November 21, 2017
Fantastic hike - but not for the faint-hearted
Just completed this hike for the first time. The first ascent is insane - very difficult, and if you have any fear of heights your will will be tested for sure. That said, it was 100% worth it. Getting to the top of the first summit was an amazing experience. The three summits that follow provide incredible views. The descent down the red trail is murder on your knees and hooking up with the yellow trail was definitely a sight for sore legs. Follow all of the advice given here. Do NOT attempt in wet weather. All in all, absolutely loved the hike in spite of the challenge it provides.
June 01, 2016
Breakneck for Children
I was with a group of 22 (12 adults and 10 kids ranging in ages from 9-12) that hiked Breakneck Ridge (BnR) this past saturday 5/28/16, 89 degrees F. We started hiking around 1:30pm and completed our hike in 4 hours (we took the BnR trail to Notch Trail and then to Brook Trail back to 9D). All the kids did just fine. However, a 9 and 10 year old girl required some assistance in maneuvering across some bigger boulders and rocks at a very steep incline. Rock scrambling is fun but there is real danger if one is not paying attention or is taking risks beyond one's ability. This is where adult supervision and guidance is needed. Kids need to follow the proper technique for scrambling - that is - staying close to the rock, take their time, and always make 3 points of contact when scrambling. Make sure the kids don't have anything heavy on their backs and nothing in their hands when climbing. If it's a warm day, kids have a tendency to forget to ration their water, so bring enough water for yourselves and them. Our group of 22, collectively, didn't bring enough water. Halfway into the hike, we had to share and ration our water in case of an emergency. They recommend at least 2 liters per adult on a warm day. We really averaged 1 liter/adult which was not good. Most were very thirsty by hike's end.
May 31, 2016
They will love it, but should
They will love it, but should have some supervision on the exposed portions. You might want to do it at less crowded times than weekends since moving at the pace of the crowd is less fun than moving at your own pace. Grandparent of now 9 and 12 year olds who have been doing peak bagging for several years.
May 31, 2016
Breakneck for Children
is this trail suitable for children or too ambitious/dangerous. I have two daughters aged 7 and 11. They are used to hiking up to 10 miles and have climbed the Bear Mountain trail up the rocks etc. Any advice appreciated!
January 23, 2016
That is sad to hear! People shouldn't be leavinng trash behind.
August 10, 2015
Stay trashy...I mean classy...still one of the best hikes around
I'm used to 6-10 mile hikes all around CT, NY, and NJ. My nephew recommended this hike a few days back and I had to try it. I brought a friend who is getting into hiking and we were both blown away. For a 3.5 mile hike this was a challenge! Awesome hike! Now for my one major complaint. What is it with people and leaving trash on the trail? Who are these people and who taught them how to act so selfish and classless? I mean it was bad. There was tons of trash on the white trail. I've been around the country hiking and backpacking and have never seen it this bad.
July 05, 2015
Awesome & Challenging!
I hiked this trail with my sister today, and we were not prepared for how strenuous it was! We are beginner hikers and we didn't realize just how far you have to climb and how long the trail really is. There was a lot of walking through the bushes, and scraping ourselves on loose rocks, but we had a great time none the less! The overlooks were truly beautiful, and the Cornish ruins along the red path were cool!!!
May 11, 2015
By far, the most popular hike in the Highlands and still my favorite, too.
August 26, 2014
what a terrific video!
How nice that someone bothered to put this together to give an informative heads up to newcomers to this hike.
July 25, 2014
Left turn heads up
The sharp left turn described on the red trail is unmarked. You may even think you have taken a wrong turn because you won't see any red blazes. But keep going. Eventually, the red blazes do appear. Also, the downhill is challenging.
May 28, 2014
2014 Weekends at Breakneck Ridge
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July 03, 2013
Strenuous Up and Steep Down
HIked this today. The turn described in the third paragraph from the end is now well marked with two bright red NYS Taconic Region markers. The junctions with both the Breakneck Bypass and Wilkinson trails are quite well marked. The route is indeed quite steep going up with challenging rock scrambles. While the route up is what gets most of the attention, following the tiring ascent, the rest of the rocky descent feels longer than the 2 miles or so it is. With a few short stops this took us just under 3.5 hours
January 06, 2012
Breakneck Bypass turnoff easy to find (October 2011)
Arrived around 7 am on a beautiful fall weekend, first car in the lot. The trail was very fun when you're the only one on it....a little scary that way, too. The fun part definitely occurs in the first hour. The rest of the hike offers some interesting glimpses of Bannerman's Castle, but after the thrill of the rock climb, it's kind of a downer. The turnoff onto the Breakneck Bypass Trail was very clearly marked. Here is a photo of the Breakneck Bypass Junction in October 2011: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kleepet/6650569355/