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Breakneck Ridge and Mt Taurus / Voted one of the best trails in the US!!

  • Jun 1, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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For anyone that did this last time I’m changing things up. (:  After climbing the face of breakneck we will then head to Mt. Taurus.

Breakneck Ridge needs no introduction. Voted one of the best hiking trails on the east coast. According to legend, Breakneck gets its name from the same wild bull as neighboring Bull Hill (also known as Mount Taurus), as the place where the bull finally fell to its death. This peak on the east side of the Hudson River sits atop a tunnel that was drilled out for Route 9D and Metro-North Railroad tracks. This mountain goes right to the river's edge, giving you the feeling of looking directly down on the river. It is on the opposite side of the river from another significant valley peak -- Storm King Mountain. The Views: Spectacular. Rocky crags with no trees allow for unfettered vistas up and down the valley. Hawks fly at eye level. So do planes cruising down the valley. Here you can get a view of just how busy the river can be with barge traffic, cruise boats and jet skis. Storm King Mountain is directly across the river. West Point to the south and Newburgh Bridge to the north. The Hike: Taking the "white" trail from 9D, the trail goes straight up as you climb over rocks. You'll need all four appendages to grasp and pull yourself up the mountain. It takes about an hour to reach the first of several lookout plateaus. The hike down is tricky, given the vertical drop of this trail. Not recommended for children. Give yourself 60-90 minutes for the descent. History: Granite blasted from the sides of this mountain has been used to build the Brooklyn Bridge, West Point and the front steps of the capitol building in Albany. The scars to the mountain are clearly visible. Meeting at the trail head at 10am- White trail just north of the Tunnel on RT. 9D Located just south of Beacon, Ny. approximately 1hr 40mins from Scranton area. Leaving Mt. Cobb, PA park and ride area at 8:00am arriving at trail head 9:45am. Total Distance:  About 8 miles (no guided opt-out available) Time: 5-6 hours but could be a little longer.  2600 ft. elevation gain total The first mile of this hike is a difficult rock scramble (This is a hard hike- Breakneck hikers need to be in good shape) ________________________________________ We will be taking the white trail up the face of Breakneck then the yellow or blue trail over to Mt Taurus.   See you there!

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  • Bonnie

    I enjoyed seeing all of the pics. Thanks, everyone!

    June 5, 2013

  • Homily, S

    Fabulous people and a terrific hike!

    June 5, 2013

  • geri and M.

    Breakneck is always a good way to spend the day with like minded people. I especially enjoyed
    the old dairy farm ruins which I had never seen before. The group were great folks. Mel

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Julie

    I had a blast! Wonderful to meet everyone :)

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sooo much fun!! Beautiful trail, great group of people, nice conversation. Looking forward to next time!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing day!! Looking forward to the next one---with more water though!!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Cathy

    My favorite trail!! Great hike, great people, and great food afterwards at cold springs depot! Perfect day.. :)

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • geri and M.

    I will be at Mt.Cobb before 8:00 am, if the ride is available fine.
    see you there Mel

    May 31, 2013

  • Homily, S

    Is anyone carpooling?

    May 31, 2013

    • Kris

      I can give you a ride.

      May 31, 2013

    • Homily, S

      thx kris, c u @ mcp&r by 8am :- )

      May 31, 2013

  • Kris

    Here's my cell #[masked]-3400. Don't forget lots of water!! It's going to hit 90 tomorrow. This was the same temp we had last time doing this hike and we had a few people run out of water 1/2 into hike. I suggest 3 liters of water.

    May 31, 2013

  • Julie

    Should be an awesome hike...looking forward to it!

    May 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hope it is better than last time:) Ha Ha!

      1 · May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How many guests am I allowed to bring?? I see this hike has a size limit and want to let others come if they want, but I also have two friends (in addition to my boyfriend that I already am bringing) that are experienced hikers who would love to go!

    May 12, 2013

    • Kris

      No real limit on guests.

      May 13, 2013

  • geri and M.

    Hi Kris, Anyone can google breakneck ridge hike and enjoy.
    All the steep climbs have an alternate route around. This is
    a hike not for beginners, but it isn't impossible I would like
    to go but I need a ride. My wife needs the car that day. Mel

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kris, I would really like to do this hike but I am not sure if I am ready. I am in fairly decent shape but it would be the first time climbing a rock scramble. Would you say if you are in fairly decent shape you can handle the rock climb? Once you get to the top of Breakneck Ridge, I wouldn't have to continue over to Mt. Taurus, right?

    April 25, 2013

    • Kris

      You should have no problem with this hike.

      April 27, 2013

  • Rick S

    Meg, you should really reconsider taking two small children, unless you plan on carrying them. It's a tough hike. It's a good idea to take gloves, to climb up the rocks.

    April 22, 2013

    • Meg H.

      Rick, thanks! After reading the last comment I am reconsidering it. They (maybe me too!) aren't ready for that.

      April 22, 2013

    • Kris

      This hike would not be good for young kids.

      April 22, 2013

  • Bonnie

    hey Chris, would love to join you all, but some of it looks a little steep for me. I like to scramble, but I like it when it leans in a bit more into the mountain than some of the shots I saw in the video. What % would you say is extremely vertical??

    April 21, 2013

    • Kris

      I'm not sure on % of slope. You really dont want to base your decision totally by the video. I used some camera magic to make parts of the hike look a lot steeper and more dangorous then it was. It is a difficult climb but I think you would be fine on this hike.

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Super excited!! Will be bringing my boyfriend with me!

    April 22, 2013

  • Meg H.

    My husband 2 kids (6 & 3) and me. Looking forward to it!

    April 21, 2013

  • Seth G (.

    Wow, that sounds like a great hike. If I did not have a graduation party that day .... I look forward to seeing you on other hikes, Kris. Thanks for posting.

    April 21, 2013

  • Kris

    View some of the hike before signing up for hike.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkTs2W62UMQ

    April 21, 2013

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