires tremendous climbing, the view on the top is amazing, and there are many ways to come back.
Written June 11, 2021
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BlueHero
New Jersey236 contributions
Dec 2020
Generally considered as the best one along Hudson valley because it is challenging and has amazing views, Breakneck ridge trail is always super crowded in summer, especially on weekends. In contrast, it was so quiet in winter that one could have all the beautiful views just to self. Even before the forcasted Nor'easter snow storm coming in, high mountains were already covered by snow. The gentle sunlight in winter further made everything look so peaceful and graceful. On top of the lookout tower on south beacon mountain, it was the true 360-degree panoramic view of extended ranges and Hudson river.

Overall, it was indeed a wonderful hiking experience. Of course, hiking a steep trail during winter is more demanding than in Summer, so it is really for those prepared and capable.
Written December 16, 2020
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Heather
3 contributions
Nov 2019
A fantastic hike. Wonderful views and a real range of walking in a day.

The start is by far the most challenging section, if you are really unsure about whether this hike is for you, you could always go along to the start and have a look - it's pretty clear from the trail start what you are going to have to do!

An initial steep, reasonably long but very fun rock scramble (boulder type rocks, difficult for small people!) then beautiful walking along the ridge before heading down into the forest full of autumn colours.

We went in October and the light was failing by the time we made it back to the main path at the bottom - be very careful of the daylight and make sure you have lights and keep track of where you are on the map - there are a lot of paths!
Written October 25, 2020
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Dee
1 contribution
Oct 2020 • Friends
If you want to go hiking at this park please go early. My friends and I got lost and it got soo dark to the point we was stuck in the woods for hours and waited for a police to recuse us.. going up took us 2 hours and please follow the signs on the trees
Written October 5, 2020
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Marie Z
1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Solo
Locals are pretty annoyed by having to stop for idiot out of towners who think the road and the trail is their playground. The road by the trail is a high speed road and you can lose your life if you underestimate this fact. This trail is NOT for everyone. It is NOT like going to the beach or central park for the day. So so many hikers need to be rescued and locals are tired of having to wait for your dumb asses to get out of the way because you don't know what you are doing. Stay in the city and stop ruining this area for others. People aren't going to keep being nice if you get lost and wind up on their lawn. Do not walk there. IT IS PRIVATE PROPERTY. Cold Spring is a very small town by the way and streets are closed off on weekends because too many out of towners are flooding the area. The hike is very dangerous and falling rocks are also inevitable. Be safe, be smart.
Written August 30, 2020
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pearlita2008
11 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
if you are afraid of heights, don’t have proper footwear or like to hike with poles stay clear of this place. It is incredibly dangerous and difficult.
Written August 26, 2020
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Cheryl Lynn
8 contributions
Aug 2020
Thought I was in shape till I climbed to the top. This is definitely not an easy hike. The first half was all rock climbing and some of the rocks were straight rocks. The views were amazing and it definitely was worth the climb. We did the full loop(there is an easier version)......we followed the white to the red. White to yellow is the shortened version. We plan to go back and do the full hike through breakneck which is almost 10 miles I’ve heard. We didn’t have enough time this time so we will start sooner next time. We are looking forward to going back
Written August 16, 2020
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mirmirandronnie
Cold Spring, NY45 contributions
Jul 2020
Local lifelong hiker here. Writing reviews, not to scare people away but because it seems since the start of COVID that we have been inundated with hikers, many of them first timers to the area and to hiking in general. First. There is litter and graffiti everywhere, of a level I've not seen before. People are not wearing masks or maintaining good social distance. Please clean up after yourselves and pick up trash if you see it. Second, a lot of people come wearing flip flops or basic shoes. Breakneck Ridge is, as the name suggests, full of vertical scrambles and rocky paths. Please, please wear proper footwear and do not stray from the paths. The undergrowth is dense and we have had people unable to find their way back to the trail. Which brings me to the final point: dear "lost hikers," YOUR MAP APP/GPS IS WRONG. We have so many hikers wandering and even driving onto private property because they followed their map apps and not the street signs. Lake Surprise and the spur going up to Half Moon are PRIVATE ROADS. You cannot access the trail from them! Police have been and will be called on trespassers. At first locals were nice but some tourists took it too far and ruined it for everyone. Just a suggestion, if you see a house with a grill on the porch, something that looks like a lawn, a driveway or a swimming pool....it is not there for public use! Please follow street signs and not your phone.
Written July 18, 2020
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Richard S
2 contributions
Apr 2020
As the Supervisor of the Town of Philipstown, the home of most of the trails that lead to Breakneck and beyond I implore you to find another area to hike during the Covid 19 outbreak. We are literally being over-run with visitors most of whom are not adhering to any of the social distancing protocols. Since the suspension of most weekend rail service the roads are jammed with visitors and our only market stripped bare after the weekend onslaught. I can not understand how anyone could find it enjoyable to be on a single lane trail in a line with thousands of other hikers. It is a beautiful place but the visitors are killing it. The trails are destroyed, there is trash every where and many feel compelled to leave behind so much graffiti that it can be seen from across the river. If you love the environment then give this area a rest because you are loving this place to death.
Written April 21, 2020
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Lia Gagliardi
New Haven, CT17 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Love this hike!!! However, NOT an easy hike. Would not recommend for young kids or dogs. The mountain is very steep and rocky from the get-go.
Written March 5, 2020
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