Quiet and, at times, slightly shrouded in rising fog from nearby rivers and reservoirs, the 7.4-mile loop to Breakneck Mountain offers a rare, accessible experience in seclusion. Commuter trains and highways are both less than 10 miles from the trailhead, but hikers would never know it. Turkey calls, rippling, seasonal streams, and rustling leaves are the only sounds permeating dense, sylvan woodlands on this trek to a 1,260-foot summit in the Ramapo Mountains.
From the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trailhead, climb through lush woods dotted with gigantic, rock outcroppings. Turn onto the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail after about a mile and a half. The yellow-blazed singletrack traverses rolling hills of flowering bushes and offers up intermittent boulder scrambles.
After a short descent through a waist-high shrub corridor, a hidden, tree-lined lake laps up against rocky shores. The Breakneck Mountain Trail is only a 1,000 feet farther. Huff it over three ridgeline overlooks up to the summit. The views are not far-reaching by any means, but they do showcase gorgeous foliage in the fall. After a mile and a half, get back on the Tuxedo-Mounty Ivy Trail as it cuts through overgrown swampland. Retrace steps back to the trailhead.
-Mapped by MacKenzie Ryan
MAP: Download a park map at nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/145/maps.aspx
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INFO: Harriman State Park, (845) 786-2701; nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/145/details.aspx
49 Fitzgerald St.
Yonkers, New York 10710
2328 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10027
1581 Route 202 # 148
Pomona, NY 10970
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14 Thiells Mount Ivy Rd. # 2
Pomona, NY 10970