Beginner Hiking Series Part 6 - Breakneck Ridge

Hudson Valley Hikers
Hudson Valley Hikers
Public group

Breakneck Ridge

432 Route 9D · Cold Spring, NY

How to find us

Mary F. (914) 588-8964, Silver Lexus RX350

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Round 6 - is our final hike in this series. For this event, the first three miles of the hike will be very challenging. The elevation gain of about 1400' is almost entirely in the beginning. Therefore, be prepared to climb! The mountain will be climbing has the best rock scrambling in the New York Metro Area.


***This is a rock scramble, which means you will be walking on rocks/boulders and dealing with steep elevation. This is a step up from the easier Anthony's Nose scramble, and it is about as hard as a beginner hike gets. DO NOT come in running shoes or anything with very little grip. There are a few parts where you will need to rely on the grip of your footwear, and also use your hands a bit to ascend. There will be spectacular views throughout our steep climb, and then an easier descent along the red and yellow trails.***


You must be in decent enough physical shape to WALK about 7 miles or 140 city blocks, but keep in mind we will be gaining and descending 1400 feet of elevation as well. We will also be discussing hiking safety, using maps and compasses, trail etiquette, hiking gear, historical sites along the way, and more!

Excellent description of "The 10 Essentials" here:

You must come with appropriate gear/clothing/footwear to handle a hike on irregular and possibly muddy terrain. You must bring ample water (at least 1 liter) and a snack if you desire. Insects aren't usually a problem here but bring DEET with you just in case. I also recommend bringing a spare set of socks and comfortable shoes to change out of after the hike. If you have any questions, please ask in the comments.

Try to wear merino wool and/or synthetics. Avoid denim, cotton or anything else that takes forever to dry. If you have cotton socks or denim jeans that get wet during a hike, you will be miserable until we are done. This is a general rule of hiking and you do not have to go out and buy a bunch of gear to attend this event. However, do not compromise on footwear; never underestimate a rock scramble!


Guests, children, and leashed dogs (NO retractable leashes!) are all welcome. However, we encourage all adults to sign up to HVH as it is free and also a good way to meet people. is the true social media that encourages people to meet in person, instead of interacting solely on the internet like other so-called "social media".

If you RSVP YES but decide last minute, for whatever reason at all, that you can't make it, then please just change your RSVP to NO; or text me / comment on the page so I don't mark you as a no-show. I have no problem with that at all on a hike such as this. However, please don't leave yourself as a YES and then not show up. You leave us waiting and wondering where you are; please communicate.


I will only consider cancelling if there is a higher than a 30% chance of rain. That is a general rule and I will Email out limited updates to keep everyone informed, if applicable. You must be responsible to bring what you feel is necessary to deal with any inclement weather. As always, ask questions if you are unsure what is appropriate to bring. Some people wear all wool/synthetics and don't care about getting wet, some bring light rain jackets, and some even bring umbrellas.

***Since this involves rock scrambling, and wet rocks are not fun, I may cancel if it is going to possibly rain for the beginning of the hike. After we get to the top, there is no more scrambling, and a sprinkle won't hurt.***

Time-frame / Meeting place

We will arrive at 8:45 AM and start our hike at 9 AM sharp to avoid the rush from the 9:09 train that stops near the trailhead. The GPS directions should take you right to the large Breakneck Lot. There are port-a-potties at the trailhead.,+Beacon,+NY+12508/@41.4458189,-73.9793368,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89dd331eec2d9ea5:0x30ec7ea9f1a97930?hl=en

The distance is about 3 miles with around 1400' elevation gain. We will hike around 1.5 MPH in the beginning and faster after we hit the top. As always we will stay together as a group, so I expect the hike to take about 3 hours. We will be absolutely sticking together the whole time and not breaking up into mini-groups at all. we will be stopping several times along the way to allow people to catch up, as this hike has several "false summits". You'll know what I mean when you hike it.


The first 0.4 miles of the hike has about 800' of elevation gain. Take it slowly as not to "burn out your quads". If you push yourself too hard and beyond your ability, your legs will turn to jelly and you'll probably need an extended break before you can continue. We then hit the flagpole and spend a relaxed time recovering and enjoying the views. When we are ready to leave, we'll continue to several more humps and take breaks as needed.


Please bring a map, just in case:

Going up the white trail (BR), then left on red (BB) and left on yellow (WM).


Once again, I would love to hear everyone's constructive feedback about the hike, what they were hoping to get out of it, what they ultimately got out of it, and what they would like to see me do in the future.

We will have lunch at Max's on Main in Beacon or RoundUp Texas BBQ:!/page_Menu1

Once again, if you have any questions or concerns, please post in the comments below.


NOTE: You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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