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September 17, 2016
Just a note regarding parking. The Masonic lodge has not one but two 'Private Property No Parking' signs on their side of the gravel lot. The house on the other side also has no parking signs. I'm paranoid about coming back after a long hike to find my car has been towed, so signs like this in the designated parking are scare me. In the front left (closest to Secor St.) there is a Winter Parking Area sign, so I took this to mean that it was safe to park here. The trailhead for the Undercliff (yellow) trail is also in the rear of the lot, so there's no need to walk down Secor to get to the green Nelsonville trail. When I was there yesterday there was a small 'trail' sign with an arrow. Be advised that there are a LOT of well traveled unmarked trails in this area.
July 07, 2016
Hike can be done in opposite direction
This hike, like nearly every hike, can be done in the opposite direction, if you so choose. Alternatively, you could take the return train one stop from Breakneck Ridge to Cold Spring, get off and spend some time there, then return to New York City on a later train.
July 07, 2016
Can this be done backwards?
We were planning on coming up Saturday to hike Breakneck but want to stop in Cold Spring before we take the train back to NYC. Can this hike be done starting on the Breakneck Ridge Trail, turning onto Notch and taking it to Nelsonville trail to finish?
August 07, 2014
Hike does not include climb of Breakneck Ridge
The hike described above uses a portion of the Breakneck Ridge Trail, but it does not include the very steep climb from Route 9D to the ridge, which is the outstanding feature that has made Breakneck Ridge so well known. The hike does feature spectacular views from high points along Breakneck Ridge, but if you want to experience the full climb of the ridge, you should take the Breakneck Ridge Loop hike that is described separately.
August 07, 2014
Does this hike include the actual Breakneck Ridge Climb?
Is this hike inclusive of the hike described here? It's hard to tell. http://www.nynjtc.org/hike/breakneck-ridge-trail
June 20, 2011
Re: Map 102 Nelsonville trail error
Thanks for making note of this omission on the map. Others have indeed brought this to our attention, and we have made a note to make these adjustments on the next edition of the map. I believe one source of our roads data indicated this stretch of road as a private driveway, and so it was not included on the map, but we will be sure to properly show the road and parking on the next edition. ~JeremyTC Cartographer
June 19, 2011
Map 102 Nelsonville trail error
As many have noticed already, the Nelsonville trail does not cross Gatehouse Rd on the NYNJTC trail map 102. This should be corrected as not to confuse people. (the Nelsonville Nature Preserve kiosk map which is located both at N. Pearl St. and at Gatehouse Rd is more accurate).