View from on top of Breakneck Ridge - Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve - Photo credit: Eduardo Gil View from on top of Breakneck Ridge - Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve - Photo credit: Eduardo Gil Hikers ascending steep section of Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Hikers ascending steep section of Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin View of Sugarloaf Mt .-  Breakneck Ridge Loop - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin View of Sugarloaf Mt .-  Breakneck Ridge Loop - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike steeply climbs Breakneck Ridge, with many spectacular views over the Hudson River.

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Despite its relatively short length, this is generally considered to be the most strenuous hike in the East Hudson Highlands. It involves steep climbs over rock ledges that can be very slippery when wet. You'll need to use both your hands and your feet in many places along the way. Proper footgear is essential for this hike, which is best done on weekdays, to avoid the crowds on weekends. Do...

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June 01, 2016
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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.
Ken-Yee
May 31, 2016
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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.
Walt Daniels
May 31, 2016
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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!
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