Breakneck Ridge Bypass
ElevationAscent: 1,129' 344 m
Descent: -1,135' -346 m
High: 1,164' 355 m
Low: 31' 9 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 66% (34°)
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“Breakneck Ridge with a bypass that makes for a shorter hike.”— Matthew Roeder
Features Fall Colors · Views
Need to Know
The ridge ascent along the Breakneck Ridge Trail is very steep, but you can see some old switchbacks to make it basically a steep hike-up. You won't need your hands for much more than balance, but I wouldn't bring kiddies on this trail. Once to the top, you get excellent views of the Hudson River and access to a large number of trails.
Stay on the white blazes past the several few peaks and viewpoints. You'll intersect with a trail featuring yellow blazes that send the trail to the right, but stay with the white Breakneck Ridge Trail. About 3/4 of a mile past the yellow blaze intersection, you'll see red blazes for the Breakneck Bypass Trail where you'll head to the left.
Follow that for another 3/4 of a mile and it'll dead end into the Wilkinson Memorial Trail, which has yellow blazes. Take a left there and it's a quick shot back to the main road.