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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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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Absolutely loved this trail! It's definitely a good workout right out of the gate. Took us a bit to get through the initial climb, but it was well worth it. We had our little Havenese with us, which is something I wouldn't do again, but he made it through and had a ton of fun doing it. (We do call him a mountain goat.) Great trail if you're looking for a bit of a challenge with a great view and a nice descent down. Enjoy!

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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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Mount Beacon
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

A quick and easy, but slightly strenuous ascent up a service road to an old factory building and radio tower. Good views of the city of Beacon, Hudson River and Catskills in the distance. Alternate trails go to reservoir (I've been), fire tower (have not been) and casino ruins (have not been).

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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18 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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Breakneck Ridge Trail
by Shawn Armstrong

5 Completed 5 Reviews

Simply the best moderate to difficult trail in the area. Crowds are a little much in the fall months, but you can't blame folks for wanting to get some exercise and take in the majestic views.

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Mount Beacon
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

Pretty busy on the weekend. Good views of the Hudson at the top. Not a difficult ascent, but is fairly steep most of the way.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Breakneck was better than expected, easy to find, and well marked. Great day trip from NYC. On the verge of rock climbing at times the trail was fun and challenging. The downhill portions will take a little toll on your knees and ankles. Parking is solid and views are awesome. We saw a pretty big snake on the trail too right off 9D.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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19 Completed 15 Reviews

Probably the best trail within 1.5 hour drive of NYC. There are multiple trails here, so you can tweak it to your own time constraint or ability. We started from the Breakneck Ridge trail head just beyond the tunnel on 9D, followed the white trail all the way to the Beacon Mountain Fire Tower, backtrack and turn off at the red Breakneck Ridge bypass trail back down to the parking lot. If you want more challenge, you can turn off at Blue and add Sugarloaf Mountain to your return trip.

The beginning of the trail is fun and requires scrambling on all fours. There are only one or two spots that's a little tricky. If you are nervous about climbing on the rocks, you can always take an easy bypass on the side. The first 45 minutes is really fun with nice panoramic view of the river below. After that, the trail goes into the woods with none stop ups and downs. The last climb up to Beacon Mountain is called Devil's Ladder, even though it's actually easier than the climb at the very beginning of the hike.

If you're not afraid of height, climb up the fire tower, it offers a spectacular 360 view. We hiked on a very clear day and could see the NYC skyline and the Gunks.

There are a lot of unmarked side trails, but the main trails are well marked, markers can be a little hard to spot towards the end of Beacon Mountain. If you walked for more than a minute without seeing a marker, you might be on the wrong trail.

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Mount Beacon
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

For an older, kind of out of shape hike, a lot of stops to catch my breath were required, but there was plenty to look at and enjoy on these stops. The view from the top was totally worth it. Lots of friendly fellow hikers. I wish I'd know about a trail from the top that led to another vantage point where you can reportedly see NYC and Albany on a clear day.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
by Micaela Stanaland

5 Completed 5 Reviews

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