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Breakneck Ridge Loop

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Really Under-estimated the difficulty!

Had a fantastic hike at breakneck this weekend - took about 3.5 hours to complete the loop. a few... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Taylor G
New York
Nice trail with great views of the river and surrounding countryside, with NYC far off in the distance

We visited the town of Cold Spring this past weekend and wanted to do a small hike, and the... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
John A
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“rock scramble”(13 reviews)
“red trail”(7 reviews)
“breakneck ridge”(11 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Had a fantastic hike at breakneck this weekend - took about 3.5 hours to complete the loop. a few tips: - go EARLY. i mean, the earlier the better. otherwise, expect crowds and waiting in-line to climb - put your valuables in ur backpack. don't...More

2  Thank Taylor G
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We visited the town of Cold Spring this past weekend and wanted to do a small hike, and the Breakneck Ridge Loop was our choice. There's actually a shorter loop that takes only a few hours and has just as nice scenery if you don't...More

2  Thank John A
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Rock scramble is an understatement — you will be climbing rocks, so ideally you should be flexible and reasonably strong! After the climb, we took the trail to the right that wound gradually down to Cold Spring for lunch

Thank Marty K
Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Bottom line: if you are experienced be next to the exit when you get out of the train otherwise you will be stuck behind a hundred people for the whole ascension. We took the 8:45 am train from grand central on Sunday. The hike is...More

Thank Erik_from_France
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Did this hike today w a friend. We drove up from midtown Manhattan (about 1.5 hrs) and was able to find parking around 9:15 am right next to the trailhead. There is a small staff of people next to portapotties to ask questions and give...More

1  Thank e26
Reviewed July 4, 2018

Enjoyed a hike up this mountain, a guide told us it is one of the country's best day hikes. I was fit and prepared for it, but wish signs and park rangers made clearer before the main ascent that most of it is more a...More

Thank cassieglove85
Reviewed June 25, 2018

Very nice views. Got there about 6:15 a.m -- started climbing the white trail. Climb up as tough and so couldn't enjoy the views as much as I would have liked, though there are a couple of intermediate points to do so.

4  Thank RamD D
Reviewed June 15, 2018

Got off the train from nyc, (this is the train recently made famous in a recent Liam Neeson movie, The Commuter), at Cold Spring. Walked up to the trailhead which is along the main road north from Cold Spring. The most difficult part of the...More

3  Thank Richard T
Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

The first part was pretty much climbing up- it was pretty steep at points but manageable. One point I did have to be pulled up as couldn’t seem to find a place to clamber up. It was worth it though. Views are amazing and definitely...More

Thank Sct10
Reviewed May 27, 2018

I hiked up here recently on a warm summer day, and really enjoyed the experience. Near the start you need to be prepared to scramble up over the rocks, as you climb about 1000ft over a distance of less than a mile. But the climb...More

Thank James W
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MIke R
May 8, 2018|
Response from eldon pwwka c | Reviewed this property |
It can be if they are not athletic. There are easier trails to take. Be sure they wear right clothes and plenty of fluids
May 4, 2018|
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Response from eldon pwwka c | Reviewed this property |
They really are clueless as to when the trail will close for the connector work. Over budget and no contractor.