I miss upstate New York every October when the autumn colors peak. City park foliage is pretty but just can’t compete. Fortunately, the Hudson Highlands are a quick train ride from Grand Central and offer plenty of views and solitude. Aptly named Breakneck Ridge is one of the most challenging trails in the area since it involves “rock scrambling” – a new phrase I became intimately familiar with on this hike. You are rewarded of magnificent views of the Hudson River and Storm King, but the steep descent is more challenging that the climb. Bring a solid pair of hiking boots a map, and understand how to read trail signs. Be sure not to miss the eerie ruins along the Cornish Estate trail.