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Breakneck Ridge Trail

Beacon, NY

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Breakneck Ridge & bull hill Trail is a 9.6 mile loop trail located near Beacon, New York and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking & snowshoeing and is accessible from March until November.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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We went for our fall breakneck hike and it was excellent as expected. Hard to find a trail with a better work out! My son and I did the first part of the ascent at a quick pace and we were out of breath and sweating by the top. We like to make this a workout, not just a pleasure hike. There are not many hikes like this one. Rocky and steep ascent for the first 40 minutes then gentle across the ridge and smooth down the south side of the ridge to a flat road and out the valley back to the main road. We like the blue trail down the ridge, it is the second right turn (the yellow is the first way out on the right). If you want a vigorous workout, this is it. The only downside is the crowd. Try to start early and avoid the goofy hikers with their ridiculous go pros. I don't even know what to say about these city folks who are having a tough time making it up the scramble and on top of that they are trying to balance their ridiculous cameras to film stuff that they will probably never watch.
Anyway, do the hike, it is worth it.

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Bucktail Falls
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

this is just a very nice waterfall , easy to see from road, there is a spot to park and get out, just watch out for the small boulder on driver side. this is private property, however the owner has no problem with guests as long as they are respectful.. if you walk up hill about 150 yards there is another skinny waterfall. this is def worth checking out.

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Poet's Ledge Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

I didn't get a chance to tack on the falls to this hike, but the climb to Poet's Ledge was still worth it. The Ledge itself features a great view and the view from Maeli's Lookout (about 3/4 of the way there), is decent.

The first two-thirds of the trail feature a strenuous, though not particularly difficult ascent. The trail levels off, but ironically becomes rockier and therefore, less straining, but arguably more dangerous. Risk of losing balance is high, especially in the fall when leaves cover the rocky trail.

The trail is blazed throughout, but there are a few areas where the sparingly used footpath is virtually indistinguishable from the forest around it and it becomes easy to find yourself off the trail (and hopefully not lost).

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Fishkill Ridge Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

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Constitution Marsh
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

If you've seen one marsh you've seen 'em all. Just kidding. The boardwalk is a nice touch, but only cuts into a tiny bit of Constitution Marsh. To really see the marsh, you need to canoe it. Required for completists, recommended for anyone who wants to throw in some wetland diversity into their mountain hikes, but overall it's non-essential.

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Storm King - Butter Hill Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

A moderate ascent up the mountain reveals awesome views of Breakneck Ridge and the town of Cold Spring. Some decent views of Bannerman's Island and Mount Beacon as well.

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Indian Head Mountain Loop
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

The first half of the ascent is about 2 miles, a fairly easy hour-long hike along mostly level ground. The second half is strenuous, however, and you will encounter a few rocky areas where some actual climbing is required. The views are worth it though. Recommended to annex Twin Mountain trail to Indian Head, as the Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail loops and it takes about the same time to return to the Prediger Road trail head.

Keep an eye on the clock, though, and don't make the mistake of delaying descent like I did. I ended up stuck about two miles deep into Indian Head Wilderness on my down (over by Platte Clove Reserve) because I didn't calculate my descent correctly. I got caught by the darkness and was forced to sleep in the shivering cold wilderness. Set aside 3 hours for you to get down.

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Brace Mountain Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

A fun climb. It's not very steep or long, and some of it is along these gorgeous falls, though they were pretty dry in early September. ALERT: Don't be fooled by the 'fake summit', like I was. You climb out of the forest and it reveals this awesome view of the Hudson Valley, but you are not yet to the top! Continue on the trail for an ascent of another few hundred feet and you'll get to your peak, which is marked with a pretty large cairn. The rock scramble near the top is great.

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Lake Minnewaska Loop
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

Easy hike. Getting around the lake takes about 90 minutes if you factor in time to take photos. Fairly level hike. Some good views, but nothing incredible.

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Sam's Point and Verkeerderkill Falls
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

Some of the best views in the lower Hudson Valley along with Minnewaska State Park at Sam's Point. A must-see. The Ice Caves are skippable and the waterfall is fairly tall, but not quite as impressive when it's bone dry, as was the case when I went. If you go right after it's rained, or in the spring, I hear it's incredible.

The trail is not particularly steep or difficult, but long. The stretch from the Ice Caves to Verkeerder Kill Falls is only 1.7 miles, but on the thin, rocky trail, will feel like much longer. Will probably take you 2-3 hours round trip so factor in time wisely.

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