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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
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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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

One of my favorite trails any days...summer, winter, spring or autumn. Nice views. Can be really crowded on weekends.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Amazing trail! it was really worth the climb, I loved the steepness and the trill of just being there, writing as Robnaski's daughter it was really great, and I'm just a first time climber. Every step of the way there were rocks and me and my brother had a great time climbing them all the way to the top.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a great hike for everyone. It's a tough hike but the reward was great. I pretty much enjoyed it from starting to finish.

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Mount Beacon
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38 Completed 33 Reviews

The views from the top were very enjoyable, however I am disappointed with the overall hiking experience.The air kept getting thicker as we kept getting higher which was a cause of the many arrays of chemtrails splashed over the sky as thick veils creating unnatural colors while new ones kept forming. This probably contributed to the dying nature around the whole area (despite it being summertime), the lack of wild life altogether except for a few horseflies,and the strong pungent smell of dried dying murky earth all the way to the top. Sch a shame because it seemed as though it was a really nice lively area at one point.

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