Sunday, March 24, 2013

Butter Hill/Stillman/Bluebird Trail Loop, Storm King

March 24, 2013
Distance: 3.5 miles
Time: 2 hours 54 minutes
Map: West Hudson Trails Map
Parking: Pull out off of 9W. Room for around 20 cars.
Restrooms: none
Post hike dinner: n/a
Directions: Butter Hill/Stillman/Bluebird Trail Loop from Route 9W

Notes: This hike climbs up Butter Hill, which has 360 degree views of the area. It also climbs up Storm King Mountain. There are several spots on this hike with lovely views of the Hudson. The initial climb on this hike is strenuous, with some rock scrambling. The remaining hiking is moderate. For those with vertigo, the Stillman Trail, where it follows the steep side of Storm King Mountain, might be hard. I had to pull out my microspikes to be comfortable hiking on it, and there were still some tricky sections.

Parking area off of Route 9W, north of the Bear Mountain Bridge
View from the parking area
A peak at the Hudson River
On the orange trail, ruins of a former house

Bannerman's Castle on the island

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