November 26, 2017
Hike description has been updated
You are correct that the description was somewhat misleading. I have amended the description to provide explicitly that you need to turn onto the orange-blazed trail and follow that trail back to the parking area.
November 25, 2017
Nice hike, great views. However, the instructions for getting back to the parking lot threw us off. The directions say, "Bear right and continue ahead on the yellow-blazed Stillman Trail, now retracing your steps for half a mile back to the parking area." However, the yellow-blazed Stillman Trail does NOT go back to the parking area. Rather, the directions should say, "Bear right and continue ahead on the yellow-blazed Stillman Trail, then take the orange trail, retracing your steps back to the parking area." Also, it felt more like a mile back to the parking lot, not half a mile.
August 20, 2017
Great directions and notes for a fantastic trail
Great notes and directions about the trail. I liked that so much was written up here about what we were seeing at each point. The directions were very clear. The hike was steep and tough, and short at 4 miles. There were many lookout points to take in the views. It was a busy trail with lots of people on a nice August day. The parking lot was nearly full when we arrived. Many arrived just after we did at about 11 am. The path is well maintained as well as the blazes. However there is broken glass at a number of points. If you can bring something to pick up the glass and can be leisurely with the hike, please do. We didn't have anything to pick up glass - but we picked up all the plastic we saw. Help keep our green spaces green!
August 13, 2017
Read the last 2 paragraphs.
This hike had some pretty strenuous moments which is exactly what I wanted to accomplish for my 60th birthday. The views were outstanding. Probably some of the best I've seen. I took a 360 degree video standing on top of the rock. But make sure you have a map because after you go to the top and then make your way down as you continue on the yellow trail, these loop directions have you going all the way back to the top before making your way back to the 9W parking lot. There are other ways to go but there were no maps provided at the trail entrance. As usual, it always takes me a lot longer than the estimate but shame on me for not having a map and for not reading these directions to the end before starting this hike.
March 19, 2014
Sheets of ice...
What an excellent place for a hike! I thought that after a few warm days most of the ice would have been melted, well I was wrong. The ice is still very thick and extremely slick. I would not recommend anyone do this hike, or at least not the second half of the hike until some time in April. Beautiful views and lots of solitutde. Trails are blazed very well and the directions are accurate as usual.
August 15, 2013
One of the best hikes around
I loved the combination of different views, from 360 degrees, to north-facing, to east-facing, and the frequency of coming upon them. The trail description is very detailed and accurate which adds to the pleasure. And to whoever also hiked today (8/15/2013) and left a personal item at the top of Butter Hill, it's now on the state park sign in the parking lot ;-)
March 24, 2013
Sharing photos of this hike
My dog and I hiked this loop today. The views from Butter Hill were great. http://www.agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2013/03/butter-hillstillmanbluebird-trail-loop.html
October 15, 2012
I just want to reiterate the earlier comment: this is a superb trail and the trail description is dead-on accurate. This past Saturday, my wife, two daughters (12 & 14) and I packed a picnic lunch and headed up the trail at about Noon. The many and varied views are spectacular. You can't help but become overwhelmed with feeling that we live in one of the most beautiful areas in the U.S. We never would have found this trail or had the courage to make a day of it without the Trails Conference. We're looking forward to returning in late Spring!
July 18, 2011
Comment on this trail
Daniel, We hiked this loop yesterday, and it was amazing. Your map is dead-on accurate and invaluable in those woods. We saw one landmark that isn't mentioned anywhere and I was wondering if anyone knew anything more about it - Where Stillman meets Bluebird, there's a stone & mortar well or something in the woods. Its round, about 8 feet across, three to four feet high, covered with a dome of stone & mortar. It has an opening on the western side, and inside it's watery/swampy with some kind of metal rods. Thanks for any info you have, and thanks again for producing such a great map! We can't wait to go back and hike it again in the fall.