Metro-North to Make Additional Stops at Breakneck Ridge and Manitou
Said to be the most popular hike in the country, Breakneck Ridge is now accessible to more people than ever, thanks to the new, expanded Metro North train schedule.
Effective April 3, 2016, six trains in each direction stop at the Breakneck Ridge trailhead on weekends and holidays. (Until 2015, only two trains in each direction stopped at Breakneck Ridge.)
Trains leave Grand Central Terminal in midtown Manhattan for Breakneck Ridge once an hour on weekends, from 6:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A train to Breakneck also leaves at 12:45 p.m. Six trains stopping at Breakneck Ridge make the return trip starting at 1:09 p.m., with the final train departing Breakneck at 7:17 p.m. These trains also stop at the Manitou station, from which trailheads for Anthony's Nose and Bear Mountain—including the Appalachian Trail—may be reached.
“The new schedule will spread the crowds out onto more trains and enable more hikers to get to Breakneck more easily, thanks to several trains leaving Grand Central later in the morning and even in the afternoon,” said Trail Conference Senior Program Coordinator Hank Osborn. “The Metro North option to Breakneck will no longer be just for early risers.”
There are numerous trails—marked and unmarked—in the Breakneck Ridge area, and almost all hikes here are considered strenuous. Every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holiday from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, our Breakneck Trail Stewards are available at the Breakneck trailhead with maps, water, trail condition updates, and other tips to help you enjoy your day.
The Trail Conference hopes you enjoy your hike, and invites you to get involved by helping to care for the trails you love. Stop by the trailhead info station, say “hi,” and learn more about how the Trail Conference supports great hiking in our region.