How did it go? I personally would not recommend the hike to inexperienced hikers. If you follow the trail explained above backwards, can you get to the views without the rock scramble? If anyone knows of a good cab service in Cold Spring, please illuminate us! Hi Michael — I’ve never tried that route, but it looks like a nice option if you’re looking to do a longer hike (W-BW-B-Y(left)). Hope this helps! It is also gorgeous and unforgettable. You can also subscribe without commenting. The route is still open, but be careful for the snow and water. 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 Breakneck Bypass Trail is closed. Can it be done in sneakers? Otherwise, awesome hike so close to population – right off Rte 9D. 11. 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. Are guides readily available at this site? No. Incidentally, has anyone ever called this bridge the Hamilton Fish Bridge, like it says on the sign as you cross it? It made me really happy that I got up early rather than sleeping in. Keep climbing, and eventually, this mountain will run out of bluffs to throw at you. I walked from the station to the trailhead before. Thanks. I’ve been hiking almost everyday prior to the event and since the event and after the “closure”. So detailed, and informative. Heather wrote a review Oct 2020. 3. In looking at the map, we were thinking of taking the Notch trail after the ruins and then taking the Washburn trail down to Little Stony Point to get some well deserved food in Cold Spring. First turn also has an official sign. At that time, I couldn’t find anything on the MTA site, other than an error when you try to search for train schedules at those stops, but it sounds unlikely that you’ll find those stops open anytime soon (and now I see the “temporarily closed” notice on the website, which is an improvement). If so, any idea of the distance and time on this trail? 12. Thanks! This is near Tunnel. Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. 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. I’ve always taken the yellow down. Loved it. So, I got in touch with Chase at Xcelerated Adventures for my tour. Glad the site has been useful for you. Everyone should be concerned about Covid 19 especially when crammed on a single path trail with thousands of others in such close contact. (And I’ll second the plug for the Avenza Maps app — just used it for the first time on a different hike, and it is really great to know exactly where you are at all times.). I hiked from breakneck to beacon back in 05 on a holiday weekend and not seeing that many people along the way. I wish you and your friends all the best! Just a note for dog owners: I live in Cold Spring and do this trail with my dog often, but she’s a Border Collie and kinda crazy athletic. good news is, after that steep hill up, its gets easier (after an hour and half worth a climb). No one was hurt, but when we approached the parks department, they said they know of the problem but can’t do anything because the MTA owns the section off the Breakneck Ridge stop all the way up to the flags for the initial scramble. Car sized boulders falling. Might be worth reaching out to them, anyway. While the firt trip up was great, having to wait for others to find their next move, and also having to navigate around people who decided they wanted to stop and look out at the Hudson before even reaching the flagpole, was frustrating at the least. When it feels like you’re at the top and you can’t see any more bluffs in front of you, you’re probably there. Do you recommend this mountain for people who have never hiked? Thanks for the info, G! Piles of slippery leaves, dry grass, etc. Robust discussion locally, but I seriously wish the parks department would step in. Any thoughts? Hope to see you there ♡ Beautiful and amazing photos of the scenery, what is the average time it took you to complete the trail? Philipstown’s Fair Street and Fishkill Road will be closed to parking. This did save me a lot of time of finding the entrance and trial sign. We are considering doing this hike on Friday, considering that Thursday will be a heavy rainy day. Looks amazing! I’ve done this hike on numerous occasions & absolutely love it! It covers jeep trails, single-track, historic estate paths, and winding single-track both open and technical. That guy saved me at least one dog-carry. Ive been to Storm King, Lake Minnewaska, Anthony’s Nose, Bull Hill, Mt Beacon, Bonticou Crags and Table rocks, Sam’s Point, Little Stony Point, Walkway over the Hudson and Croton Gorge Park all because of your very helpful guides! Thanks for the reminder to be careful here! Also because everyone has to touch the same surfaces to get to the top. The hike is actually no more dangerous than it has been for several years now. Do not climb the any portion below the flags until this hike is confirmed as more safe. In preparing this write-up, I gave Breakneck another shot, taking half a day off work to meet my buddy Rob, who hopped the train from Grand Central up to Cold Spring, about a mile south of the trailhead. Great physical workout and challenge straight up. to the beach or central park for the day. That’s awesome to hear! Your site helped me to understand where to see red and yellow trails and other alt routes. 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. Hey Justin — I don’t know anyone who has used these guys, but they reached out to me earlier this fall, and the site and write-up look pretty solid: Is this hike safe if it rains the day before? Does anyone know of an individual or company that offers guided tours for Breakneck Ridge? The gentle sunlight in winter further made everything look so peaceful and graceful. This is according to the NY-NJ Trail Conference., Thank you so much for the walk thru. I stopped to shoot every so often where there was an opening- caught some photos of cidadas in the trees along the way. (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. Is the trail totally open from the normal entry point? I took him there yesterday and he LOVED it (as did I). Fabulous hike! It has been extremely informative when planning hikes in and around the Hudson Valley. (Though I highly recommend visiting at an off-peak time — it has been extremely crowded here on weekend afternoons.). As others have warned and noted, this is a steep hike and definitely not for beginners. I think I’m going to try and find a cab or uber from the CS station. People in some of the hiking groups on social media were having trouble nearby with just microspikes before this storm hit. The station temporarily closed for the winter starting on December 2, 2019. So what’s the best way to do breakneck and get the most of the rock scramble part? Due to delays in starting construction on the Breakneck Ridge Connector Trail, the popular hiking spot will remain open at least through mid-spring. Now I need to decide if it’s worth the 2 hour train ride to see if it’s possible. The renovations are postponed until further notice. Which one did you take? Thoughts? I only have crampons (no axe). Heights are kind of part of the package with Breakneck, but the trail doesn’t force you to walk out to any cliff edges if you’d prefer not to. Can we do this with no special prep? Thank you for creating the topic, will keep an eye on it! 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. Hey Justin, I’m afraid I don’t know of an easy way to do it. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference offers concise, excellent advice on hiking during this crisis here: The New Hiking How-tos. There is actually a stop at Breakneck Ridge a handful of times per day. Follow up to previous comment. Would be a wonderful hike to do on a weekday, though! No pressure though. If you have a chance to pay a visit to Breakneck Ridge, don’t pass it up. From topo maps it appears the ascent might be less steep but the descent might be a bit more treacherous. I hike the trail almost everyday, so I was able to notice the big boulder was “out of place”. Breakneck is comparable to the steepest parts of Storm King — I expect you guys won’t have any issues, but I gave this one a 10 out of 10 difficulty rating so people would take it seriously. Thank you! 6. Breakneck trails are reopened as of Saturday Beautiful and challenging hike. Me and a group of friends are planning an early trip to Breakneck by rail during the weekend, but the MTA website says that the Breakneck Ridge stop is closed until further notice. We were lucky enough to come across some locals who knew the history of the place and had some photos of what the house looked like before the fire. Is the rock climbing described straight up a rock face or over boulders/onto ledges? That old tree is a local landmark – anyone who chooses to visit, please treat it with respect! I generally hike in sneakers. I’ve done this hike many times.. Do not walk there. I would definitely do this again! Let me know how close I got if you give it whirl! Is this a must-do if you are traveling with a, Is this a romantic place or activity that you would suggest for, Would you recommend this place or activity to a friend looking for an, Are the prices for this place or activity, Is this attraction a good place to visit on a, 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. Nope. It’s a cool place to explore. Good advice! Say it rains in the morning on Friday, will it be safe to hike on Saturday? What I found when I finally hiked Breakneck Ridge was a sense of surprise at how challenging and beautiful the trail was, even though it was just over an hour from the city. Stay safe out there, all! I would do Bull Hill instead. It is a SCRAMBLE and at times will need all extremities to achieve solid hand/foothold. Download the app and search for “Hudson Highlands North”, Thanks so much for the helpful updates, Josh! One of my friends suggested the hiking place and I came across ur site/blog. Will be looking forward to go on more runs. And of course, the views are multiple and spectacular. Background you can feel free to skip:  Until recently, I didn’t understand why Breakneck Ridge was such a wildly popular hike. Good luck if you give it a go! coming down. and about 100 other people who decided scrambling up the face of a mountain would be a good idea. A little nerve racking as we never rock scrambled before and we got a little frazzled at the end trying to follow the yellow train connected to Fire Tower lane (beware, a few trail markers are on downed trees and some sections near the small stream can get you lost). While driving to the tunnel destination my thinking was if it is difficult as mentioned in couple of sites I would just visit near by view point. 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. The trailheads are about three miles apart. Glad you had a great day out there, Gabe! The population of Philipstown doubled last weekend with a careless visitors crowding into every portion of the Town. When i was walking back to my car, the masses were finally starting to arrive and hit the trailhead. Everything you need to know about climbing Breakneck Ridge in Hudson Valley–the good, the bad and (yep), the ugly. The NY-NJ Trail Conference has not issued any updates, so I am assuming the trailhead is still open. Dawn gone good hot dogs. No matter what I avoid touching my face. The hikes nearby are beautiful otherwise, but do not hike this section of the trail. Wear GOOD SHOES !!! CLOSED: Breakneck Ridge trail in Putnam closed after rockslide It's … Stop by to say hello !! But you can actually see the parking area from the dump-out point, so we’ll let this one slide, especially since it kept us from having to carry our dogs back down the mountain. Really hoping its nice tomorrow and I will be going on this trek! If you find this free trail guide useful, please provide payment by picking up at least one piece of litter on your hike. This Town and the environment need time to recover. I’d love to get more information about who closed the trail and on what basis. Ive been to Breakneck as well but i wanted to know, how do i find that old eerie tree? From NYC, take Metro North to the Breakneck Ridge stop. Breakneck Ridge To Remain Open for Hiking Until at Least April | Outdoors | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference homepage,,,,,, The official answer seems to be closed but are the hikes open? That sounds like a really frightening experience, HB — thanks for sharing the warning here! 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. After yesterday’s storm, that trail is probably an ice chute. But if they tell you it isn’t, then I guess it isn’t. My dog is forty pounds and it wasn’t a huge issue — but I can imagine that it could be for some dogs, especially if their owners can’t help give them a boost. Much appreciated, Mike. I’d like to go for a day hike from NYC but I’m without a car. I am amazed that such a big boulder moved and would love to hear more details about it. Usually the mountain on the uphill dries up pretty quickly. I was one of 6 cars at the trail head when I arrived, and did not see anyone else on the trail till the 2nd lookout. Easy on the way there but horrible on the way back especially if it’s hot. 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:, 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? The views are fantastic! I’ve added a SUPER-MEGA-UBER ALERT at the top of this trail guide. Did anybody get hurt on that trail that you heard on breakneck rigge. It really was a great experience! Sounds like a great day either way — hope you enjoy it! 3/14/20. Will the other hikes in the area be closed? Thanks for maintaining and always being on top of things on this wonderful site! I first did this hike 15 years ago with my new Bride and puppy, more recently (past 4 years I’ve done this hike in the spring and fall, with at the time 5 year old and his 9 year old brother, last time my 11 year old daughter joined us, looking forward to going again march/April 2013, I really enjoyed your video and pictures. Yesterday, I rode Metro North to Cold Spring and walked to the Breakneck trail head. This is doable. Possible, yes, but not easy. I was not sure if I was on right track. I see from a comment below that we have a few manageable options, but if there are any sights along those trails you recommend, please let me know! The overflow parking is just a little further north. The 5.5 mile Breakneck Ridge trail rises 1,250 feet in only a ¾ mile stretch. You need to be in somewhat good shape and you need to dress comfortably. Our local volunteer first responders do a lot of rescues at Breakneck. Basic, your comment made me smile — glad you had a great visit, and thanks so much for helping to clean up the trail! – Both junction turns (white to red and red to yellow) are VERY well marked, with “9D” and an arrow painted at both. It might not actually be along the trail. That’s fantastic! Are you concerned about it being slippery because of the rain? Thank you for sharing. My wife and I have done Anthony’s Nose, Storm King Mountain, and Bull Hill using this website this spring already. ), Hope that helps! Yes, you could absolutely do that. Breakneck from beginning to end is my all-time favorite route. *** warning… the most challenging part of this hike is honestly within the first hour *** holy crap, as soon as you start the hike, it doesnt slowly pace higher, its like challenging right away. I’m a bit scared of heights, but fit and cautious. In contrast, it was so quiet in winter that one could have all the beautiful views just to. Thanks again for your wonderful trail guides. We are runners and are in reasonably good shape (running 5K at least 5 times a week). Advanced features of this website require that you enable JavaScript in your browser. We love your site. June 9: Mt. It wouldn’t be a bad hike to just go straight back down the White Trail from here. Still strenuous but not crazy hard. “There are a few spots where you can choose steeper or less steep options, which you’ll see marked with an X pointing left and right.”. I did the Labyrinth at Mohonk two years ago and loved it. Woot, finally made it out to the hike and it was great. Please see my Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19 page for current information on hiking in the Hudson Valley during this crisis. Directions to the trailhead: From the village of Cold Spring, head north on Route 9D for about one mile. Me and my group are planning to go to a restaurant in Cold Spring after we’re done hiking, but some are worried it may be unhygienic and repulsive to the community. So we have never hiked before, let alone climb rocks and so this was definitely an eye opener. Apparently HB saw the boulder sliding on April 13th. Thanks Lugging my equipment back up again soon, I will stay to the left (north) side of what most people seemed to be taking. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. Hope that helps! I really want to do this and we’re in great physical shape but don’t want to underestimate. Wonderful views and a real range of walking in a day. ): (See the map link in Step 1 of the trail guide, or in the Related Resources section.). The name Breakneck Ridge is a little intimidating, and it does live up to its name. Wanted to share few thoughts on the trail guidance. From here on out, 50% of the proceeds generated from the purchase of sweet custom gear from Hike the Hudson Valley’s online store will be donated to the NY-NJ Trail Conference, the organization that makes so many of our adventures possible. Personally, I’m still only comfortable doing takeout, though I hope that New York’s re-opening can continue to be managed in a way that lets us safely resume some of these activities that we used to take for granted. Breakneck Ridge Trailhead in the Hudson Highlands State Park will reopen this weekend. Did this hike in the morning (solo). Not sure about the other trail you’re mentioning – I’ll have to look for it next time. Had some friends too so we were 13 in total. Good to know we can still hit Breakneck from Washburn and Undercliff, although the best parts are closed. if you are afraid of heights, don’t have proper footwear or like to hike with poles stay clear of this place. Now I carry as much water as I can carry. 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