Breakneck Ridge Trail

Loop • 9.6 mi • 1500 ft

In Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from river-level to roll along a knobby ridge, gathering vistas and reaching a lookout. Special Attractions: Hudson river, Shawangunk, and Catskill Mountains vistas; old fire lookout tower; mixed forest; mountain laurel and spring and summer wildflowers. Expect some hand-over-hand rock scrambles and wear boots that protect ankles. High winds and rain increase risk of the rocky ascent.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Beacon
Length: 9.6 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Strenuous
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: New York State Parks, Taconic Region
Local Maps: New York-New Jersey Trail Conference map, East Hudson trails.
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Relaxing, Charming, Natural Trail; Enjoyed it so very much!


Fabulous views some of the best i've seen in this park of NY. The beginning is a straight very steep climb, hand over hand pushing your way up. Once at the top you can take an easier way down then you went up or you can continue on the white trail which will take to a a few others trail or to the fire tower which is what we did. This was much further then we thought it would be. Once we got to the tower we were pretty tried and running low on water which was worried sum because we still had to decent back down on the yellow to breakneck train station. Our decent was confusing and not marked clear enough, we made some wrong turns which ate up time. Bring more water then you think. Give youself more time then you think you will need. The best part of this hike is the beginning assent to the top. Not sure if is worth going to the tower from breakneck. There are other hikes you can do that are much shorter which will bring you to the fire tower .They will also be very steep in the beginning aswell but shorter in length vs getting there from breakneck. All in all this is a strenuous hike with rewarding views which are worth it!

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