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Breakneck to S. Beacon Fire Tower Hike, 9.x miles

Breakneck is my favorite local hike and hopefully we can catch the last of the foliage!

I'm taking the train up, but getting on at the 125th street stop.

Drivers, the train arrives at the breakneck station at 9:03 so please plan on arriving just before that so we can meet you in the parking lot and start hiking immediately. 



The Basics:

This is not a hike for beginners.  We'll be moving at a brisk pace with no sweep.

Hiking Level: Intermediate hike

Terrain: Steep scrambling and several hills

Elevation Gain: 3k+ feet

Distance: ~9 miles

Hiking Pace: No sweeper or set group pace


About the Hike:
From parking lot, we will scramble up on the Breakneck Ridge trail (white) with a nice view of the Hudson River & the Storm King Mountain. Then hike to Sunset Point and continue north to the newly South Beacon Fire Tower then return to the parking lot. 

Link to the trailhead/trailend parking lot: parking lot (that's[masked], [masked] in case the link doesn't work. Just go to Google maps and enter the coordinates). This is the larger parking lot about 0.2mi north of the tunnel.


Public Transportation Meeting Location & Return Time:
Metro North Railroad: Take the 7:43am train from Grand Central to the Breakneck Ridge stop, arriving at 9:05am. The finish time is heavily based on the group's pace -- "likely" be 4pm, plus/minus one hour. At the end of the day, you may hop on the train at the Breakneck Ridge stop (check the times) or at Cold Spring station (a 2.5-mile walk/ hike with trains running hourly). Some willing drivers might be able to shuttle you to the Cold Spring station.


Car Drivers and Riders:
People who are coming by car and are willing to give rides, please write in your RSVP from where and when you are leaving. If you'd like a ride, please contact a driver (and bring $5 to chip in for gas and tolls.)

Day Hiking Gear:
Standard fall gear: hiking boots, non-cotton clothes, sunhat, one more warm layers then you expect to need, warm hat

2 liters of water minimum, more is suggested

Lunch, snacks and extra food.

East Hudson Trails hiking map

Headlamp (just in case)

Rain Gear (just in case)

Hiking poles

Sunscreen, sunglasses

East Hudson Trail Map

(All the maps we use are available through the H&N store.)


Check the forecast for Cold Spring, New York.

After the Hike:
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  • Becky

    Great group, great hike, great organizer. Thanks!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Jessica G.

    Thank you Andre!! And thank you to Yelena and Becky!!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Nomes

    hi Andre
    I underestimated the travel
    time. If I don't make it for the start of the hike, I'm hoping to catch up. see you soon, naomi

    November 2, 2013

  • Stanley

    Andre will you do this hike again b4 its too cold? Really wanna join!

    October 31, 2013

    • Andre

      It never gets too cold!

      November 1, 2013

  • Justin

    Can bring 3 from manhattan

    1 · October 15, 2013

    • Justin

      Hi June, i'd be happy to take you but I only have one spot left. Usually people just meet me at the garage, can you come to Astor and B'way? There are multiple subway stops there.

      October 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Justin. Astor and B'way works great for me. Let me know if another spot opens up or something...

      October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving from the city? If there's room in your car, let me know. Thanks!

    October 31, 2013

  • Andre

    Just a reminder that everyone needs to have a map. Swing by any of the outdoors stores in the city and pick up the East Hudson Trail set.

    October 29, 2013

  • Ron K.

    Andre, what will the hiking pace be?

    October 21, 2013

    • Andre

      As per the description, there's no sweeper or set group pace. People generally aim for a train around 4pm.

      October 21, 2013

  • Esther

    Did this hike alone several times and would love to go with friends. Bringing 3ppl

    October 16, 2013

    • Andre

      Note the number of guest is limited to 1. Please have your friends join separately if they'd like to come.

      October 21, 2013

  • Yelena

    For those planning to drive, don't forget to factor in EXTRA TIME due to NYC Marathon traffic!

    October 15, 2013

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