Butter Hill/Stillman/Bluebird Trail Loop from Route 9W

Storm King State Park

Butter Hill/Stillman/Bluebird Trail Loop from Route 9W - Storm King State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin Butter Hill/Stillman/Bluebird Trail Loop from Route 9W - Storm King State Park - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop climbs to the summits of Butter Hill and Storm King Mountain, with many spectacular viewpoints over the Hudson River and the Highlands.

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From the parking area, walk north along the grassy shoulder of the road. Soon, you will see a triple-orange blaze, which marks the start of the Butter Hill Trail. Follow the orange blazes as they bear right, away from the road, and begin to ascend steeply. Soon, views over the Hudson River begin to appear to the right. The mountain across the river is Bull Hill (Mt. Taurus), and the point of...

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July 29, 2018
5
Terrific views
absolutely breathtaking views. I did similar hike over at Hudson Highlands and feel like this one offers better experience.
mike.burkov
November 26, 2017
0
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.

Daniel Chazin
November 25, 2017
4
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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.
Bustario
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