Intense rock scrambling, killer views, and a foreboding name: Breakneck Ridge [Intersection of Fair St & Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY – follow 9D and parking will be after the tunnel]. This is a mighty popular trail, and for good reason.
Yep, you’ll be climbing up that rock wall, and beyond. It’s relatively short – a 3.7 mile loop, but challenging. You start on the white trail and begin your ascent over the tunnel you drove under a few minutes earlier. Rocky upward trails will turn into rock scrambling, make sure you always have three points of contact with surface. Just keep climbing following the white markers and you’ll make it to the flag pole and first view of the day.
There are multiple overlooks with similarly stunning views, and opportunities to rest your weary soul. When you get to the fourth and final overlook signage takes pity on you and states that ‘the hardest part of your journey is over!’ High up you have even more incredible views, if you can believe it.
You will eventually pop out on the road where you parked, a bit sweatier than when you got there! White – red – yellow, complete this loop for powerful views of the Hudson Valley, and a fantastic workout!