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Breakneck Ridge and Mt Taurus

  • Apr 6, 2013 · 8:15 AM
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Bridgeneck Ridge -- who doesn't love rocks scrambling.

Route

  • Scramble up the ridge with white (view of Storm King and Mt Taurus)
  • Follow white until blue
  • Turn left at blue to go down to Breakneck Brook
  • Follow blue past the ruins of Cornish Farm
  • Follow red after passing Cornish Farm
  • Up Mt Taurus with yellow (view of Breakneck Ridge)
  • Descend Mt Taurus on White towards the quarry (view of Cold Spring)
  • Descend to the parking lot from the quarry (view of rocks)
  • Leave from Cold Spring Metro-North station

The first part will contains rock scrambling.

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There is no fee for this event. You attend at your own risk. Hiking and rock scrambling can be very dangerous!!! We are not professionals.  Do not assume that we know what we are doing!  In order to attend you must read and agree to our liability release found here:

http://www.meetup.com/adventurers-134/pages/Sample_Release_and_Emergency_Contact_Form/

You must also read and agree to our page on "standard of care and your responsibility."

http://www.meetup.com/adventurers-134/pages/Standard_of_Care_and_Your_Responsibility/

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Public Transportation

It is a commutable location. There is a Metro-North station that is serviced on weekends.

We would take Metro-North form Grand Central in the morning 8:50 AM. If you plan to take the train from Grand Central, please arrive half an hour before the train departure. Grand Central is a big place, it is easy to get lost if you are not familiar.

Returning with train from Cold Spring, train leaves Cold Spring hourly and takes 80 minutes to get back to Grand Central.

Driving Directions

If you are using Google Maps (or Android), search for "Breakneck Ridge Metro North", it should point you to the Breakneck Ridge station itself. The trailhead is a few hundred feet to the south, by the entrance of the tunnel.

If you are not using Google Maps, search for "Chalet On the Hudson" (nearest establishment to the trailhead). That is located at "3250 Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY 10516".

* If you are coming from the south, after you get to the Chalet, drive pass it and through the tunnel. The trailhead will be on your left after the tunnel.

* If you are coming from the north, don't drive through the tunnel.

Parking areas next to the trailhead maybe full. Use street parking on either side of the street or drive further down.

Since this is not a loop, I am going to ask the drivers to spot each other.

How car spotting works (assuming we need 2 cars):

3 drivers would drive to the end of the hike. 2 drivers would leave their car there, they would take the car of the other driver back to the trailhead. At the end of the hike, the 2 drivers would be able to shuttle all other drivers in the group back to the trailhead for their car.

Online Map

http://www.fofhh.org/files/HudsonHighlandsNorthTrailMap.pdf

(there is a slight inaccuracy in this map: The stream is on the wrong side of Red)

Weather

Cancelled if snow or rain. Please check in the morning of forecast says so.

Equipment

  • Bring lunch, water, trail mixes or other snacks
  • Hiking shoes > running shoes > sneakers
  • Gloves to protect your hand

Contact

Leon Yu ([masked]) [masked]

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  • Minyoung

    It's totally impressive, Leon. It sounds like you lead the hike of the century.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Andrea

    I have updated my RSVP for me alone. My + 1 has cancelled. For the future, if guests are not welcomed, I think it should be stated.

    April 3, 2013

    • Leon

      Hi, Andrea, it is not that we don't welcome guests. We'd rather guests RSVP themselves so we have a record. Thank you for updating your RSVP.

      1 · April 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks so much for the ride back!

      April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Leon! Thanks again for your gracious help and guidance- the perfect host. Looking forward to the next hike. btw, i got my hiking boots today... Psyched!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • patti

    Thank you , Leon--great day out scrambling with everyone--beautiful day!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • melissa

    Thanks Leon for organizing such a great day! Great weather and great people. What a perfect way to start off the spring. I hope to do some hiking again soon.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Nicole G

    Thanks Leon for organizing. A good workout, nice meeting you all, and the weather was perfect.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Great scramble, really great guide!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Susan W.

    GREAT hike, beautiful day, awesome guide, and so nice to meet everybody! See you all again soon, I hope!

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Lucy M

    Fun day out with familiar and new trail buddies! Thanks Leon!

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Tim S

    Awesome hike! Terrific people & well organized....

    April 6, 2013

  • Andrea

    The hike was awesome!!!! Great rock scramble and hike.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks that was a great first Meetup hike!

    April 6, 2013

  • Vad.I.(a)M.

    Thanks Leon.

    April 6, 2013

  • Tim

    It gets an " E ", for Excellent leader, Excellent weather, and Excellent company :)

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • patti

    I am coming, waiting to hear back if anyone wants to rendezvous n ride share

    April 3, 2013

    • elise

      Ill see how Tim is heading to Jersey side of GWB- Im also looking to see of another Manhattan option- Thanks! Ill let you know!

      April 5, 2013

    • patti

      elise--tim canceled on riding with me, not sure who he is riding with--hope you firmed up a rideshare

      April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Drivers: is the plan to all meet at Little Stony Point Park first?
    I'll be driving up, and have a Black Scion XD.

    April 5, 2013

    • Vad.I.(a)M.

      Meaning at Breakneck.

      April 6, 2013

    • patti

      I will head to taurus lot first at 10 for shuttling--black Lexus rx350

      April 6, 2013

  • Tim S

    So I'm driving from Manhattan. Taking Lucy. I have room for 1-2 more perhaps + my dog.

    April 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can I hitch a ride also?

      April 5, 2013

    • elise

      I wrote to you- but if theres room, Id love a ride!

      April 5, 2013

  • melissa

    is anyone driving from manhattan that has extra room? I live on the yes but can meet at convenient location. Thanks

    April 5, 2013

    • Andrea

      Hi Melissa. I can give you a ride. I was wondering if you got my email. If you want, inbox me your number and I'll give you a call.

      April 5, 2013

    • melissa

      I tried to email you back hope you got it:)

      April 5, 2013

  • patti

    I have wee suv and can meet at Taurus trailhead early for shuttling to Breakneck, Leon. See you then;)

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Want to know if there is still space open since I am on the waiting list. Thank you.

    April 5, 2013

  • VeronicaT

    I really like Breakneck, but I think I'd prefer to go with a smaller group at some point. Here's a space for you. Enjoy!

    April 4, 2013

    • Leon

      Hi, Veronica, we would likely do this event again later in the year when leaves grow back. Stay tuned!! Thank you for updating your RSVP.

      April 4, 2013

    • VeronicaT

      No problem. Thanks for the reply, Leon.

      April 4, 2013

  • James

    I think I'm going to change my rsvp as well: I'll wait for a smaller group. Thank you anyway.

    April 4, 2013

    • Leon

      Thank you James for updating your RSVP

      April 4, 2013

  • elise

    I'll happily join in a ride there (or back especially!) if it works out. I am by 114th/8th Ave, planning on walking over to 125th/Park to get train at 9am and meet up with rest of train crowd. Ive scrambled Breakneck before and recall the last 2 miles of hike to train station a bit of a downer (since you have to come down of nature-buss by pounding pavement last leg-ug) WOuld really love to hitch back ANYWHERE to any subway station!
    See ya Saturday!
    Elise

    April 3, 2013

  • Leon

    This is going to be a BIG group. As Rob mentioned, please update your RSVP. The current forecast for Saturday is going to be sunny with 0%. The trails we are going to take, as of last weekend, is almost entirely cleared of snow or ice. I don't have exact distance or elevation gain from GPS measurement. My estimates based on the maps is that it will be around 6 miles with[masked] ft of elevation gain (+2 miles flat to/from train station for those who will be taking the train). Most of the elevation gain will be within the first mile (1200 ft). Given the size of the group, we WILL be taking the alternate routes on the white trail (rock scramble part). I will not able to teach the group how to get through it.

    April 3, 2013

    • Lucy M

      Hi Leon! Looking forward to doing my favorite hiking trail on Saturday. Depending on how I feel that day, I may extend the distance on my own since your projected distance is only 6 miles. You don't need to worry about me though I've done breakneck many times.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • James

    Looking forward to this!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy to be going. Ill see you at Grand Central Station.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see a spot has opened up. Im new to this, how do we grab it? Or is it based on when you joined the wait list?

    April 3, 2013

  • James

    I didn't mean to imply your guest is not welcome. I raised a question about how to do this with fairness.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds great. Lmk if / when available to join. Thanks

    April 3, 2013

  • James

    So we have 11 people on a waiting list, waiting patiently, wanting to come. Does it seem entirely cool that people have reserved spots for themselves and guests, or that they can for more than themselves? Maybe I'm just being a crank.
    On a more constructive note, I wonder if we don't have so many wanting to go that a second trip couldn't be organized perhaps starting in a different location in the park.

    April 3, 2013

  • sid

    How do I add a guest on waiting list. I hope two spot opens up

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be driving up from Jersey City (JSQ stop on the PATH train) if anyone needs a lift.

    April 3, 2013

  • Tim

    Hello, and is anyone driving up to the hike on Saturday morning form the NYC area ... can also meet in New Jersey if needed,
    thanks again,
    Tim

    April 3, 2013

    • patti

      Hey Tim, I am driving from w. nassau--I usually take triboro to harlem river drive over gwb to palisades --is there a spot along that route you can suggest to rendezvous? Lemme know;)

      April 3, 2013

  • melissa

    I'm still going. Looking forward to it!

    April 3, 2013

  • elise

    Still a YES for me!

    April 3, 2013

  • Rob

    Pleae update your RSVP...whether you have a spot or are on the Waiting List....if it is not likely you are coming...please give everyone a break and take yourself off the list.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello, what are the stats for this hike:
    miles?
    projected hours?

    April 2, 2013

  • Gary

    +1 guest

    April 2, 2013

  • patti

    ok so it is 10 a.m. meet at Breakneck trailhead, then? Anyone coming from L.I. or Queens and want to ride together?

    April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really want to go. Hope a spot opens up.

    April 1, 2013

  • sid

    One more person

    April 1, 2013

  • patti

    if i drive am I parkign at Breakneck or at Cold Spring and walking to trail head? What time does your train get there?

    March 26, 2013

    • Vad.I.(a)M.

      Rob - come with!

      March 26, 2013

    • Leon

      Yea, I would ask drivers to spot each other when the day comes. I changed the route to come down on White instead of Yellow so it's better for drivers. Also I just did Yellow to town part today, it's less scenic than White.

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds great. Lmk if / when available to join. Thanks

    March 30, 2013

  • elise

    I'll be joining y'all by train at 125th Street station (unless offered ride)- train leaves 10-11 minutes later. Anyone else doing this? Let me know!

    March 27, 2013

  • Susan W.

    May I bring a friend?

    March 26, 2013

  • Vad.I.(a)M.

    Early start time, man. Do you calculate 7 miles?

    March 25, 2013

    • Vad.I.(a)M.

      Err you meant start-time in the city. So Breakneck 10ish?

      March 25, 2013

    • Leon

      Hey Vad, yes, 10am if you drive in.

      March 25, 2013

  • elise

    hopin' for good weather!

    March 25, 2013

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