From NYC to Breakneck Ridge, No Car Needed

Breakneck Ridge Station Trailhead

When you exit the train at Breakneck Ridge Station, you’re steps away from the trailhead.

Breakneck Ridge is one of the most popular hikes in the Hudson Valley. The appeal isn’t only in the challenge—it’s widely regarded as the most strenuous trek in the East Hudson Highlands—or the spectacular views. Breakneck is also a favorite hiking destination thanks to its easy access to New York City, no car needed.

Thrive has created a great video highlighting just how simple it is to reach Breakneck from Midtown. On weekends and holidays, three trains depart for the Breakneck Ridge station from Grand Central on the Metro-North Hudson Line (two in the morning and one in the early afternoon). The video points out two popular routes—the Breakneck Ridge Loop and another loop that ends in the town of Cold Spring, where you can grab a bite to eat before heading back to the city.

Keep an eye out for a cameo by the Trail Conference’s own Breakneck Ridge Steward, Brian Tragno, who worked from Memorial Day through Columbus Day helping hikers with information about the area and providing maps and water. Make sure to say hi when our stewards return to Breakneck next spring.

About Trail Walker

Since 1920, the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has partnered with parks to create, protect, and promote a network of more than 2,100 miles of public trails in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. The Trail Conference organizes volunteer service projects that keep these trails open, safe, and enjoyable for the public. We publish maps and books that guide public use of these trails. The Trail Conference is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization with a membership of 10,000 individuals and 100 clubs with a combined membership of 100,000 active, outdoor-loving people.
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