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.
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 41.445575, -73.979394 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)
East Hudson Trail Map
(All the maps we use are available through the H&N Amazon.com store.)
Check the forecast for Cold Spring, New York.
After the Hike:
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