Beyond New Paltz: Breakneck Ridge

Name: Breakneck Ridge

Location: Philipstown/Fishkill, NY

Phone number: This mountain range does not have a phone number, but you can visit for all the information you may need.

Description: OK, to be honest, this is no walk in the park; its difficulty rating is 10/10 for hikes. However, I have in fact done it, so I wholeheartedly believe that unless you have an actual physical disability, respectfully, you can do this hike. It’s called “breakneck” for a reason. During the ascension, I was on all fours for most of it, not necessarily because I had to be, but it definitely made it easier. Plus, it’s a full-body workout! Plus, plus, you’ll feel even better rewarding yourself with the yummy food that Beacon has to offer once you get back down the mountain.

Why Go: It’s finally starting to warm up, not that winter hikes aren’t a totally normal thing around here. I am a Hudson Valley native myself so the dead trees and spots of white on the ground don’t bother me too much. Doing this trail, or any hike in general, is quite a feeling. You feel so accomplished with every new height you reach. If you’re from the area, you might even bump into an old history teacher of yours with a 10 pound backpack and walking sticks climbing faster than you (true story). Or, perhaps you’re a lone wolf who needs some “Wild” type self discovery. Either way, the views overlooking the Hudson River are incredible, calming and Instagram-worthy.

How to Get There: Since there’s no direct address, you can’t really enter a mountain range into your GPS. What I would suggest is to put the intersection of Fair Street and RT. 9D in your GPS, which is a good place for parking and about a mile south of the Breakneck Ridge trailhead.

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Mahnoor Ali is a fourth-year English major with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. This is her third semester with the The Oracle. Previously, she has worked as Assistant Copy Editor and Features Editor. Her favorite stories to both read and write about are Culture, Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Columns, with an appreciation for News and social issues.