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New York City, NY: Breakneck Mountain Loop

Leave civilization behind on this 7.4-mile loop that connects mountaintop greenery, sweeping monoliths and low-lying swamps in southern Harriman State Park.

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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

PLAN IT

MAP: Download a park map at nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/145/maps.aspx

CONDITIONS: For current conditions, go to Bear Mountain, NY (10911) Weather.

INFO: Harriman State Park, (845) 786-2701; nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/145/details.aspx

OTHER RESOURCES

GEAR
REI
49 Fitzgerald St.
Yonkers, New York 10710
(914) 410-9500
rei.com

GROCERIES
Fairway Market
2328 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10027
(212) 234-3883
fairwaymarket.com

RESTAURANTS
Avanti Restaurant
1581 Route 202 # 148
Pomona, NY 10970
(845) 362-7278

Mt. Ivy Cafe
14 Thiells Mount Ivy Rd. # 2
Pomona, NY 10970
(845) 354-4746
mountivycafe.com

To Trailhead

From Penn Station: Take the Montclair Branch, Main & Bergen Co, Main/Bergen/Port Jervis, Morristown, Northeast Corridor, or NJ Coast Line to Suffern. From train station, head north on US-202. At 6.8 mi, make a left at Ladentown Rd. Turn L at Mountain Rd. Turn L at Diltz Rd. Trailhead on the right.

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