Take Metro North from Grand Central Station and start this 8.3-mile point-to-point by cranking up 1,000 feet to cross-Hudson views of Storm King Mountain’s whalelike prow. Scramble up granite slabs to an exposed ridge (or take the X-blazed bypass) and follow the Notch Trail—with vistas of bucolic dairy farmland and crum- bling, Scottish-style Bannerman Castle, which was once home to a 19th-century arms dealer. Finish the day with an easy meander into Cold Spring.
Miles from city center: 60
Location: 41.450061, -73.982406
Breakneck Ridge stop on MetroNorth
Location: 41.452586, -73.982084
Location: 41.450961, -73.968201