I can't think of a better day to hike than Christmas Day. There are a few of us who don't celebrate Christmas including me. There are a few others who were not born in the US so they celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve as it is the custom in most of the rest of the world. Some people don't have a family in NY to celebrate and for A, B or C reasons they are unable to go home. And then there are those who couldn't think of a better Christmas gift for themselves than to go on a hike with some of their newly acquired gear during Christmas.
For those of you who fit in all these categories and maybe some that I have left out, come out and join us. Let's get merry and go up to Beacon Tower. Maybe if we cross our fingers there will be some snow on the ground or maybe we will get a little snow falling as we hike. I have been on Breakneck with snow falling and it is quite magical. But that is a bit of dream. It rarely snows on the 25th in NY.
Who can come? Experience hikers. This is not a hike for beginners. Everyone will go at their own pace. You must know how to read a map.
NO COTTON!!!! COTTON KILLS!!!
Synthetic or wool base layers
2L of water
Map (optional but useful)
This hike is about 6 to 8 miles long.
We should be done around 4:30 pm so a headlamp is a must!!! Then we will get some food either in Beacon or Cold Spring.
There is an 8:43am train from Grand Central that arrives at Breakneck Ridge at 10:03am. You have to be in the last car to detrain or ask the conductor.
Those driving to Breakneck Ridge, make your way to Cold Spring, NY. Look for route 9D, take it North from Cold Spring for about 3 to 4 miles, you will cross a tunnel, right after the tunnel there are two parking lots. Go to the second one. Meet us there at 10am.
If you RSVP Yes and you don't come you will be part of a very very special list that no one wants to belong to.
my phone number for the day of the hike is[masked]. Call only on the day of the hike if you are lost and can't find your way to the trailhead or if you are on the train and can't find us.
DISCLOSURE: I am not responsible for anyone, everyone is coming on their own and that everyone is an experience hiker and can find their way out of the woods on their own if needed.