ABOUT THE PARK:
Hudson Highlands State Park - New York State Office of Parks and Recreation
Breakneck Ridge - Wikipedia
Cornish Estate - Hudson Valley Ruins
Little Stony Point - Paddle NY
GPS Coordinates 41.426706, -73.965436
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No sign for the parking lot, easy to miss. Heading north on 9D, drive slowly leaving the town of Cold Spring and watch for the lot on your right less than a mile out of town directly across from the Little Stony Point sign on the left. Get there early - the lot fills up fast.
East Hudson Trail Map #102 - NY/NJ Trail Conference (best map)
Hudson Highlands North Trail Map - NY State Office of Parks and Recreation
Cornish Estates - Breakneck Ridge - Bull Hill Loop: 8 miles
Cornish Estates - Breakneck Ridge Loop: 5.5 miles
Little Stony Point: 1 mile
The most popular way to hike Breakneck Ridge is up the white-blazed Breakneck Ridge Trail a little farther north on 9D. That almost vertical trail is beyond the capabilities of my dog and probably not a good idea for me with my fear of heights. So we went the back way, still a strenuous hike, minus the crowds, same fantastic views.
From the north end of the parking lot, pick up the white-blazed Washburn Trail just beyond the trail map box. After only a few steps, turn left on the blue-blazed Cornish Trail at the sign.
This link contains pictures of the original mansion.)
|Breakneck Brook Waterfalls|
|Bridge over Breakneck Brook on yellow-blazed Undercliff Trail|
The yellow-blazed trail terminates at the white-blazed Breakneck Ridge Trail beyond the steepest parts of the Breakneck Ridge Trail. Turn right and go up one fairly steep scramble to the views Breakneck Ridge is famous for.
|Rock Scramble to Views|
|View from Breakneck Ridge|
|Panoramic View from Breakneck Ridge - Storm King Mountain in center (click to enlarge)|
|Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island from Breakneck Ridge|
|Bull Hill (Mount Taurus) from Breakneck Ridge|
|Newburgh Beacon Bridge from Breakneck Ridge|
|View South from Bull Hill|
|Washburn Trail over Bull Hill|
Descending from Bull Hill, a short side trail loops around the inside of an old abandoned quarry.
|Loop Trail through Quarry|
After arriving back at the parking lot, it's worth taking a short trip over to Little Stony Point. Cross over 9D and take the foot bridge over railroad tracks. At the intersection with the "no swimming" sign there are 3 options. The right trail goes directly to the north where the beach is - expect lots of people heading in this direction in the summer. Left loops around south to north coming out at the beach and returning to this intersection. The center trail goes up to the top of the cliffs for great views. It's 1 mile total to walk both the lower and upper trails.
|View north from Little Stony Point|
|"The Beach" at the north end of Little Stony Point|
|Breakneck Ridge (left) and Bull Hill (right) from Little Stony Point Cliffs|
[ 0.00] White-blazed trail briefly to right on blue-blazed Cornish Trail
[ 0.25] Blue-blazed trail turns right on paved drive (gates to left)
[ 0.75] At fork go left on narrower paved path to mansion ruins
[ 0.90] Beyond collapsed bridge with blowdown, right on red-blazed Brook Trail
[ 1.00] Red-blazed trail turns right but short out and back straight goes to waterfalls
[ 1.30] Cross straight over mowed grass road with old concrete pillars on either side
[ 1.40] Keep straight on red when blue terminates at red to the right.
[ 1.50] Turn left on yellow-blazed Undercliff Trail, cross bridge
[ 1.90] Yellow trail terminates at white-blazed Breakneck Ridge Trail, turn right on white
[ 2.50] Side trail to left with views
[ 3.00] Right on blue-blazed Notch Trail
[ 3.50] Blue trail turn right on woods road with view of reservoir ahead
[ 3.70] Cornish dairy barn ruins
[ 3.80] Left on blue when red goes straight***
*** For 5.5 mile loop straight on red to left on blue Cornish Trail back to parking
[ 4.90] Straight on white-blazed Washburn Trail when blue trail terminates; trail crosses woods road - easy to miss, watch for blazes
[ 5.40] Side trails to views
[ 6.15] Keep straight on white crossing over yellow-blazed Undercliff Trail
[ 7.25] Turn right on unmarked side trail to loop around inside of old quarry
[ 7.50] Right on white at end of quarry loop
[ 8.00] Arrive back at parking lot