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Not So Urban Athletics: Breakneck Ridge Sunset/Night Hike

  • Sep 27, 2014 · 5:00 PM
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I've caught the night hiking bug like most of you have seemed to have also. It's time to tackle one of my favorite hikes in the evening light or lack thereof. You know what they say right? Go big or go home! And I ain't ready to go home yet.

If you don't know, now you know ...

Named one of the 10 best hikes in the country, Breakneck Ridge steeply climbs the mountainside up from the Hudson River, and has many spectacular views of the Hudson Valley and surrounding area. If you're from the tri-state area and haven't done this hike then you haven't really hiked. I won't beat around the bush -- this is a tough one with very challenging terrain to cover, we'll be doing some serious rock scrambling and tackling some near vertical ascents but the reward is well worth the effort.

A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your host is in the running for hardest working person on meetup.

The important stuff ...

• This is an intermediate/advanced level hike of about 6 miles and I recommend that attendees be in good cardiovascular shape -- being a triathlete isn't necessary but "exercise" shouldn't be a four-letter word to you. There are numerous rock scrambles and a 1,260 foot elevation gain so be prepared for a challenge.

• Also, if you have a fear of heights this might not be a good hike for you. There are areas where you will skirt along ledges and near lengthy drop offs.

• This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you.

• Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 3 liters of fluid, a packed dinner and/or snacks, and sunscreen. DON'T FORGET YOUR HEADLAMP AND EXTRA BATTERIES.

• Rain cancels the hike.

• No guests allowed, sorry.

• RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited. If you RSVP and I notice you have a number of no shows or a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.

How to get there ....

By Train:
Take the Metro-North East Hudson Line to the Cold Spring station, the 2:43 PM train from Grand Central gets you there at 3:57 PM. Walk about 1.5 miles up route 9D to the trailhead, which if you stroll slowly will take you about 25 minutes. The trailhead starts right after you pass through a highway tunnel (See photo below.). The off peak round-trip train fare is $26.50. The last train back to NYC from Cold Spring is at 11:20 PM which we should be finished in plenty of time to catch.

By Car:
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, park in the small parking area on the left (West) side of the road. (See photo below. If this parking area is full, continue north for another 0.2 mile to a much larger parking area on the West side of the road).

This hike is cross-posted in Chill Hiking and Camping ... check there when looking for a carpool.

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  • Jane

    Beautiful sunset, great hike, awesome group :-).

    2 · September 29, 2014

  • David T

    I think I've earned a whistle by now. Thanks once again. Good times.

    3 · September 27, 2014

  • M

    I would go, but the recent bear maulings have changed my mind. Have fun folks!

    September 27, 2014

  • Chitu Adrian A.

    Who lives in NYC I have a car too

    September 8, 2014

    • Virginia

      Thanks Jose but I was able to get a ride with Sam. See you tomorrow!!

      September 27, 2014

    • Jose

      Got ya! See you there! ;)

      September 27, 2014

  • David T

    Looking for a ride. Next to GWB on Manhattan side or anywhere along the A or 1 line. Will chip in.

    September 25, 2014

    • Ryoko S.

      I see, alright. will see you up there then. ;)

      September 25, 2014

    • Jose

      @ David, i have room for 1. Text me (551) 497-8891. to arrange.

      September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need a ride from NJ. I can meet you at the trian station in Harrison, Journal square or Hoboken.

    1 · September 23, 2014

    • nomie2

      It looks like I will be driving. I can pick you up at Harrison if you still need a ride.

      1 · September 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Naomi. I just sent you a message. :)

      September 26, 2014

  • Kevin

    Folks, we're forecast to have some beautiful weather for tomorrow's hike. I must stress, please be on time, or better yet, early to the starting point. If you have any questions, you can contact me on my mobile at[masked]-9034.

    Important stuff ...

    1) Dress in layers of non, cotton clothing. You're going to sweat and then cool down so you need to be able to adjust your body temp accordingly.

    2) If you've not hiked Breakneck before, read my description above AGAIN and be 100% sure you are comfortable and capable of this hike.

    3) Don't forget your headlamp and extra batteries. We'll be hiking most of the time in the dark.

    4) Bring at least 2 liters of water and snacks/dinner.

    5) Have small bills for the event fee.

    Let's get it on!

    1 · September 26, 2014

  • Matthew F.

    My work just gave me tickets to the Red Sox Yankees game in Boston for Saturday . Sadly, I won't be going on the hike.

    September 26, 2014

  • Ryoko S.

    Hi, people who still need a ride! Samuel Brice in Astoria still has two more spots in his car! He is not in this group, but the one below. Please contact him by direct message. Then, he can let you know more details! ;) Excited to see you all. xoxo

    September 25, 2014

  • Chitu Adrian A.

    Can t make it i got to work saturday :((( next time

    September 25, 2014

  • Kevin

    Folks, if you are not 100% sure of your attendance for this hike, please change your RSVP to NOT ATTENDING now. No shows don't fly with me so please be courteous. Thanks.

    September 23, 2014

  • Ryoko S.

    If anyone can give me a ride from Queens or Manhattan, please let me know. (I live in Ridgewood, Queens) I will share the gas and expenses. cheers!

    September 17, 2014

  • Amy

    Now that the event date has changed I can probably make it. I'm up for joining a carpool or being part of a group that takes the train.

    1 · September 13, 2014

  • Kevin

    People, anyone interested in going up early on Saturday and doing a little kayaking? I'm thinking of paddling out of Cold Spring to Constitution Marsh. You can rent boats here

    If anyone wants to join, post a comment.

    3 · September 9, 2014

    • Punj

      What's the verdict on the weather tomorrow?

      September 12, 2014

    • Punj

      Oh man! Every time I try to do something other than kickball it rains.

      1 · September 12, 2014

  • David T

    Looking for a ride next to GWB on Manhattan side. Will chip in.

    September 9, 2014

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