Breakneck Ridge

Breakneck Ridge

East Hudson Highlands

Hudson Highlands view south from Breakneck Ridge Hudson Highlands view south from Breakneck Ridge Breakneck Ridge - Photo Mike Lee Breakneck Ridge - Photo Mike Lee
41.441641, -73.976459

Often called ‘the most popular day hike in America,’ Breakneck Ridge is a challenging climb in Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve about 90 minutes north of New York City. The trails on Breakneck Ridge test hikers of all ages with steep rock ledges and then reward them with sweeping views of the Hudson River.

The 2.8-mile Breakneck Ridge Trail is easily accessible by car via Route 9D and by train from Manhattan via Metro-North’s Hudson Line, so you can count on lots of company during your hike.

Make sure to wear athletic shoes or hiking boots to climb Breakneck, and bring plenty of water and snacks. A map is always recommended. Do not attempt this hike in wet weather or if the trail is...

  • 05/18/19 Update: The Breakneck Ridge Trail has reopened following a rockslide. Visit the NYS Parks page for updates. Always be aware of the potential for falling rocks.
  • This is a challenging climb that’s steep in sections. You will use your hands and feet to keep your balance and pull yourself up in certain...

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