Breakneck Ridge to Sugarloaf Hill loop

For all of you who like myself prefer to spend the winter skiing (and not hiking), this is the perfect opportunity to wake up your trail legs and get in shape for the upcoming hiking season.

Despite of what you may have heard about Breakneck Ridge - this is one of the most strenuous hikes in the East Hudson Highlands. Although the most strenuous sections are relatively short, you will have to climb over rock ledges and use both your hands and your feet in many places along the way.  Breakneck rocks can be very slippery when wet so in case of rain, we'll have to postpone/cancel the hike.

On the plus side - along the way we'll pass a number of breathtaking viewpoints - so don't forget to bring your cameras!


The Hike:

We'll do a 7-8 miles long loop, starting on the White trail going up the ridge, and a couple of miles in, before we switch over to the yellow trail, go over the Sugarloaf Hill, and back towards the parking lot. Only about first 3/4 of a mile is strenuous but I have seen people give up and turn back during this portion (which can be very inconvenient if you drove up with a few people), so please be prepared to deal with a steep hill. About 2 hours into the hike, we'll take a lunch break, so please bring something to snack on. The entire hike with all breaks, at a decent pace, should not take more than 5-6 hours.


Gear:

Proper footwear is essential for this hike - a pair of comfortable, broken-in shoes, with good traction. Please no flip-flops, clogs, skate shoes and similar footwear on this hike.

Bring enough water for the entire day. There is no water source anywhere along this hike, so come with your bottles/hydration packs filed up and ready to go.

You will need a small backpack to carry your food, water, and extra clothing. As I mentioned before, on some portions of this hike you will need to use your hands to climb up rocks, so you need your hands to be free.

The weather in the early spring can be unpredictable, and with a bit of a wind chill at the top of the ridge, a sunny day can turn into a cold one - so be ready and dress in layers. Bring an extra layer, a hat,  and rain/wind jacket that can fit into your backpack. A pair of gloves can be helpful on a cold, windy day.

As on any given hike - it is always a good idea to have your own map of the area you are hiking. You can purchase NY/NJ conference's East Hudson trail map pack, or at least print out this map (trails are color coded, so the print it in color):

http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/HudsonHighlandsNorthTrailMap.pdf

Sunblock and insect repellents are good to have handy.

We should be done with this hike long before it gets dark, but it's always a good idea to pack a headlamp/flashlight - for unforeseen circumstances.


Getting there:

We will carpool, and share the cost of gas/tolls.

If we do not have enough cars/drivers - one can easily get to Breakneck via public transportation.

Breakneck Ridge stop on the Metro North, Hudson Line, is conveniently located only a few hundred feet away from our meeting place - Breakneck Ridge parking lot. On Saturday, 4/12, the train on this Metro North line is leaving from the Grand Central station at 8:43 AM and is scheduled to arrive at Breakneck at 10:03 AM - so if you are taking the train, you should be there just in time to meet the rest of the group; when you get off the train, walk south (back towards the city) a few hundred feet (or just follow the people getting off the train) and you should see a parking lot - if you don't see us, call me or other members of the group you know -I will email you my contact info before the event. The ticket for this trip on this day is considered to be "off-peak" ticket (you'll have to select this option when purchasing ticket at the station), and the round trip fare is $26.50.

Driving Directions

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge. Cross the bridge and proceed north on N.Y. Route 9D for about 8.5 miles to the Village of Cold Spring. Continue ahead on Route 9D for another two miles past the intersection with N.Y. Route 301 in Cold Spring. Immediately after passing through a tunnel under Breakneck Ridge, there will be a small parking area on the left (west) side of the road. Continue north for another 0.2 mile to a much larger parking area on the west side of the road.

GPS Coordinates: [masked], [masked]




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  • Trudy

    today was great!! Thank you for everyone being so friendly. I really look forward in seeing everyone on the next hike

    6 · April 12

    • Ania W.

      Nice meeting you, til next time:)

      April 12

    • Trudy

      :)

      April 12

  • MichaelAntia

    What a nice hike on such a fine day with a good group of people.

    6 · April 12

  • Lizbet

    A perfect day

    5 · April 12

  • Rob M.

    Beautiful day with a great group of people!

    4 · April 12

  • Trudy

    in here., where r u

    April 12

  • Trudy

    Im lost. can someone call me. [masked]

    April 12

  • Lizbet

    My friend bailed on me last minute. Will need to take the train. :/. Anybody Email want to take the train together?

    April 11

    • Bill

      I am picking up people at Atlantic avenue at 8:30. Want to join us?

      April 11

  • Goran

    OK, the weather forecast is definitely looking great. We're looking at mostly sunny and clear day (bring sunscreen) with high in the upper 60s. Couldn't ask for better conditions :)

    April 11

  • Mariya

    I need a ride from NYC. Of course will share gas/tolls expenses. Thanks, Mariya

    April 7

    • Bill

      I should be able to give you a ride. Probably drive up the FDR so will be going by you.

      1 · April 9

    • Mariya

      Great, thank you Bill!

      April 10

  • Cathy

    I have space in my car for 1 or 2 more people, if anyone is willing to meet in Astoria.

    April 10

  • Jared

    Hi, Google Maps tells me the Metro North Hudson line goes to a Breakneck Ridge stop 0.5 mi. from the address. Any experience going this route?

    Leaving from UES, also open to pitching in on a ride share. Thanks.

    April 9

    • Michael

      The Breakneck Ridge stop on the train is very close to the parking lot where the group plans to meet. Many hikers will be getting off at that stop, so it should be easy to find your way.

      April 9

    • Goran

      Maybe you should read "getting there" section of the event description ;)

      April 9

  • Mercedes

    I need a ride for this. Who's driving?

    April 6

    • Goran

      Mercedes, since you're leaving from Astoria, you can jump in the car with Cat and I.

      April 8

    • Mercedes

      Thanks Goran. Will do. Let me know where and at what time.

      April 8

  • Goran

    Weather forecast is looking good so far. Mostly sunny - partly sunny with high in the low 60s. I'll confirm again in a couple of days, but as of right now - this will be a great day for hiking!

    April 8

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