Hot Spot - Breakneck Ridge and Hudson Highlands State Park, NY

Breakneck Ridge in Hudson Highlands State Park is experiencing severe impacts from outdoor activities and is one of the many Hot Spots in 2018. With site-specific training, consulting, educational programs, service projects and more, these threatened areas can be put on a road to a healthy recovery.

The Breakneck Ridge Trail in Hudson Highlands State Park is in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Though less than a half-mile long, this trail is considered to be the most strenuous hike in the East Hudson Highlands. The hike features stunning views of the Hudson River, Storm King Mountain, and the surrounding Hudson Highlands. The trail has become increasingly popular over the last five years and in turn, has seen a substantial increase in visitation. On weekend days with good weather, this short trail can see between 1000 to 1500 visitors making the trek to the top. This rise in popularity has brought along severe impacts in the form of trail erosion, litter and vandalism/graffiti. 

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is teaming up with the New York State Parks Department and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to execute a site-specific blend of training for agency staff, targeted education programs for local youth and adults, resource monitoring programs, service work and expert consultation. The primary objective these efforts are improvement of on the ground resource conditions, increased awareness of impacts on the trail, elevated Leave No Trace programs within agency management plans and increased practice of Leave No Trace skills and ethics by the visiting public. The Center's goal is to bring long-term solutions to the Breakneck Ridge Trail that will help it on its road to recovery. 

Wednesday, October 31
 
Halloween with Bigfoot
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
Where: Bank Square Coffee Roasters
Additional Details: Come join the Leave No Trace team to learn more about how Leave No Trace practices can help protect all of our favorite outdoor places. Special appearance by Bigfoot, the Leave No Trace mascot. 
 
Thursday, November 1
 
Christin Healey and Leave No Trace at REI
Time: 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm 
Where: REI Soho, 303 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012
Additional Details: Special guest speaker, Christin Healey, whose wilderness photographs honor many of the world’s most dramatic and wild resources, will discuss the connection between photography and the importance of a Leave No Trace ethic when venturing outdoors. Healey will be joined by the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers who will open the discussion to all participants, how they can help protect the natural environment at Breakneck Ridge and beyond.
 
Volunteer Recognition Party
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm 
Where: The Grayson
Additional Details: The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and Coors Light are hosting a celebration of the outdoors at The Grayson on Thursday, November 1st. The advocacy event celebrates and supports the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference volunteers and their recent environmental work in conjunction with Leave No Trace. The event will feature special guest speaker, Christin Healey, whose wilderness photographs honor many of the world’s most dramatic and wild resources. Healey, named in 2017 as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Adventure Photographers in the world, will discuss the connection between photography and the importance of a Leave No Trace ethic when venturing outdoors and will cheers all of the volunteers’ hard work. 
 
Sunday, November 4
 
Trail Love @ Breakneck Ridge 
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Where: Breakneck Ridge
Additional Details: Come join the Leave No Trace team for a day of service to help mitigate some of the impacts at Breakneck Ridge.  The Leave No Trace team will also be educating volunteers about how practicing Leave No Trace can help prevent impacts at Breakneck Ridge.