Storm King Mountain

Storm King Mountain from Cornwall-on-Hudson has better parking and quieter trails — and you still get the same incredible views.

Hike Length: 5.0 miles (8.05 km)

Total Ascent: 1,600ft (488m)

Intensity: Easy Hike

Route Type: Loop

Includes: Blazed Trail, Rock Scrambles

Parent Storm King Mountain

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view of Hudson River looking north at dusk

View north from Storm King Mountain

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 An unusual, quieter way to loop Storm King Mountain.

Storm King Mountain is one of the most popular destinations in the Hudson Highlands. The scenic views it offers up and down the Hudson River are unbeatable.

This is short and relatively easy hike, though it has a few steep-ish sections, and one minor rock scramble.

Allow 3 hours for this loop, which includes a quick side-trip to a beautiful scenic view at the top of Butter Hill.

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Storm King Hiking Trail

Etsy & Hellie Stowell Trailhead

The trailhead for this hike is in Cornwall-on-Hudson, just off of Bayview Avenue.

Pass through the gate and then drive past the houses on the right. About 500 feet from the road you’ll arrive at the parking loop.

Etsy & Hellie are longtime supporters of Scenic Hudson, the organization that began the modern environmental movement by stopping an industrial project that would have turned Storm King into a ConEd hydroelectric plant.

storm king mountain ridge
Storm King Mountain seen from Cornwall-on-Hudson

Storm King Mountain Hiking Trail

Begin at the information kiosk. The trail winds around a pasture field — I saw two Orioles here — then enters a hardwood forest following aqua blazes uphill on an old woods road that parallels a small brook.

After crossing the brook, a switchback leads to the first view from a rocky outcrop. The scene looks north toward Snake Hill and the Hudson upriver.

From there, connect with the yellow-blazed Stillman Trail.

There are lots of hairpin turns and switchbacks on this trail to ease your climb, and modest views north through the trees keep your eye entertained. It’s really lovely the whole way.

Storm King Mountain: Scenic Views

Below the summit of Storm King, I found four great scenic spots.

The first is a patch of open rock on the left side of the trail, with views south down the Hudson, and east to Breakneck Ridge and Bull Hill.

storm king mountain view of breakneck ridge
Breakneck Ridge seen from Storm King Mountain

A little higher up, is the main view south which is quite incredible…

storm king mountain view south down Hudson river
Incredible view south down the Hudson River

After this view, the trail continues just 300-400 feet before it comes to a junction. Turn right and head uphill, continuing to follow the yellow blazes of Stillman Trail.

You’ll pass by this knob with a giant boulder on the right. I climbed up on the boulder and the view toward Bull Hill (Mount Taurus) and Cold Spring was pretty good…

The fourth view is also a spectacular panorama, looking upriver toward Snake Hill, the Marlboros and the Catskills (on the left) and the eastern Hudson Highlands (on the right) and Mount Beacon

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4 responses to “Storm King Mountain

  1. Just came back from a SKM hike today – loved your comments – loved the hike and the views – stunning!
    First time there – definitely not going to be the last.
    Pura Vida.

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Trailhead Info for this Hike

Large-ish lot, generally less busy than the lots on 9W.

Google Maps Location: 41.439768, -74.006668

The map below shows the exact topographic location of the trailhead

Cell Service

Close to cities so coverage is mostly pretty good throughout this loop. My network is Verizon. YMMV.