Description: Hudson Highlands State Park has some great trails so we decided to explore some of the northern trails.
The Red Brook (BK) trail starts with a climb up some step-like rocks along a nice little waterfall. As you ascend, you will start to see some ruins of the quarry town that once thrived. Parts of the ground are paved with irrigation tunnels and you will run into interesting ruins of stone houses. Walking along the Brook trail, there are many streams and mini damns that make it a very calming and beautiful hike.
We decided to take the Brook trail to where to meets up with the Blue Nock (NO) trail in order to check out one the scenic overlooks. You will eventually run into the historic Cornish Barn ruins. After the ruins the trail became a bit more taxing as there is more uphill walking. The view at top was very nice, however some of the other overlooks are better.
After taking in the view, we back tracked on the Nock trail until we met up with the Yellow Undercliff (UC) trail. There is decent amount of hiking uphill here. There are a few really nice scenic overlooks here that give you a great view of the Hudson and the surrounding mountains. We took this trail all the way down to Cold Spring where we took a nice pub crawl break.
The first part of the hike took roughly 4 hours. After our break, we walked along 9D until we reached the Blue Cornish (CO) Trail. The Cornish trail is a relatively easy going trail that runs alongside 9D. Most of this trail is paved until you get closer to the Brook Trail. Once the trail met up with the Brook Trail we followed that until we arrived back where the hike started. This part of the hike took around an hour.
Trail Maps: Hudson Highlands provides trail maps for it’s northern and southern areas. You can download the northern map here, which applies to this hike. There were no maps at the beginning of the hike, so it will be best to print your own copy become leaving.
Getting There: You can get to the park relatively easily. Click here for Google Maps directions. If you have a GPS you can put in the Breakneck Ridge Metro North Station or there’s a restaurant called Chalet on the Hudson, located at 3250 Route 9D Cold Spring, NY 10516.
Parking: While driving north on 9D there are some spots along the side of the road large enough to park in. If you want to start as the same trail head as we did, it will come up on the right side of the road about a half mile before the tunnel. Past the tunnel there is a lot for Breakneak Ridge, which gets filled quickly. You can also go to the larger lot that is just a bit further north past the Breakneak Ridge lot.