Breakneck Mountain Loop from Diltz Road (Diltzes Lane)

Overview

This loop hike passes through dense mountain laurel thickets and crosses open rock slabs with interesting glacial erratics.

Details
Time:
4.5 hours
Difficulty:
Moderate
Length:
6.9 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Public Transportation, Woods
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Rockland
State:
NY
Publication
First Published:
04/04/2013

Updated/Verified:
03/30/2013
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks. View of Hudson River from TMI Trail

Parking


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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.185126,-74.073896
Driving Directions

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 13 (US 202/Haverstraw/Suffern). Turn right at the bottom of the ramp, then turn right again onto US 202 West and continue for 1.7 miles to a junction with NY 306. Turn right onto Old Route 306, then right again at the next stop sign. In 0.2 mile, turn left onto Mountain Road; then, in another 0.2 mile, turn left again onto Diltzes Lane. Continue on Diltzes Lane for 0.2 mile and turn right into a gravel parking area.

Bus
The Short Line bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Bear Mountain stops at the intersection of Routes 202 and 306 in Pomona, N.Y. (the bus timetable designates this location as Pomona Heights, N.Y.).  From the bus stop, folllow the driving directions to the trailhead (the distancefrom the bus stop to the trailhead is about 0.7 mile).  For more information, go to www.coachusa.com/shortline and look for the schedule for the New York City-Bear Mountain bus.
Description

At a green gate towards the rear of the parking area, you'll notice a triple red-dash-on-white blaze that marks the start of the Tuxedo–Mt. Ivy Trail. Follow this trail uphill on a wide dirt road, then bear right at the power line clearing and continue along a dirt road parallel to the power lines. Just beyond the next power line tower, bear left under the power lines to a Y-junction, and take the left fork uphill. A short distance beyond, follow the trail as it turns right and enters the woods.

The Tuxedo–Mt. Ivy Trail now ascends gradually on an old woods road. After crossing a stream on rocks, the road becomes rockier. Watch carefully for a left turn and follow the red-dash-on-white blazes as the trail leaves the road it has been following and continues to climb rather steeply on another old woods road. Near the top of the climb, the trail bears right and continues on a footpath.

Just below the summit of Eagle Rock, the trail reaches a viewpoint, with Limekiln Mountain visible to the north and the Hudson River to the east. Beyond the viewpoint, the trail continues to climb more gradually.

Soon, you'll reach a T-junction. The Red Arrow Trail, which will be your return route, begins on the right, but you should turn left to continue on the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail, which now descends gently. After climbing a little, the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail reaches a junction with the yellow-blazed Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail at the height of land, with an interesting rock outcrop on the right and an old stone fireplace on the left.

The Tuxedo–Mt. Ivy Trail now levels off and passes through dense mountain laurel thickets. In about half a mile, it reaches a T-junction with a woods road known as Woodtown Road. Here, the trail turns right, crosses a wooden footbridge over a stream, then turns sharply left. The trail now climbs on an old woods road, which soon levels off.

After crossing another stream on rocks, you'll notice the Green Swamp on the left. Towards the end of the swamp, after a short climb, follow the Tuxedo–Mt. Ivy Trail as it turns right, leaving the woods road it has been following. A short distance beyond, a triple white blaze on the right marks the start of the Breakneck Mountain Trail.

West Pointing Rock on the Breakneck Ridge TrailTurn right and follow the Breakneck Mountain Trail along the ridge of Breakneck Mountain. Soon, the trail passes West Pointing Rock, a large boulder with a sharp projection on its west side. The trail often emerges onto open rock slabs. At one point, it passes between two glacial erratics as it traverses an open rock slab. As the trail approaches the northeastern end of Breakneck Pond, the pond can be glimpsed through the trees to the left.

A short distance beyond, the Breakneck Mountain Trail ends at a junction with the yellow-blazed Suffern–Bear Mountain Trail. Continue straight ahead, following the yellow blazes downhill to the right toward the Third Reservoir.

After passing the western end of the reservoir, the trail climbs over Ladentown Mountain and descends to Woodtown Road. It crosses the road and a stream and soon reaches a junction (marked with cairns) with the Red Arrow Trail. Turn left onto the Red Arrow Trail, which skirts the edge of a swamp and descends, passing old rock walls on the left. The trail bears right at a fork, then bears right again and continues uphill on a woods road.

Soon, you'll reach the end of the Red Arrow Trail, marked by a triple blaze. Turn left onto the Tuxedo–Mt. Ivy Trail and follow it downhill to your car, now retracing the route you followed at the start of the hike.

Comment: Please be relevant, civil, non-commercial.

Misplaced marker along power lines

We did this trail yesterday.  Just as the trail bears left, we also noted a red dash on white marker on a tree going straight on the right so kept going until we realized we missed the turn.  Ignore this marker

Buggy

The terrain was nice and the first viewpoint was pretty good, but be careful doing this hike in late May, as we were swarmed by some kind of (mostly not biting) gnats and flies.  Also, even though we had the map and the detailed description, we somehow got turned around halfway down the Breakneck Mountain trail due to the junctions on various rocks and ended up retracing our steps back to the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail and going back down that way.

make a left after the third power line tower

At the beginning of this hike, when you get onto the dirt road paralleling the power line, if you turn left at the "next tower", there is a trail which turns into a Y, and if you turn left at the Y, you will get on an unblazed woods road which goes uphill.  Which is confusing.                 The actual trail for this hike makes a left after the third tower you see, which also turns into a Y, and if you go left there like Daniel says, you will see the trailhead for the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy trail.  The dirt road is not well blazed which adds to the confusion.  Fortunately had the map and figured it out.  Nonetheless, this was a great hike!

Pretty intense

Did this hike today and it is very nice walking through nature as it ought to be. Seen a few other hikers along the route, but generally no one for miles. The initial ascent after the first stream is the killer on this trail. If you make it up past that section, you will have no problems the rest of the way. Some of the markers were pretty faded, but generally everything was in good order!

Public Transportation is available for this hike!

Please update this hike to be included in the list of hikes available by public transportation. You can take a Shortline bus from Port Authority and get off at the intersection of 202 and 306 in Pomona. It is a decent length walk to the trailhead, but not too bad. I've done it many times.  I believe the bus is the same bus that goes to Bear Mountain.  Thank you!

Public Transportation is available for this hike!

Many thanks to Michael K7 for the bus information which has been added to the hike description.

Thanks but...

Thanks for this, however, is there any way to change the listing at the top of the hike so that under "Details" where it says "Features", it is listed as a public transportation available? If a new user searches hikes, and uses the "public transportation" criteria, this hike will not show up unless the above change is made. Thanks again!

Public transportation

I will update the "Public Transportation" section of this hike later today or tomorrow.  Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Thanks Daniel!

Thanks Daniel!