Showing posts from June, 2014

Breakneck Ridge Hikin'

For our one year annivesary, my sweetest of sweethearts and I woke up bright and early in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn took the subway to Grand Central for Metro North for one of 3 trains on Saturdays that stops at the Breckneck Ridge trailhead. It took about 2.5 hours in all to get there. It's really great that one of the most challenging hikes in the area is so easily accessible from the city. This has it's downsides, of course, because everyone and their mom and dog goes on this hike - the experienced and not, but this is only frustrating for the first 45 minutes or so when everyone is waiting in line to rock scramble their way up to almost 1,000 ft - with glorious views of the Hudson River, Storm King Mountain, and Pollepel Island/Bannerman's Castle.

Hike Length: 3.8 miles
Hike Time: About 5 hours **We took our time once we saw ruins**
Peak Elevation: 1,260 ft (384m)

Everyone starts the trail the same way, on the White trail - it is the rock scramble which gives this hike …

Hikin' Overlook Mountain

Memorial Day weekend my family always goes upstate New York, and this year was no exception! Joining the 4 Russian clansmen were my brother's gal and my guy. One day we drove over to Woodstock, NY to hike Overlook Mountain (peak elevation: 3,140'). The hike is 5 miles round trip along a gravel road that is often complained about (check Yelp or ask my mom!), but at the top are old hotel ruins, a fire tower to bring you even closer to the heavens, and 360 views of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains including the Hudson River and Ashokan Reservoir. We took a long break at the top, so the hike was about 3.5 hours Woodstock NY. At the bottom of the trailhead we visited the Tibetan Buddhist temple Karma Triyana Dharmachakra and then had a well deserved lunch in town. I recommend this hike because of all of the gloriousness you find at the top - pack a nice lunch and spend some time enjoying the views and ruins.

 Overlook Mountain House or the "Old Hotel Ruins" is the…