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Breakneck Ridge Bypass

 4.6 (19)


2.8 Miles 4.5 Kilometers

1,129' 344 m


-1,135' -346 m



Avg Grade (9°)


Max Grade (34°)

1,164' 355 m


31' 9 m


Shared By Matthew Roeder


All Clear 73 days ago
Mostly Dry - Do not attempt during or after rain but on dry days it is perfect! History

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Breakneck Ridge with a bypass that makes for a shorter hike.

Matthew Roeder

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Breakneck Ridge is a classic loop in the Hudson Valley that is accessible by Metro North from NYC. It is extremely steep at first, but doesn't require much scrambling. This hike includes the bypass trail to make for a short and fast trip, but still includes all the challenges of a longer route.

Need to Know

There's a hot dog stand between the main parking and the train stop. They taste better after the hike.


This loop can be accessed on weekends via the Metro North Hudson line or by car (ample parking). There is a special stop for Breakneck Ridge - be mindful as it is a single train door that will open onto a "station" that is no more than a set of wooden stairs. From the train stop or parking, make your way south along the road to the trailhead. The trailhead is just before a tunnel on the right/south.

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.


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Aug 14, 2018
Chris Urtz
Get there early in the day before the first train of New Yorkers arrives. Very crowded, very vandalized, but the rock scramble is still fun.
Jul 21, 2018
Katie Spector
Beautiful hike, great views. Difficult uphill at first, then it flattens after a mile or so. Easily accessible via Metro North.
Jun 30, 2018
Aakash Bhambhani
Hiked the bypass trail with Will and Suli 2.8mi
Jun 26, 2018
Angelo Morales
Jun 16, 2018
Wallace Tse
Jun 9, 2018
Peter Hoepfner
Jun 9, 2018
Sasha Conley
That first half a mile is rough. Basically bouldering. Would not attempt in the rain 5mi
May 6, 2018
Kimberly Hodgson

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