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Storm King Mountain

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 455' 139 m
Descent: -460' -140 m
High: 1,350' 411 m
Low: 971' 296 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by John Maurizi

Hike to the top of Storm King Mountain and enjoy the great views of Hudson Highland State Park.

John Maurizi

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Overview

This loop has some great views of the Hudson River and Hudson Highland State Park. It does have an initial steep hike to the top of Butter Hill, but the rewarding views at the top are well worth the effort.

Need to Know

Parking at trailhead gets very crowded. This is a very popular hike on weekends and during fall.

Description

This loop starts from the Butter Hill - Storm King parking lot on Route 9W. Follow the orange-blazed Butter Hill Trail until it merges onto the Highlands Trail (blue markers)/Stillman Trail (yellow markers). Follow this trail for one mile until you reach the top of Storm King Mountain where you can catch your breath and enjoy the great views of Hudson Highlands State Park across the river.

To complete the loop, turn right on the white-blazed By-Pass Trail for 0.4 miles. This trail ends on the Howell Trail, which you follow for a very short distance until you reach the Connector Trail which also has white markers. Follow this for another 0.5 miles to return to the parking lot.

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Joe Wehle
Mar 14, 2020
Emily Stull
Nov 17, 2019
JulieAnn Dean-Power
Aug 25, 2019
Michael Almog
Aug 13, 2019
Matthew Wagner
Aug 10, 2019
Mat George
2.8mi — 2h 00m
Aug 9, 2019
Dave D
Jul 17, 2019
JulieAnn Dean-Power

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  4.7 from 20 votes

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Photos

The view near the top of Storm King Mountain.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cornwal…, NY
Storm King hike Part One1
Feb 3, 2018 near Cornwal…, NY
Highlands Trail on Butter Hill.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cornwal…, NY
The trail up Butter Hill is marked by paint stripes on its rocky tread.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cornwal…, NY
Bypass Trail.
Apr 24, 2017 near Cornwal…, NY
View of parking lot from Butter Hill
Feb 3, 2018 near Cornwal…, NY

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