Breakneck Mountain Loop from Diltzes Lane

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Along the Breakneck Mountain Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Along the Breakneck Mountain Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike passes through dense mountain laurel thickets and crosses open rock slabs with interesting glacial erratics.

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At a green gate towards the rear of the parking area, you'll notice a triple red-dash-on-white blaze that marks the start of the Tuxedo–Mt. Ivy Trail. Follow this trail uphill on a wide dirt road, then bear right at the power line clearing and continue along a dirt road parallel to the power lines for about 0.2 mile. As the road crosses under the power lines, you’ll come to a Y-junction, where...

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December 08, 2019
Great early Dec hike !
Probably the best (winter) hike ever ! The park had a nice 3-4" snow cover and the temps were in the low 30's with no wind and mostly sunny. The initial climb is strenuous but it levels out and the remainder of the hike is relatively easy. The snow cover was never an issue as there was no icy spots to navigate due to the low temps since the snowfall. Only saw a total of 5 hikers all day. There are a few nice views while passing the lakes and ponds but no real overlooks. Still, this is a great 7 mile trek. I had a difficult time figuring out the red arrow trail head...I didn't see a cairn and the markings on the tree are easy to miss. In addition there is a solid white blaze on a tree at the start of the red arrow trail that I assume does not belong there.
May 25, 2015
Misplaced marker along power lines
We did this trail yesterday.  Just as the trail bears left, we also noted a red dash on white marker on a tree going straight on the right so kept going until we realized we missed the turn.  Ignore this marker
May 26, 2014
The terrain was nice and the first viewpoint was pretty good, but be careful doing this hike in late May, as we were swarmed by some kind of (mostly not biting) gnats and flies.  Also, even though we had the map and the detailed description, we somehow got turned around halfway down the Breakneck Mountain trail due to the junctions on various rocks and ended up retracing our steps back to the Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail and going back down that way.
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