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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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Kitchawan Preserve Trail
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15 Completed 3 Reviews

Nice, easy loop that you can easily do in under 2 hours. Expect to see a few people with dogs--they are supposed to be leashed at all times, but not everyone follows the rules.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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15 Completed 3 Reviews

I've hiked Breakneck a few times (never the entire loop--we always head back via the bypass) since moving to this area, and honestly it's not my favorite. It's consistently very crowded, and the ascent is quite dangerous. The views are nice, yes, but if you are less experienced, use the bypass trail and skip the rock scramble at the beginning.

While dogs are allowed, and I have seen a few, I don't recommend bringing your dog unless it is very well behaved and used to hiking. The potential for a dog getting underfoot or pulling on the leash at the wrong time could be disastrous on the rock scramble.

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Popolopen Torne Loop
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15 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike with wonderful views that doesn't seem to be as busy as some of the more popular "view" hikes in the area (Anthony's Nose and Breakneck Ridge). Recommend doing this hike in reverse from the directions given on the NYNJTC website--hike the gorge (red on white blazes) first to the Timp-Torne, take the steeper ascent and then the more gradual descent from the Torne. It will be a more challenging ascent, but I always think going down those rocky parts is more dangerous than going up.

If you're doing this hike in October, recommend parking at Bear Mountain Inn, and then following up your hike with food and beer at Bear Mountain Oktoberfest. We had no trouble getting a decent parking space at around 10 am.

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Brace Mountain Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hiking, strenuous but worth it. Easy after early ascent.

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Taconic Crest Trail
by Cliff Ruschmeyer

2 Completed 1 Reviews

I too was surprised at how steep the climb , starting from Rt 346 in Petersburg . Nice to be in woods. Very well marked.

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Towpath Trail Loop
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11 Completed 6 Reviews

The photos I added were from the other end of the trail that starts on the end of River Rd. that is near the intersection of Rt. 79 and Pigeon Hill Rd. It is a very sharp turn to the right after crossing the steel bridge over the river to get to River Rd. It almost looks like you are going to drive into the driveway of a private residence but the road will pass by the house and continue. You drive the one lane road till you see the sign telling all about the lock and canal. That is the area that you can park in. The beginning of the trail is a little one-lane dirt road and then it turns into a little well worn path.
The road part of the trail is easy to walk, but when it turns into the path it gets a little more challenging in spots. It was clearly marked and very easy to follow.

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Bethpage Bikeway
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

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Blackhead Mountain Loop Trail
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Catskills. The best route is definetly doing Blackhead first then onto Black Dome. Blackhead summit has zero view but a great rock, but the view from the backside of Blackhead is beautiful and looks squarely at the ledge on Black Dome that you are heading too. You need to be an avid hiker and in good shape for this one. Only need to watch out for the loose rocks going down. Views and area are 100% worth it.

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Kitchawan Preserve Trail
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9 Completed 7 Reviews

A moderate workout with varied landscape. Lots of water views and an active stream that runs down to the reservoir offering a respite for dogs and for hikers. The trail, at times. abuts a farm that is bucolic as it is scenic on the hike.

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Hardscrabble Wilderness Area Trail
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9 Completed 7 Reviews

Beautiful forest with mature blooming tulip trees in late spring and stunning fall foliage. Great for a daily routine with dogs- a moderate workout with running water for taking a break. Nice to get off trail if possible.

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