Bull Hill (Mount Taurus) Full Loop Hike

This challenging and very popular route is absolutely packed with views and ruins.

Hike Length: 5.9 miles (9.50 km)

Total Ascent: 1,400ft (427m)

Intensity: Difficult Hike

Route Type: Loop

Includes: Blazed Trail, Herd Path, Rock Scrambles

Parent Bull Hill (Mount Taurus)

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Bull Hill / Mount Taurus

Bull Hill (Mount Taurus) seen from Storm King Mountain

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 The full glorious loop: so much to see.

The Bull Hill (a.k.a. Mount Taurus) Full Loop is a challenging route that’s absolutely packed with views and ruins.

Bull Hill is the mountain directly north of the village of Cold Spring on the Hudson River in New York. This is one of my favorite hikes in the Hudson Highlands. It’s close to New York City and has excellent parking and public transport options.

Get here early because the trailhead parking fills up quickly. Park along 9D if the main lot is full.

Note: In May 2023, NYS Parks introduced significant blazing changes to simplify the trail system around Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. This route description is up-to-date and reflects these changes.

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Bull Hill Full Loop Hike

The Bull Hill (Mount Taurus) hiking trail includes…

  • An enormous abandoned quarry
  • Multiple excellent scenic overlooks
  • One outrageously gorgeous scenic view
  • Some light rock scrambling
  • Multiple historic ruins (Cornish Barns and Cornish Estate)

A full breakdown is provided in the hike notes below, with XX  photos.

Bull Hill Full Loop Hike Time

Allow 3-4 hours for this hike.

Bull Hill Full Loop Elevation Gain

You will tackle 1400 feet of elevation gain on this route.

Bull Hill Full Loop Trail Notes & Gallery

Begin at the Little Stony Point parking area just north of Cold Spring, then take the Washburn Trail which follows an old road to an abandoned rock quarry. The quarry itself is striking, but the views from above the quarry mark the start of the amazing scenery on this hike…

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View from above the quarry

Across the Hudson River, you can see Storm King Mountain.

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View of Storm King Mountain from Bull Hill Quarry

One of many first rate overlooks on this route, this one not far from the start of the trail south over the town Cold Spring below…

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Cold Spring below

Big Rock Clearing

Guided by GaiaGPS, I stepped off the main trail for a short detour to a scenic spot called Big Rock Clearing

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Detour to Big Rock Clearing

The Big View

Just above 1200’, this amazing view opens up…

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Large, popular lot. Overflow is roadside parking along Route 9D.

Google Maps Location: 41.426085, -73.964659

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Decent coverage throughout this hike, with only a few patchy spots. My network is Verizon. YMMV.