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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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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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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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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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The initial elevation gain was far more a rock climbing than hiking endeavor. It shoulds be attempted only by those who have good physical conditioning and have at least intermediate hiking experience and have good hiking boots. Don't use sneakers if at all possible; they just don't have the grip required. If you use poles, find a way to pack them away during the ascent because they'll, otherwise, be a liability. In addition to strenuous, the initial ascent should also be considered dangerous. It would be very easy to twist an ankle, break a leg or even worse. The locals, when you can get them to open up honestly, will tell you, "Something is always going on up there!" Quite a few people have had to be choppered out, as I understand, so don't go la-di-da into this one. I hiked this with a friend who did 8yrs in the 101st Airborn and spent a lot of time in the Hindu Kush and he agrees with what I've just written.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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67 Completed 22 Reviews

Fun hike.

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Mount Beacon
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67 Completed 22 Reviews

Better views than Breakneck.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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11 Completed 5 Reviews

I'm wiped out as I write this, about 24 hours after completing the trail. Breakneck Ridge is a legitimately challenging, exhausting hike, with a rock scramble that begins essentially right away and doesn't let up for hours. We followed the white blazes up, the red blazes down, and the yellow blazes back to our car on 9D. The way down is different, but not boring different like on a lot of trails. Your legs get as much of a workout from trying to keep your balance on the descent as they do propelling upwards on the ascent.

The whole thing took exactly 3.5 hours, including a few brief breaks for food/to catch our breath. In a couple of spots, you definitely need to step back and scout what you're doing, to see if it's even doable. The blazes will occasionally disappear and you'll have to figure out the most sensible way to climb. (Hint: There is no sensible way. Everything about this trail is gloriously senseless.)

On a clear day, which is what we had, the views are stunning. About the only gripe I had was the 3.5 hour length, which was about an hour shorter than I would have liked (I love all day adventures). The flip side is, those will be three and a half of the longest hours you've experienced in quite some time. Definitely a memorable hike.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Really fun hike, the downhill is as intense as the uphill rock scrambling. Highly recommend to bring lunch and picnic at one of the many shady spots available after you pass the top of the mountain.

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fire tower
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85 Completed 9 Reviews

1500 ft vertical in 1.5 miles gets your heart pounding. Enjoy the view from Beacon Mt.
A historical railroad once climbed this mountain to a casino to the top.

To take the hike over the top head to the top. Look back from the ridge and you will see the fire tower to the east. It's worth the hike. Climb to the top! There one can see up the river to Kingston, and down to the NYC skyline. Catskill's are also visible.

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked this alone this past weekend. It was good because I am a beginner and there were lots of small groups. The climbing was fun and viewpoints were beautiful. I highly recommend for the beginner hiker because of the groups and good challenge. I followed the white all the way up, then to the red (theres a big boulder that says 9D with an arrow) then to the yellow. I got a little lost in the red but nothing I couldn't figure out. I was hiking on a beautiful day and asked a few locals for a spot to swim on the river when I was done. It was right down the road. Highly recommend cooling off there - it was awesome!

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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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