Sunday, June 21, 2015

Butter Hill at Storm King

Storm King State Park,
Orange County,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Butter Hill Trail: Orange blaze
Stillman Trail: Yellow blaze
White Trail Spur: White blaze

Total Time: 1:45 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.3 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points of Interest: Great views with good scramble
Cons: Walk on road at the end

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

The day before had been raining very hard, and the forecast was for more rain on Sunday. I had checked the radar in the morning and it appeared that the rain was clearing out. Although the hike started off cloudy and misty, it cleared up to be a beautiful day.

We parked at the parking lot on Route 9W Northbound where it bends by Butter Hill. We parked in the parking area, climbed the Butter Hill Trail on its steep ascent to the view, and then took the Stillman Trail to the top of Butter Hill for an excellent panoramic view. We then turned around on the Stillman Trail alongside the western ridge of Storm King Mountain. A the short White Trail Spur we veered off towards the end of this trail for the view and then turned around back to the Stillman trail.

Towards the end near where the trail hits Route 9W, there are some apparently abandoned interesting items slightly off the trail including a tree tire, balance beam, swinging wire, and climbing wall. I don't know what these are for and what they are doing here. We continued to where the trail hits the road by the underpass, and then walked along the side of the road back to our car.

Map of the Route. West Hudson Trails, Eastern Portion

Trail Marker Plaque at the Beginning of the Hike

View Ascending Butter Hill.
Facing East Towards Bull Hill at Breakneck.

Me Ascending the Scramble

In a Ruin Along the Trail
Ascending the Mountain

View from Butter Hill Facing West Towards Schunnemunk

View Facing South, with Cold Spring in the Distance.

Route 9W and the Crow's Nest from On Top

At a Viewpoint

View Facing North

View Facing into Black Rock Forest

Beautiful Pink Rose on the Hike

Bright Green Beetle Species I encountered at the View

View of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Facing North

Tire Attached to a Tree at the Course Section at the Hike

Swinging on a Rope tied to Tree

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