Mt Taurus to Breakneck Ridge day hike

Lower Hudson Valley

Overlooking the Lower Hudson River, Mt Taurus (AKA Bull Hill) offers some great views of the Hudson Valley & surrounding area including the village of Cold Spring.  It offers a good day hike challenge while not being overly difficult or technically challenging.

While enjoying an excellent fall hike on the generously wide trails that the Mt. Taurus hike provides, my Journey took an unexpected turn when I mistakenly took a wrong trail but had a great time none the less!  See the video for more info and me getting lost (again)

Location: North of Cold Spring, NY on Route 9D
GPS Trail Head Coordinates: 41.426543,-73.965379
GPS Waypoints: To Come
Duration: Day hike
Season (video): Fall
Weather Conditions (video): Sunny
Trail (video): Mt. Taurus aka Bull Hill to Breakneck Ridge
Difficulty: Moderate
Views: Hudson River Valley, Village of Cold Spring, West Point Academy
State Park: Hudson Highlands State Park

Access: From the Taconic parkway, take route 301 east towards Cold Spring till you encounter Route 9D in the Village of Cold Spring.  Go North on route 9D for a minute or two till you come across Little Stoney Point (Sign on left when Northbound).  A parking lot is on the right hand side of the street but you can also park on the the left hand side of the street if needed.
Recommended Supplies: Enough water for a full day hike, snacks, Energy Bar, map, CompassFirst Aid Kit
Safety Direction (if lost)West



Hiking Map

  4 comments for “Mt Taurus to Breakneck Ridge day hike

  1. July 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I want to hike with a friend, it needs to be close to the metro north and not as strenuous as Breakneck ridge. Is this hike possible?

    • admin
      July 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Great question. For those looking for something less challenging, many do the breakneck bypass in reverse order (start on Yellow trail near big parking lot (just south of Metro North station). Then take the Red trail up the hill. Turn Right on the white trail. From there you have a choice, either continue down the rock scrambles on the white trail or take the (other) yellow trail you come across out to the road.

      • pieces of me
        July 30, 2013 at 6:51 am

        Thank you.
        on the maps I have seen I see how to Yellow goes up and connects to the Red, but I do not see how you can connect back to Yellow. Is it possible to do the Yellow trail up to the Red and then go backwards? Or can you lead me to a map where I can visually see the Yellow to Red then back to Yellow to come back down? I really appreciate it. Thanks again

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