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Breakneck Ridge Trail

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 4.7 (24)

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 24 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
Breakneck Ridge. Bear Mountain, NY.
Oct 29, 2016 near Cornwal…, NY

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Nov 16, 2019
Chris Deveder
12.4mi — 5h 20m
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Sep 5, 2019
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Sep 1, 2019
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Jul 7, 2019
Jonathan Bright
dehydrated, felt like dying
Jun 28, 2019
John Sockwell
7.9mi — 5h 59m
Jun 16, 2019
Roberto Rico