Day Trip: Hiking Breakneck Ridge

While it’s true that there’s always something to do in the city, there’s also plenty to do just outside of the city, and the spring/summer is the perfect time to take a trip off the island.  This weekend, Jen and I hiked Breakneck Ridge in Putnam County, in the state park located just between the towns of Beacon (last year’s favorite out of NY day trip) and Cold Spring, a relatively short 75-minute ride north from Grand Central.

The Breakneck Ridge train stop on Metro North is literally just a wooden platform, and while Jen and I thought ourselves well-prepared, with morning bagels and coffee, when the train left us on the side of the tracks with empty coffee cups and no garbage cans, we felt 100% the New Yorkers out of their element.  This was not aided by the fact that we then stumbled across a dead deer on the side of the road while walking to the trail head.

Breakneck Ridge is a great day hike if you’re up for it, the toughest physically was the bouldering at the start which seemed to angle straight up and enduring the hours of following hard-to-spot trail markers without being confident we were going in the right direction.   We did see and enjoy a lot of flora and fauna, including delicate but empty birds nests, nearly camouflaged frogs, and amazing views of the Hudson River and the neighboring mountains, not to mention the incredibly interesting and varied types of hikers including one stalwart woman who ran the trail – we don’t know where she came from or where she was headed, but she was badass.

~ by drywoodburstingintoflame on June 7, 2011.

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