Escape from Black Friday 2009 - this year, our escape route is up Breakneck Ridge. This is taken from the parking lot. The trail runs straight up the ridge in the background - it's a good scramble in spots!
Looking north towards Bannerman's Island, just a little way up the trail.
Storm King. I love the Hudson Highlands, and the names are wonderful.
Looking south towards Cold Spring. We've only come a little ways but we've already climbed a good bit!
A standard section of the first mile and a half. This is not a long hike, but there are definitely fun bits!
Storm King again. See the flagpole now? It is down there, we've just come quite a bit higher (and the clouds are coming lower, too).
Looking south again, still not to the highest point.
Storm King, cloud-crowned. We were happy that the predicted storm never really hit!
Onward & upward!
Nearing the peak
he's the king of the world!
This must be it! How often is the high point of your day so clear?
The view from the top, looking north.
Looking down at Bannerman's Island
There were several small cairns near the peak. How much nicer a way to leave a mark than spray paint.
I know an Irish kid's song about a bog down in the valley oh! (it's a chain song, sort of like the House that Jack Built set to jig-time), oh, but here's a rare bog, a rattlin' bog up right up on the top of the mountain!
Heading back down. The trail system in this area is large & well interlaced, looks like you can hike all day, or for just a few hours. We took one of the shorter loops & although I wouldn't have minded a little more, it made for a nice afternoon & a return well before dark. I wish I'd thought of going to check out the Walkway over the Hudson with the rest of the afternoon! Well, some other time, I guess.
I thought these were prayer flags, but TQ said this was actually where he bought the Mighty Taurus (current veee-hickle).
Descending a gentler slope. We've definitely come a bit north, there's Bannerman's again & we're not looking nearly so north at it now.
Nice thing about doing this hike this time of year is the river views are just always there. Storm King again.
Back at the trailhead; Storm King, the Metro North Hudson Line, and the NYS aqueduct building that's one of the landmarks for the trailhead. End of the trail for our 2009 Escape from Black Friday. Another good one.