Sunday, July 12, 2015

North Point at Storm King Mountain

Storm King State Park,
Orange Co,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Howell Trail: Blue blaze
Stillman Spring Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 2:20 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.2 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Highly recommended
Points of Interest: Good climb, excellent views, blueberries

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

This is a great hike. I had been here years ago prior to the closure of the area due to unexploded ordnance, and had not been here since. This hike offers exceptional views throughout the hike. Storm King is a steep mountain jutting over one thousand feet up straight from the Hudson River, with sharp cliffs and dramatic scenery.

We parked on Route 218 at the trailhead parking, and took the Howell Trail up. There are many views along the cliff faces along the ascent, and lots of blueberries once the trail starts evening out. The trail crests at a location called North Point, which is devoid of trees and has sweeping views from all sides. There are also more blueberries here then I have ever seen in one place. We continued down from the peak at North Point, went around the bend through the Clove, and then took the Stillman Spring. We took the Stillman Spring Trail down the mountain back to our car.

Map of the Route.
West Hudson Trails Eastern Map

View from the First View.
Facing Across the Hudson River to Bull Hill and Cold Spring

Looking Across the River to Bill Hill (Mt. Taurus)

Looking Across the River to Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge to the Right

Breakneck Ridge

Village of Cold Spring Across the Hudson River

Me at the View Overlooking Cold Spring

Me Looking at the Gap on the Hudson Between Breakneck and Storm King


Bannerman Island in the Hudson River

View of Storm King Mountain with Butter Hill to the Left

Another View of Cold Spring

Zoom into Cold Spring Village

Beautiful Flower Along the Trail

Dense Patch of Delicious Blueberries

The Tree-Barren Area at North Point

Looking at Butter Hill from North Point

Me at North Point

Me at North Point

View from North Point Looking Towards Storm King Highway

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