July 5, 2021 – Chilly Spring, NY
Size: Roughly 1.9 miles
Max elevation: 592 ft.– complete elevation achieve roughly 625 ft.
Route kind: Out and again
Purchase Map: East Hudson Trails Map #102
Free Net Map: Hudson Highlands Path Map North 2021
Trailhead parking: Wilkinson Memorial Trailhead – Beacon, NY 12508
Breakneck Ridge is a mountain alongside the Hudson River between Beacon and Chilly Spring, straddling the boundary between Dutchess and Putnam counties. Breakneck Ridge is situated inside the confines of Hudson Highlands State Park Protect and is run by the New York Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Till the early twentieth century, the mountain was often known as St. Anthony’s Face or Turk’s Face, after a face-like stone formation on the southern cliffs that was destroyed by quarrymen in 1846. It has a number of summits, the very best, a long way inland, reaching roughly 1,260 ft above sea degree. The southern face of the height is exceptional for its placing cliffs, the results of quarrying in previous years.
Breakneck Ridge is taken into account probably the greatest and hardest day hikes within the nation. The steep ascent up its western face entails climbing over rock ledges, utilizing each palms and ft. This rock scramble attracts hikers from throughout and is likely one of the hottest hikes within the area.
The fantastically constructed Nimham Path supplies a better various to the summit for hikers who search Breakneck’s gorgeous views of the Hudson River Valley whereas avoiding the steep rock scramble. The path follows the pure “bench,” or shelf, alongside the ridge, connecting the flagpole space to the Wilkinson Memorial Path.
Skilled Path Builders, Tahawus Trails LLC, with help from the Jolly Rovers, constructed the brand new Nimham Path between October 2020 and July 2021. The half-mile path has over 500 expertly engineered stone stairs fastidiously harvested from the slopes of Breakneck. The Nimham Path opened to the general public on July 1, 2021. As soon as open, foot visitors on the Breakneck Ridge Path ascent will grow to be one-way (up solely); the brand new path can be two-directional.
That is the primary development mission managed by the Hudson Highlands Fjord Path, a brand new non-profit working with State Parks and the 19 different mission companions to advance the Hudson Highlands Fjord Path linear park between Beacon and Chilly Spring.
The impetus to the Nimham Path was the growing recognition of mountaineering at Breakneck Ridge, visited by over 100,000 hikers yearly. The brand new path will assist each cut back misplaced and injured hiker calls and protect the mountain habitat. Knowledge gathered by the NY-NJ Path Convention exhibits most individuals who hike Breakneck are both novice hikers or, in actual fact, trying Breakneck Ridge as their first hike. Novice hikers typically attain the primary summit and resolve they don’t suppose they will end the hike. They attempt to discover a approach down from the flagpole space and that’s when issues come up. The Nimham Path provides the choice of a shorter loop hike centered on the flagpole space of the Breakneck Ridge Path. The Nimham Path will enable hikers to get a style of Breakneck whereas offering a safer technique to bail out.
The path is called in honor of Wappinger Chief Daniel Nimham (1726–1778) a revered chief of the Wappinger individuals, whose ancestral lands, together with these of the Lenape and Munsee, embrace the idyllic panorama now generally known as the Hudson Highlands.
Daniel Nimham and his son Abraham (born in 1745) fought for the American trigger through the Revolution and have been a few of America’s first Veterans. They served with Washington at Valley Forge and later with Normal Marquis de Lafayette’s troops. On August 31, 1778, the Nimhams and fifty of their fellow Wappinger have been surrounded then killed within the Battle of Kingsbridge, in what’s now Van Cortlandt Park within the Bronx.
This hike follows the yellow-blazed Wilkinson Memorial Path for the primary 250 yards.
The half-mile Ninham Path marked with inexperienced blazes, connects the Wilkinson Memorial Path to the decrease lookout on Breakneck Ridge. A sequence of greater than 500 stone steps climbs steeply to Hudson River views from an space of staggered rock outcrops, marked with an American Flag.
The Nimham Path now permits entry to the well-known Breakneck Ridge flagpole space to people who want to keep away from the steep rock scramble that was mandatory earlier than this path was constructed. The path additionally supplies a shorter loop possibility for people who wish to do the rock scramble using the white-blazed Breakneck Ridge Path.
It’s a brief stroll uphill on the Wilkinson Memorial Path earlier than turning proper on the Nimham Path. This green-blazed path is the place you achieve lots of elevation rapidly. The Nimham Path good points over 500 ft of elevation in a few 1/2 mile. Though that is the best path to Breakneck Ridge, it’s nonetheless no stroll within the park. The expertly engineered stone steps helps hikers achieve lots of elevation in a brief distance, eliminating any rock scrambles which are often related to Breakneck Ridge.
Having seen the press launch for the opening of the brand new path, I wished to test it out. I’ve to say that I used to be fairly impressed with the craftsmanship of the stone steps. They went to nice lengths to make the steps as whilst attainable. The risers and treads of the steps are in keeping with a traditional staircase that one would encounter in an indoor setting. The path is properly laid out and blends into the panorama, making for an satisfying and scenic hike.
This out and again hike begins and ends on the trailhead for the Wilkinson Memorial Path on Route 9D.
Though the steps are fairly useful, the path remains to be steep because it climbs Breakneck Ridge and correct footwear must be worn.
An early begin on a weekday is beneficial for this hike because it will get actually crowded on the weekends.
On the east aspect of the highway, you’ll see a triple-yellow blaze that marks the beginning of the Wilkinson Memorial Path, which you’ll comply with for the primary 250 yards. The path climbs step by step on a large footpath, climbing a number of units of stone steps alongside the best way. The path quickly involves a junction with the green-blazed Nimham Path, which begins on the appropriate.
Flip proper on the Nimham Path and comply with the inexperienced blazes as they ascend Breakneck Ridge on one other huge footpath. A brief distance later, the path crosses a wood footbridge and ascends steeply on stone steps.
The path turns proper and climbs extra stone steps, then ranges off briefly, and once more climbs extra steps. Because the path good points elevation, the Hudson River is seen by means of the timber down under.
In about 0.3 mile from the beginning of the Nimham Path, there’s a massive rock outcrop on the appropriate with views over the Hudson River with Storm King Mountain straight throughout and Pollepel Island and Bannerman Fortress to the north. This makes a great spot for a brief break.
If you find yourself able to proceed, proceed forward on the Nimham Path because it continues to climb stone steps, now much more steeply. After climbing some steps bounded by a wood railing, the path moderates because it nears its terminus at a rock outcrop simply above the flagpole space.
The views up and down the Hudson River from this level are spectacular, and it would be best to take a relaxation to benefit from the panoramic views.
If you find yourself able to proceed, retrace your steps again to the Nimham Path, marked by an indication, and switch left.
Wanting as much as the highest of the ridge from the junction with the Nimham Path, you’ll discover a steep, near-vertical rock outcrop that the Breakneck Ridge Path climbs to realize the crest of the ridge.
Retrace your steps alongside the Nimham Path, again to the junction with the Wilkinson Memorial Path and bear left. Then comply with the yellow blazes again to Route 9D, the place the hike started.
An awesome hike on a properly constructed path to panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley. Though it was fairly foggy on our go to, it was nonetheless a great time out on the paths. We have been on the path by 7:30am and again to the trailhead by 9:30am. By getting an early begin, we didn’t encounter another hikers on the best way up. By the point we left the flagpole space, a gradual stream of individuals began to cross by means of. Value doing at the very least as soon as to marvel on the exhausting work that was finished to create this glorious path.
Nimham Path, Breakneck Ridge, American Flag, Hudson River Valley views, properly constructed trails.
Breakneck Ridge will get extraordinarily crowded on weekends.
Take a hike!