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Breakneck Ridge Trail

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 4.7 (27)

A steep scramble to some great Hudson Valley views, followed by beautiful trail of rolling hills.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Point to Point

1,539' 469 m

High

104' 32 m

Low

1,735' 529 m

Up

385' 118 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

73%

Max Grade (36°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Need to Know

If hiking with a dog, be aware that there is a lot of rock scrambling which may require you to lift of carry smaller dogs over the large scrambles so a harness is recommended.

Description

From the trailhead you cross over the road and straight up past a series of summits with progressively impressive views. Once you get to the top, follow white blazes through the woods, dropping into a couple valleys, and then climbing out again. The trail follows the ridge, passing the beacon mountain fire tower, then heading to beacon reservoir, where it connects to the top of the Mount Beacon South Summit trail.

Flora & Fauna

Birds and deer, a coyote if you're lucky.

Contacts

Land Manager: NY State Parks

Shared By:

Ben Duchac with improvements by John Patrick

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  4.7 from 27 votes

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Heading up the Breakneck scramble in light snow
Apr 23, 2015 near Cornwal…, NY
Breakneck Ridge III
Apr 23, 2015 near Cornwal…, NY
Breakneck Ridge I
Apr 23, 2015 near Cold Sp…, NY
Climbing the initial scramble up the Breakneck Ridge Trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Cornwal…, NY
The steepest part, between the second and third summits (there's a way to go around if this is too much for you)
Apr 23, 2015 near Cornwal…, NY
One of the numerous overlooks of Breakneck Ridge. This spot overlooks the Hudson River with Storm King Mountain in the distance.
Oct 10, 2020 near Cornwal…, NY

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Mar 21, 2021
Tiff C
The scramble to the first resting area took about an hour. We made it to the split where the option for the shorter Breakneck Ridge Bypass begins i…
Aug 22, 2020
Stephen Mucci
Nov 29, 2019
T M
Nov 16, 2019
Chris Deveder
12.4mi — 5h 20m
Oct 19, 2019
Phil Bastian
Sep 5, 2019
B Y
Sep 1, 2019
Craig Matthews
Jul 7, 2019
Jonathan Bright
dehydrated, felt like dying