Breakneck Mountain Loop from Diltzes Lane

Harriman-Bear Mountain State Parks

Along the Breakneck Mountain Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Along the Breakneck Mountain Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike passes through dense mountain laurel thickets and crosses open rock slabs with interesting glacial erratics.

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This hike traverses a remote and little-used section of Harriman State Park. It passes through beautiful thickets of mountain laurel (which blooms in early June) and traverses open rock ledges along the ridge of Breakneck Mountain (not to be confused with Breakneck Ridge, on the east side of the Hudson River). The hike involves a total elevation gain of over 1,000 feet, including an elevation...

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March 02, 2020
Wonderful hike on a sunny March day
The detailed description of this trip with key turns and landmarks in this trip report was very helpful. My wife and I finished this 7.1 mile hike in less than 5 hours including breaks. While the hike was strenuous with steep ascents and descents on rocky terrain in many places, it also provided much needed relief on soft terrain covered with autumn leaves as the trails passed through Mt Laurel bushes.
December 08, 2019
Great early Dec hike !
Probably the best (winter) hike ever ! The park had a nice 3-4" snow cover and the temps were in the low 30's with no wind and mostly sunny. The initial climb is strenuous but it levels out and the remainder of the hike is relatively easy. The snow cover was never an issue as there was no icy spots to navigate due to the low temps since the snowfall. Only saw a total of 5 hikers all day. There are a few nice views while passing the lakes and ponds but no real overlooks. Still, this is a great 7 mile trek. I had a difficult time figuring out the red arrow trail head...I didn't see a cairn and the markings on the tree are easy to miss. In addition there is a solid white blaze on a tree at the start of the red arrow trail that I assume does not belong there.
May 25, 2015
Misplaced marker along power lines
<p>We did this trail yesterday. &nbsp;Just as the trail bears left, we also noted a red dash on white marker on a tree going straight on the right so kept going until we realized we missed the turn. &nbsp;Ignore this marker</p>
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