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
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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
Mt. Ivy Cafe
14 Thiells Mount Ivy Rd. # 2
Pomona, NY 10970
- Distance: 12.0
Location: 41.185293, -74.074894
From parking lot and Tuxedo-Mount Ivory Trailhead, hike north toward the powerlines and access road.
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Turn R onto the access road and head northeast. Look for the TMI blaze: a white box with a red stripe through the center. The trail follows the road, then veers left up a washed-out singletrack.
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Turn L onto the washed-out singletrack.
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Bear L @ T-junction.
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Veer R @ Y-junction, heading into the woods.
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Go straight @ three-way.
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Go L @ T-junction.
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Go straight @ Y-junction. The trail to the right is also marked with white and red; however, it is designated with three arrows. Do not follow.
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Turn R @ four-way junction merging onto the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. Look for the SBM’s yellow blazes.
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Go L @ Y-junction, staying on the Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail. A tree on the left with three white blazes indicates the junction with the Breakneck Mountain Trail is up ahead.
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Go straight @ four-way.
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Pass Third Reservoir on the right. Walk down to the shore to enjoy the view, then work back to the trail.
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Go L @ Y-junction, merging onto the Breakneck Mountain Trail.
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Reach a broad rockface covered with cairns and large boulders, the first of three false summits.
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Reach the second false summit, another rockface, with views to the east.
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Pass the last false summit. Shortly thereafter, the summit appears to the left of the trail.
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Pass Breakneck Mountain Summit (1,260 feet) on the left.
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Go L @ Y-junction, merging back onto the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail.
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Turn L @ T-junction.
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Go R @ Y-junction.
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Turn L @ Y-junction. Look down the left of the trail, a partially hidden rock is painted with a red and white arrow.
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Continue straight @ four-way junction to close the loop; from here, backtrack to the trailhead.
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Shrub Oak Tunnel
Location: 41.202036, -74.086046
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Back into the Woodland
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