Breakneck Ridge

Trail and Mountain
Cold Spring
39 Tips and reviews
  • hiking
  • scenic views
  • rock scrambles
  • rock climbing
  • beacon
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  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KuriloffAugust 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    THE BEST hiking in the NYC vicinity. Take the metro north train from grand central, but come prepared with food and water! The train stop has none of it. Continue on to beacon tower!
  • Alec P.
    Alec PerkinsDecember 9, 2015
    If you’re feeling up for 10 miles round trip, keep going to Sunset Point and onward on white to the Mt Beacon Fire Tower, then back on yellow trail up and over Sugarloaf. Doable with the 9a/4p trains.
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 25, 2016
    The steep, strenuous hike is one of the most common in the Northeast for more reasons than just its accessibility: Strategic rock scrambling rewards with panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley. Read more
  • Jay S.
    Jay SSeptember 5, 2014
    The flag pole is great for pictures and all, but don't be deceived. You still have a ways to go. Bring at least 1.5L of water for the standard loop trail
  • Jon Jon
    Jon JonAugust 8, 2016
    Mountain that straddles Beacon & Cold Spring. The hike towards the first of the four scenic outlook requires you to do a rock scramble. Make sure to bring a lot of water and snacks as well as gloves.
  • Houlihan Lawrence
    Houlihan LawrenceJuly 30, 2012
    Breakneck Ridge is one of North America's most popular hiking trails. On a clear sunny day you can see the New York City skyline, so keep an eye out!
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    steep initial climb is worth it for the amazing views and fun rock scrambling oppurtunties. metro north train from nyc will let you off near the trailhead.
  • Roniel T.
    Roniel TesslerJune 11, 2015
    Great hike! But beware, if you're thinking it'll be easy to get a taxi or hitch a ride to Cold Spring, guess again.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RomoJune 28, 2015
    Lots of climbing. Getting up was not a problem but going down was a challenge. We followed the red trail down but then all of a sudden disappeared? No marks and ended up off the trail. Be aware
  • Asher K.
    Asher KrellJune 15, 2015
    Amazing hike but be prepared for a serious workout to get up here
  • Tim H.
    Tim HuberNovember 19, 2016
    Great views! It's an awesome hike and isn't as easy as you think which is great! Don't pack too much
  • Brooklyn
    BrooklynMarch 19, 2014
    Metro station often does not stop at the breakneck station, so watch out. Get off at Cold Springs of that's the case, because a cab ride from Beacon will cost you $20 for a 5 mile ride.
  • Vicki N.
    Vicki NAugust 31, 2014
    Breathtaking views, get to the top - worth the climb.
    Trails.comJanuary 21, 2011
    Expect some hand-over-hand rock scrambles and wear boots that protect ankles. High winds and rain increase risk of the rocky ascent. Read more
  • Venera V.
    Venera VarbanovaNovember 14, 2015
    Short and steep uphill, long downhill, river views, train access
  • Kien N.
    Kien NguyenOctober 19, 2015
    Lots of incline but the view is well worth it!
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyMay 12, 2012
    Check out the abandoned house near the end of the blue route
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaNovember 5, 2014
    Great day hike. Take the route to Cold Spring and have dinner there. The train leaves from there too.
  • Bogdan P.
    Bogdan PopaNovember 1, 2015
    Great place to hike. Do the rock scrambling trail!
  • David M.
    David MinkinAugust 22, 2012
    Park (4 cars) at the pull-off on the west side of Route 9d, just beyond the Breakneck Tunnel
  • Martha
    MarthaJuly 10, 2016
    not an easy hike at all. more of a vertical rock climb. but nice views along the way.
  • Doug T.
    Doug TabuchiJanuary 20, 2016
    Hiking thats accessible from the city via Metro North! Yes please!
  • Jeanne C.
    Jeanne ChoMay 2, 2015
    Download map app Avenza bc IT IS possible to get lost aka go on a longer hike deeper into not ever going home😳
  • Deblette
    DebletteOctober 12, 2014
    beautiful trails and uphill rock climbing.
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimOctober 10, 2011
    The first part of the hike is the hardest... be prepared for some climbing! Read more
  • Joy C.
    Joy ChenNovember 21, 2014
    Beginning of the hike involves climbing a wall of boulders (don't bring a dog), and remember to look back at the scenic views as you climb! A Metro North to Breakneck Ridge is available on weekends.
  • Fanny M.
    Fanny MSeptember 27, 2015
    Great hike to watch Sunset!
  • karina f.
    karina floresOctober 3, 2016
    The view is amazing
  • Mike N.
    Mike NolteMay 16, 2015
    Best day hike in the NYC area!
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannAugust 15, 2015
    CRAY INCLINE but great, worth it:
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxJune 14, 2015
    Do not underestimate the ridge... do not bring young children or elderly relatives. They cannot manage the ascent.
  • Tiffany R.
    Tiffany RobertsMarch 18, 2013
    It was a serious challenge to me a beginner (:
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanOctober 19, 2015
    Great views of the Hudson!
  • Zac S.
    Zac SeippNovember 8, 2015
    The hike is great
  • Trail W.
    Trail WalkerJuly 8, 2010
    If the climb doesn't take your breathe away, wait till you see the views! Read more
  • Selene L.
    Selene LiszkaMay 29, 2010
    Great rocky steep climb with fabulous views from the top
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HelmanJuly 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
  • Ray T.
    Ray TseMarch 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Built a snowman yesterday.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AlongiJuly 15, 2011
    Careful of the raspberry bushes, ha!
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