Storm King

Newburgh, New York 12555

Storm King

Storm King Professional Review and Guide

"Storm King rises regally from the western bank of the Hudson River, south of Newburgh. The Stillman Trail, which climbs over Butter Hill to Storm King’s summit, has suffered from its proximity to the city. The first 0.25 mile is a disturbing testament to human disrespect and interference: garbage litters the parking area and trailhead, graffiti covers the ledges, traffic and construction noise drone incessantly. Nevertheless, civilization at its worst is soon overtaken by nature at its best. Dark caves dot the wooded slopes, scrambles up boulder-strewn hillsides lead to open ledges with splendid views over the Hudson River, generous blueberry bushes engulf the trail. Far away, the crowded roadways snake toward the city and boats jockey for space on the busy river, but you are above it all, in the clouds, hearing only the wind and smelling only the trees. It’s disheartening to hike with the results of carelessness and disregard for the environment, even though the damage is limited to a relatively short section of trail. But climbing past the results of teenage pranks and parties sends a powerful message to kids—especially older kids, for whom this hike is intended—saying more to them in silence than an adult can say with a year’s worth of warnings. And there’s no doubt that the rewards of this route far outweigh the drawbacks."

Storm King Reviews

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Very nice hike, and perfect for the kids (two 8-year-old boys). I was apprehensive because the guide described how awful the parking area and the start of the trail were, but I didn't find that to be much of a problem at all. And the hike itself was spectacular, with varied terrain and some wonderful views in all directions. Also not as crowded as I anticipated. Get a real and up-to-date map, however. The blazes have changed (now orange at the start of the trail), and we lost our way for a little while. The main loop (orange - yellow/turquoise - white) took us about 3 hours, with the one unplanned side trip and lots of dawdling. Although the loop is only 2.5 miles, there's a fair amount of scrambling over rocks, etc. -- enough to make it feel like a substantial hike.
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I have maps from NYNJCT and mod the hike to 6 miles including the loop. The view on the summit I have to say is the best view I've seen of the Hudson Velley area.. It was almost a full 360 degree view.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike; 2.5 hours
March to November
NY-NJ Trail Conference Map 7
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Sep 2018