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I am thinking of taking a trip up to Cold Spring over the weekend for a day trip without the bike (sometimes you got no choice to keep the peace). I've noticed that there are some walking trails along the river going south towards Garrison. Anyone know how far those trails go? Is there anywhere else nearby to go for a hike? I will be taking the train up and will be without a car. Ideally, I am looking for walk/hike that is about 3 to 5 miles and will take 1 to 2 hours. Going to Cold Spring is not a requirement; any place accessible by train by Metro North, LIRR or NJ Transit that has a town or village like Cold Spring that is suitable for a post-hike lunch and walking around will do.

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Bill Vojtech (not verified)

The stop right after Cold Spring is Breakneck Ridge, which I think lets you off right on a hiking trail. If you look on the map it's close to Cold Spring. I've seen lots of hikers get off there.

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Dave Hallerman (not verified)
Breakneck, If Only...

Bill is right that there's a stop at Breakneck Ridge, but I believe you need to ask the conductor (and maybe not all trains would stop there anyway).

Further, that trail is for experienced hikers, best so. The Mt. Taurus trail mentioned in the other post, also known as the Washburn trail, has its trailhead about 1 mile from the Cold Spring station. That trail is more amenable to less experienced hikers.

The trailhead is across the road (Route 9D) from Stony Point.

You can do a loop up Mt. Taurus (white blaze) around to the blue blaze (forgot trail name) to red blaze (again, forget) to a different blue blaze...which takes you back to the same spot...ready for a walk back to Cold Spring and....and...FOOD.

Also, that loop is about 4 hours.

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mike p (not verified)
breakneck stop/weekends / 2 trains am/ 2 trains pm

only weekend trains stop at breakneck.
you must be in the very last car and exit out the rear door. let the conductor know you want to stop at breakneck/ the AM train on weekends/holidays arrive as 914 and 1014 am breakneck stop. the weekend trains heading back to gct stop at 4:35, 6:35pm. the breakneck stop is a hail stop so you need to flag down the train, if it is dark make sure to signal with headlamp.
the hikes by garrison are good too, anthony noise is a good hike, starts at east of bear mountain bridge.
i also saw this site

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Taurus and Osborne Loop (not verified)

Cold Spring is near Mt. Taurus which has trails. You should be able to walk from the station but it will take more than 1 or 2 hours to ascend and return.

Garrison is near the Osborne Loop. A lovely trail but you'll need more than 1 or 2 hours to do it justice.

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Dennis Wiener (not verified)

"Try the NYNJ Trail Conference website ( WWW.NYNJTC.ORG )and go to hike of the week, east hudson trails. You might also want to pick up s set of maps. There are trail heads near Garrison and Cold Spring. IF you want to hike the west side of the Hudson in Harriman park you can take a bus from the PA to Suffern or Tuxedo. Also check the website for the NY NJ Appalachian Mountain Club for local hike listings. http://www.amc-ny.org/. In any case I would recomment picking up sets of local trail maps. You can order direct from the trail conference or buy them at EMS or Campmor."

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Ron Gentile (not verified)
Hiking without a car

This website has a comprehensive listing of hiking spots accessible via public transit:


You can pick up trail maps at any hiking/camping store.

I wouldn't want to do the Breakneck Ridge trail this time of year. It's a very steep rocky climb that could be unpleasant in very windy/icy conditions.

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Sonny (not verified)
Thank You!

Thanks everyone for all of the information. Doing some searching on the web, I found a hike that can be done on the Washburn trail in about 3 hours (there is also a hike with a bit more that can be done in 4 hours). Someone mentioned that the trail is about 1 mile from the train station so with the walk to and from the trail and the shorter route, the whole thing can be done in about 4 hours, which is a little longer than I expected but certainly doable.

My only question is, when I come up Main Street to 9D, do I go north or south to reach Stony Point and the beginning of the trail? I guess that 9D to the train station is about .5 a mile on Main Street so the entrance should be about .5 mile from when I get to the top from the train station.

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Hank Schiffman (not verified)

Stony Point is south of Bear Mtn on 9w on the other (western) side of the Hudson.

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mike p (not verified)
little stony point

little stony point is north of cold spring. you really should get a trail map of the area, and bring a headlamp for each person, it gets dark early and stuff happens to delay your hike. you can get the maps mail order from new york/new jersey trail conference, ems may have some too.
it is in the East Hudson Trails trail map 2

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April (not verified)
Hudson Valley Outfitters

When you get off the train, walk up Main Street, you'll see on your right Hudson Valley Outfitters.


You can get trail maps there. And other hiking needs.

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mike p (not verified)
cliffed out hikers rescued today


from the Journal News 1/10/07

2 lost hikers rescued on Bear Mountain
By Khurram Saeed

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