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Hiking Breakneck Ridge

Earlier in the week, I lamented to Greg that I felt like I’d missed out on autumn. We only had a few perfectly-cool days in the city, and our trip to Vermont was a little early in the season, so I felt like I’d missed the crisp, colorful fall days that I love so much.

Always my hero, he immediately planed a weekend hiking trip (I’m just ignoring the fact that Greg loves hiking and assuming the trip was all about pleasing me). We boarded the Metro North train with one destination in mind: Breakneck Ridge.

As we sped along the tracks, the Hudson River flowed past us with gorgeous trees in vibrant fall colors on the opposite shore. It was STUNNING and I can’t believe some commuters get to look at this autumn splendor every day.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

We exited the train at Breakneck Ridge Station and found ourselves right smack in the middle of fall. It was perfect, and everything I had been missing!

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

We headed to the trail and began our adventure.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

See, it was a true autumn wonderland!

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

But not before long, I began to understand why it’s called Breakneck Ridge. No, I didn’t break my neck (luckily!) but I did realize that when Greg said it was “steep,” what he really meant was we’d be climbing straight up a sheer cliff. I’m talking deliberately moving forward on all fours, making sure we didn’t fall backwards. It was less of a “hike” and more of a rock climbing expedition!

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

And this is how it continued, for as far as the eye could see.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

We continued onwards, me doing my best to enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves while not falling down a mountain.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

And Greg just enjoying every minute.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

We finally reached the first lookout point and it was breathtaking. It almost made me forget the difficult climb. Almost.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

But then we had to continue onwards, because according to Greg the views are best from the very top.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

After deciding I was never going hiking again, we finally made it to the top. And yes, Greg was right, it is beautiful.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

We sat down to fully take in the views.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

And then since the sun was beginning to get closer to the horizon, it was time to head back.

Luckily we did not need to scramble back down the way we came! Instead, there’s a back way that’s much easier. The trail just kind of meanders down, and I loved it because I got to really enjoy fall without the fear of falling (see what I did there?).

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

The autumn reds, yellows and oranges were at their finest.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

And we stumbled upon some other bright colors too!

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

We continued on to Cold Spring’s cute little village in search of the burgers our friend had recommended.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

And we finally reached it, leaving the splendid fall colors behind.

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

Hiking Breakneck Ridge - New York State - Wanderlust in the City

It was a perfect autumn day…

Minus the hiking!

~A

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4 replies »

  1. How fun! Such beautiful colors. Glad you lived to share them with us ;) My boyfriend and I were in Sleepy Hollow a few weeks ago – the colors were likewise stunning! We were seriously considering what the commute to the city would be like on a weekday…. LOL

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