To this end, my friends and I recently took a daytrip to go hiking. Although none of us have a car at school, there is a Metro North Railroad station just outside campus that enables practically door-to-door transportation to Breakneck Ridge, a mountain with a number of trails along the Hudson River in Cold Spring, NY.The train stop is about 300 feet from the entrance to the trail, which begins with a steep uphill climb. This ended up being the most challenging and tiring section of our hike, with some nearly-vertical sections that required minor bouldering. The effort was worth it though...
|Hiking at Breakneck is very popular with New Yorkers in the fall, so our train was standing-room only.|
|Looking south back towards NYC - over 50 miles away.|
|The view west across the Hudson. Hardly a cloud in the sky.|
|A group of birds of prey circled nearby throughout the day.|
|The U.S. Military Academy at West Point is just visible across the river from the southern end of the park.|
After visiting the town of Cold Spring (where we each grabbed a well-deserved ice cream), we hopped back on the train and headed home.
|There may not be any mountains, but Edwards Parade is still a great place to spend time outdoors.|