Breakneck Ridge

Breakneck Ridge - Hudson Highlands State Park - NY Travel Blog

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THIS is the trail!

Hudson Highlands State Park is the place of one of my first hikes in NY State (see here). It is located just north of the village of Cold Spring, and just across the Hudson River from Storm King Mountain, (see my previous weblog entry here).

It was actually my last week's hike that triggered my curiosity for this part of the Hudson Highlands. And after having hiked this spectacular trail I wonder why I have waited so long. Because apart from a nice hike, with great nature, stunning views and the highest point of the area it offers a really thrilling rock scrambling climb. The first part of the trail climbs with an inclination of about 45% to the 384-meter (1260-ft) high Breakneck Ridge.

South view from half-way Breakneck Ridge on the Hudson
 At some parts of the trail the hiker has to pull him/herself up on the rocks.

I took a long detour that lead me to the South Beacon Mountain, with an altitude of 491 meters (1610 ft) the highest point in the Hudson Highlands. A site I visited before via a different route (see here).

The different route back to the car had no mercy, it went roller coaster like up-and-down. In the end I climbed and also descended a total of almost 1150 meters (3773 ft) in a 15-km (9.3-mile) hike.

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. 

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THIS is the trail!
THIS is the trail!
South view from half-way Breakneck…
South view from half-way Breaknec…
Halfway breakneck Ridge, view on S…
Halfway breakneck Ridge, view on …
THIS is the trail!
THIS is the trail!
THIS is the trail!
THIS is the trail!
Breakneck Ridge, still to go!
Breakneck Ridge, still to go!
Breakneck Ridge, still to go!
Breakneck Ridge, still to go!
View from Breakneck Ridge on the H…
View from Breakneck Ridge on the …
The rest of the hike is flatter be…
The rest of the hike is flatter b…
The rest of the hike is flatter be…
The rest of the hike is flatter b…
Observatory platform. Unfortunatel…
Observatory platform. Unfortunate…
The fire tower of South Beacon Mou…
The fire tower of South Beacon Mo…
On my way back, the sun is already…
On my way back, the sun is alread…
Bird migration in progress
Bird migration in progress
Descending back to Hudson level
Descending back to Hudson level
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisual…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSVisua…
Breakneck Ridge - Hudson Highlands State Park - NY
photo by: tktheworldtraveler