I legit thought a whole gang of people where gonna roll through on this hike after 2 feet of fresh pow dumped on the mountain. I mean, who wouldn’t want to climb Breakneck in the snow, amiright? Well, no one came. Just me. So I did it. I got all the way up, and there’s this one part where you can opt to go the easy way or the hard way. I chose the easy way, slipped and the left side of my head tapped a pointy rock on my temple. Let that sink in for a minute. I decided that was a sign and headed down the easy route. Carefully. Take a look at the pics, though. It was still a dope day.
Original trip description:
This is the big, group, hard hike you've all been waiting for. This hard hike is custom-made for masochists. Starting from Breakneck Point in upstate NY, we immediately climb 1,000 feet in elevation in less than an hour (Yeah!), giving us spectacular views of the Hudson. We'll continue along Breakneck Ridge which connects us to Breakneck Ridge Notch, where we'll end up crossing the (in)famous South Beacon Mountain watch tower. And if all that wasn't exciting enough, we will be completing this hike along the Casino Trail via the hidden, unmapped Beacon Reservoir Trails we discovered in 2013's Hard Scouting Hike (Sign up to our email updates to find out about these)! The trip wraps up in Beacon, NY, in the same manner we started, crazy-steep, 1,000 foot descent. This trail promises more exciting terrain, epic scrambling, and awesome vistas than you can shake a stick at!
At the end of the hike, we're crossing the 30-minutes through the entire town of Beacon to the train station, with a refuel pit stop (BEER!) at the end of Main Street before we hop on the train.
We're meeting at the clock at Grand Central Station at 8:30a to catch the Breakneck Ridge train departing 8:44a. (Buy your ticket roundtrip to Beacon for $30.50 at the ticket counter). Expect the hike to go from 10a to 6p point-to-point and our cross through town and pit stop to last until 8p. We'd catch the 8:13p back to Grand Central Station. We're going rain, snow or shine. Read the fine print and what to pack. The hashtag for this trip is #thehardbreakneck