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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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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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31 Completed 26 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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Breakneck Ridge Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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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8 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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