Crows Nest Mountain/Howell Trail from Route 9W

Storm King State Park

Storm King Mountain and the Hudson River from Crows Nest Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin Storm King Mountain and the Hudson River from Crows Nest Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin Storm King Mountain and the Hudson River from Crows Nest Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin Storm King Mountain and the Hudson River from Crows Nest Mountain - Photo by Daniel Chazin View of Storm King Mountain - Storm King State Park - Photo credit: Trail Conference View of Storm King Mountain - Storm King State Park - Photo credit: Trail Conference

This loop hike climbs to the North Peak of Crows Nest Mountain, with many spectacular viewpoints over the Hudson River and the Highlands.

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At the north side of the parking area, you will notice a triple blaze that marks the start of the Bobcat Trail. Follow this white-blazed trail, which descends steadily through an oak forest with an understory of blueberries. At the base of the descent, it crosses a stream on stepping stones, bears left, and soon begins to follow a faint woods road. About half a mile from the start, the Bobcat...

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December 09, 2016
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Crow's Nest Hike
This is my favorite of all the wonderful hikes in this area, just seven miles south of my home. One thing i think is not stressed enough: After reaching the top of that steep, steep climb from Rt. 218 and then heading north over what i would call a meadow, it can be very confusing if you're not familiar with the hike. It's sparsely blazed and -- what the heck? Now it seems to be going downhill, into a valley, when you know Rt. 9W is "up there" to your left! You might be (I was, during my first hike of Crow's Nest) afraid that you have somehow gotten lost. But trust these directions and stay with it, and you'll find yourself at that fun boulder (now with lots of graffiti on it) that means the rest of the hike is just a stroll. Enjoy!
GenieA1
August 25, 2016
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Another way up
I agree, hiking up then coasting down works much better for me too.  One caveat though, this stretch of route 218 is currently (summer 2016) closed, so you need to park on 218 in Cornwall on Hudson and walk along 218 to get to the Stillman memorial.  A distance of about one and a half miles, but with gorgeous views of Breakneck Ridge and Taurus/Bull across the river.
z2010
June 30, 2016
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Route 218 at that point is
Route 218 at that point is 33.6 meters, the trailhead is 334.5 meters.  So 300 meters or 987 feet - sure felt like it!
z2010
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