Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Trail

Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - photo: Daniel Chazin Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - photo: Daniel Chazin Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Sugarloaf Mountain and Breakneck Ridge Trail - Hudson Highlands State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike steeply climbs to several panoramic viewpoints over the Hudson River, gaining a total of about 2,000 feet in elevation.

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At the parking area, you'll see a triple-yellow blaze that marks the start of the Wilkinson Memorial Trail, which you will follow for the first half of the hike. The trail begins to climb on a winding woods road, passing a stone foundation to the right. After about a third of a mile, the trail briefly leaves the road to cross a stream. The climb back to the road is rather steep, but the grade...

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May 28, 2012
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Timber Rattlers on Breack Neck
They are all over the East Highland trials and Doddletown also.  They are to  be avoided.  This article will make you think twice about a close encounter: http://www.venomousreptiles.org/articles/345?venomsid=f065e3fa57ac4a0dab...
thegup
May 27, 2012
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5-26-2012 - Timber Rattesnake sighting - Yellow Trail
It would be great if you could post a link to your pictures.
kmalkin@nynjtc.org
May 27, 2012
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5-26-2012 - Timber Rattesnake sighting - Yellow Trail
For all hikers on breackneck Ridge and Sugarloaf Mountain: On the yellow trail halfway between red and blue intersections, on the sugarloaf mountain side (past the famous dead tree overlooking the Hudson), i had a very close encounter with what i now know to be a Timber Rattlesnake, about 4 ft in length.  It was perfectly still in the grass, yellow in color dark stripes with a nice size rattle.  It did not threaten me or my dog, but please understand these are rare snakes, threatened species in NY and should be taken very seriously.  Venomous snakes should not be handled or disturbed.  I nearly walked right into it, and my dog thankfully cruised right by it without noticing thankfully.  I have some incredible pictures as I had my SLR with me. There are only 200 of these snakes in NY according to web sites and DEP accounts.  Be on the lookout, and never disturb them. 
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