Sunday, June 13, 2021

Storm King Mountain Loop

Storm King State Park,
Orange Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Butter Hill Trail: Orange blaze
Stillman Trail: Yellow blaze
Storm King Bypass Trail: White blaze

Total Time: 2:10 hours
Estimated Distance: 2.4 miles

Pros: Great views and very scenic hike
Cons: None
Hike Type: Loop
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Hiking Partners:
Joseph Friedman
Elisha Friedman

Google Maps of Parking:

I had last been to Storm King Mountain in the winter, during a snowstorm. Storm King is one of my favorite places in the area, and I wanted to cover the terrain where I had last been during the snowstorm when there was poor visibility and I couldn't get the proper views. 

We parked at the Butter Hill parking on Route 9W. This parking area was recently fixed and renovated. We took the Butter Hill Trail Trail up to the view overlooking Route 9W and the Crow's Nest. We continued to the Stillman Trail, and took some pictures at the Butter Hill View, which offers a 360 degree panorama view of the area. We then walked across the ridge to edge of Storm King at the North facing view over Newburgh Bay. We then turned around and took the Storm King Bypass Trail as it descended into the valley, passing the Howell Trail and then at the end to the short climb back up to our car. 

Map of the Route

Signs and Plaques at the Trailhead

Me at the Signs and Plaques at the Trailhead

First View, Overlooking the Hudson River and Bull Hill

Ascending to the Rocky Summit of Butter Hill

Me Ascending Butter Hill

Ruins on the Butter Hill Trail

Route 9W and the Parking Area from Below

Me at the Butter Hill View

View from Butter Hill, Facing West

View from Butter Hill, Facing Southwest

View from Butter Hill, Facing Southeast

View from Butter Hill Facing South

Lots of Confusing Markers at the Trail Intersection

Next View at Butter Hill

Me at the Butter Hill Overlook

View from the Butter Hill Summit, Facing Northwest

View from the Butter Hill Summit, Facing West Towards Schunnemunk

View from Butter Hill, Facing East

Me at the Butter Hill Summit

Nice Flower at the Butter Hill Summit

Black Rat Snake on the Storm King Mountain Ridge

View from Storm King Facing Northeast

View of Newburgh Bay and Beacon

A Soaring Vulture at Storm King Mountain

Newburgh Bay in the Hudson River

Newburgh-Beacon Bridge Crossing the Hudson

View of Sugarloaf and Beacon Mountain from Storm King

View of Breakneck Ridge from Storm King

Me at the Storm King Summit View

View of the Hudson River, Facing South

View of Cold Spring, NY Across the Hudson River

View of the Crow's Nest and Constitution Marsh

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