Bull Hill Quick Loop – Hudson Highlands State Park Protect

June 26, 2022 – Chilly Spring, NY

Problem: Strenuous

Size: Roughly 4.6 miles

Max elevation: 1,112 ft.– whole elevation acquire roughly 1,200 ft.

Route kind: Circuit

Purchase Maps (Paper & Avenza): East Hudson Trails Map #102

Free Net Map: Hudson Highlands North Trail Map 2021

Free Avenza App Map: Hudson Highlands North Trail Map 2019

Trailhead parking: Route 9D – Bear Mountain-Beacon Hwy, Cold Spring, NY

47-space parking zone – Moveable bogs on website

The park is open 12 months spherical from dawn to sundown.


Overview:

Bull Hill, also called Mount Taurus, is a mountain simply north of the Village of Chilly Spring on the Hudson River in Putnam County, NY. It’s a part of the river-straddling mountain vary referred to as the Hudson Highlands. Whereas not as nicely referred to as its neighbor to the north Breakneck Ridge or Storm King Mountain throughout the river, it’s a part of Hudson Highlands State Park Protect and has an in depth path system, providing hikers sweeping views of the river and neighboring peaks from rock outcrops close to its wooded 1,420-foot summit, greater than each Breakneck Ridge and Storm King Mountain.

Bull Hill as viewed from Storm King Mountain - September‎ ‎15‎, ‎2018

Bull Hill as considered from Storm King Mountain – September‎ ‎15‎, ‎2018

Hudson Highlands State Park Protect consists of a sequence of separate parcels of land stretching from Annsville Creek in Peekskill, north to Dennings Level in Beacon. The principally undeveloped protect of over 8,000 acres, has over 70 miles of trails which incorporates terrain that varies from simple to difficult. The Park Protect protects a mosaic of particular habitats from the estuarine shore of the Hudson River, by way of younger deciduous forest, to the rocky ridges and summits towering above the encompassing space, offering a haven for a lot of crops and animals simply 50 miles north of New York Metropolis. The Hudson Highlands and Hudson River present spectacular backdrops for the various outside actions that may be loved right here, comparable to mountain climbing, boating, fishing, and birding.


Historical past:

The unique title “Bull Hill” got here after a bull that used to terrorize the mountain was chased by indignant inhabitants. A looking occasion drove the bull over the hill. In an try to flee the mountaineers, the bull plunged out into area and fell down. Its damaged and shapeless mass on the rocks was memorialized within the title of the mountain the bull used to hang-out. Don’t let the title idiot you. It is a mountain, not a hill.

On the Washburn Path, the place the Bull Hill Loops start, you’ll move by the large rock formations that had been as soon as a quarry owned by the Hudson River Stone Firm from 1931-1967. The quarry produced laborious gneissic rock to be used in development till mining operations ceased in 1944.

Positioned alongside the Cornish Path, which can also be the final leg of the Bull Hill Loops, are the ruins of the Cornish Property. The property was named Northgate by its proprietor, Edward Joel Cornish, who lived there together with his spouse from 1917-1938. What you’ll see in your hike is all that is still of the property after a damaging hearth in 1958.

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property


Trails Overview:

Please Observe: Path distances denoted beneath are in relation to this hike solely and never the whole distance of the paths.

  • Washburn Path: (white blazes – 1.4 miles) ~ The principle route up Bull Hill from the Washburn Trailhead, it climbs to the mountain’s 1,420 ft summit in virtually 2.3 miles. That is the best vertical ascent of any path throughout the park. It is a very strenuous path that ascends over 1,000 ft from the river to the junction with the Undercliff Path.
  • Undercliff Path: (yellow blazes – 1.5 miles) ~ This yellow blazed path travels alongside the shoulder of Bull Hill and descends to the notch between Breakneck Ridge and Bull Hill. It options some steep climbs and open viewpoints from rock outcrops. It takes its title from the various cliffs whose foot it passes.
  • Brook Path: (pink blazes – 0.15 mile) ~ This path runs alongside the notch between Breakneck Ridge and Bull Hill, from Route 9D to its terminus on the Notch Path. The path parallels Breakneck Brook and follows a number of previous roads, making it one of many extra average trails within the space.
  • Cornish Path (blue blazes – 1.45 miles) ~ This blue blazed path follows a disused highway by way of the ruins of an previous property. In depth ruins of the mansion and a number of other outbuildings are scattered all through the world.

The paths used on this hike had been simple to comply with and nicely maintained on the the day that we visited.

In 2021, the Taconic Conservation Corps Crew (TCCC) accomplished the Washburn Path reroute, which concluded 2 years of labor. This undertaking concerned substantial path enhancements alongside a one-third-mile stretch of path main up from the previous quarry to the Chilly Spring overlook. Extra stone steps had been put in resulting in a newly constructed viewing platform above the quarry overlooking the Hudson River Valley. The Washburn Path seems to be a lot totally different than the final time I hiked it in 2016.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill


Hike Overview:

Having achieved the “Bull Hill Full Loop” in 2016, it was time to pay a return go to. I’ve at all times needed to hike the part of the Undercliff Path that runs alongside the shoulder of Bull Hill. The world that features Bull Hill, Little Stony Level and Breakneck Ridge have among the most closely used trails within the Hudson Valley and the parking areas are normally crammed to capability. Getting there early is the important thing to securing a parking spot and avoiding the large crowds through the summer time mountain climbing season.

We obtained up shiny and early on a Sunday morning, arriving on the Washburn Trailhead at about 7:30am. The parking zone is instantly throughout the road from Little Stony Level.

Washburn Trailhead - Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve

Washburn Trailhead – Hudson Highlands State Park Protect

After we arrived again on the parking zone round midday, the lot was full, with a number of vehicles coming and going.

Washburn Trailhead Parking Lot

Washburn Trailhead Parking Lot

The day was scorching and hazy with temps round 90°. Excluding the rock outcrops, virtually all the hike was below a cover of timber, making the warmth tolerable. We noticed some teams of individuals, however not as many as I believed that we’d run into. Beginning early actually pays off.

This counterclockwise loop begins at river stage and shortly good points elevation because it climbs Bull Hill on the Washburn Path. As soon as on the Undercliff Path, the majority of the elevation is finished with just a few minor ups and downs the remainder of the way in which. When you attain the Brook Path, it’s all downhill for the remaining 1.7 miles.

Bull Hill Short Loop

Bull Hill Quick Loop

elevation profile - Bull Hill Short Loop

elevation profile – Bull Hill Quick Loop


The Hike:

From the northern finish of the parking space, proceed north on the white-blazed Washburn Path. In 100 ft, you’ll attain a junction with the blue-blazed Cornish Path, which continues straight forward. The Cornish Path might be your return route, however for now, bear proper and proceed to comply with the Washburn Path uphill alongside an previous highway, as soon as used to entry a quarry.

Washburn Trailhead

Washburn Trailhead

Washburn Trailhead

Washburn Trailhead

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

In about half a mile, you’ll attain the positioning of the quarry, opened in 1931 by the Hudson River Stone Company and deserted in 1967. The quarry website is now overgrown with timber, though the scars within the rock are plainly seen on the left. Right here, the path leaves the highway, veers sharply proper, and follows the rim of the quarry. You’ll discover some rusted pipes and cables alongside the path, remnants of former quarrying operations.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

The Washburn Path now ascends a not too long ago rerouted part of the path that took two years to finish. The path ascends a sequence of stone steps to a newly constructed overlook alongside the rim of the quarry. Straight beneath is the quarry and to the northwest, throughout the river is Storm King Mountain.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Storm King Mountain (heart) throughout the Hudson River with the Bull Hill quarry within the foreground.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

The uncovered rock summit of Butter Hill (left) and Storm King Mountain (proper).

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

A brief distance later because the path makes a pointy proper flip, there’s a extra wide-ranging view over the quarry, with Storm King Mountain throughout the river to the best and Crows Nest Mountain to the left. This makes a great place to take a break.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Bull Hill quarry.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Storm King Mountain throughout the river to the best.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Crows Nest Mountain throughout the Hudson River with Butter Hill on the far proper.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

The Washburn Path turns proper and a brief distance later, reaches the Chilly Spring Overlook.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Chilly Spring is seen instantly beneath with Structure Island to its south and West Level throughout the river to the southwest. The southern part of the East Hudson Highlands, together with the hills of Fahnestock State Park are seen to the left. Chances are you’ll need to cease right here to benefit from the spectacular view.

Cold Spring Overlook - Washburn Trail

Chilly Spring Overlook – Washburn Path

Cold Spring Overlook - Washburn Trail

Chilly Spring Overlook – Washburn Path

Cold Spring Overlook - Washburn Trail

Chilly Spring Overlook – Washburn Path

Previous the perspective, the path continues to ascend extra progressively, however quickly steepens. After climbing one other 400 vertical ft, it comes out on open rocks, with views over the Hudson River to the west and south. Crows Nest Mountain is instantly throughout the river, and the USA Army Academy at West Level is outstanding within the distance to the south. After a brief stage part, the path resumes a somewhat steep climb.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Crows Nest Mountain.

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trail - Bull Hill

Washburn Path – Bull Hill

About 1.4 miles from the beginning, the Washburn Path reaches a junction with the yellow-blazed Undercliff Path. Flip left and comply with the Undercliff Path which begins an undulating traverse of the western shoulder of Bull Hill, passing a number of extra viewpoints over the Hudson River. Upon reaching the far finish of the shoulder, the path emerges on a rock outcrop with a sweeping view to the north. Breakneck Ridge is the ragged ridge to the north, and Storm King – with its lower for the freeway – is instantly throughout the river.

turn left on the Undercliff Trail

flip left on the Undercliff Path

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

View of the Hudson River because it snakes its means south round Structure Island (heart) and the West Level Army Academy (far heart).

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Trying north up the Hudson River. Breakneck Ridge is the ragged ridge on the best, with the northern tip of Storm King, throughout the river on the left.

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Trying north in direction of Breakneck Ridge.

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Storm King Mountain throughout the river.

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Distinguished peaks and ridges of the East Hudson Highlands.

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Trying north up the Hudson River previous Breakneck Ridge.

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Trying north with Storm King Mountain (left) and Breakneck Ridge (proper).

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

The Undercliff Path now turns sharply proper and begins to go in a northeast route. After crossing a stream, it descends on switchbacks to achieve the stone foundations of a woods highway that was by no means accomplished. The path turns proper and proceeds alongside the highway, which quickly acquires a dirt-and-gravel floor, crossing a stream on a one-log bridge. After bending to the left, the path resumes its regular descent, quickly starting to parallel a stream.

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Undercliff Trail - Bull Hill

Undercliff Path – Bull Hill

Virtually three miles from the beginning of the hike, the Undercliff Path crosses a stream and reaches a large woods highway, the route of the red-blazed Brook Path. The Undercliff Path turns left, briefly becoming a member of the Brook Path then instantly turns proper and crosses a wider stream (Breakneck Brook) on a wood bridge, however you need to bear left and proceed on the red-blazed path alongside the woods highway, paralleling Breakneck Brook.

turn left on Brook/Undercliff Trails

flip left on Brook/Undercliff Trails

turn left on Brook/Undercliff Trails

flip left on Brook/Undercliff Trails

veer left on Brook Trail

veer left on Brook Path

veer left on Brook Trail

veer left on Brook Path

Brook Trail - Bull Hill

Brook Path – Bull Hill

After passing a small deserted constructing to the best, you’ll attain a fork. Bear left right here onto the blue-blazed Cornish Path, which follows an previous highway by way of the previous property of Edward G. Cornish, chairman of the board of the Nationwide Lead Firm.

Brook Trail - Bull Hill

Brook Path – Bull Hill

Brook Trail - Bull Hill

Brook Path – Bull Hill

veer left onto the Cornish Trail

veer left onto the Cornish Path

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

The highway passes a big cement-and-stone cistern on the best, then curves round two switchbacks and continues with a concrete pavement. Simply earlier than reaching the paved part of the highway, there may be an unmarked footpath that leads right down to the stone ruins of the Cornish Property, that are seen beneath on the best.

cistern - Cornish Trail

cistern – Cornish Path

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

stone structure - Cornish Trail

stone construction – Cornish Path

The Greenhouse: It seems that Edward and Selina Cornish, partly, used the greenhouse for winter storage of palm timber and different unique crops that had been positioned in entrance of the home through the hotter climate. A boiler within the basement offered warmth to the constructing and sprinklers.

greenhouse ruins - Cornish Estate

greenhouse ruins – Cornish Property

greenhouse ruins - Cornish Estate

greenhouse ruins – Cornish Property

greenhouse ruins - Cornish Estate

greenhouse ruins – Cornish Property

greenhouse ruins - Cornish Estate

greenhouse ruins – Cornish Property

greenhouse ruins - Cornish Estate

greenhouse ruins – Cornish Property

There are quite a few informational indicators all through the world that specify the utilization and historical past of the buildings on the property.

Northgate - Cornish Estate Ruins

Northgate – Cornish Property Ruins

The Mansion: For the design of the mansion, Sigmund Stern employed the architectural agency of Werner and Windolph. The architects paid particular consideration to the pure setting of the home, maximizing views of Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Ridge and the Hudson River.

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

The Cornish Property ruins website is at present present process preservation efforts after receiving a grant to assist uncover the thriller behind this as soon as prestigious mansion.

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

The Cornish Property and subsistence farms had been first developed in 1910 by Chicago diamond service provider Sigmund Stern, who utilized the 650 acres of land. Stern was on the board of Shock Lake Camp, the nation’s longest-running Jewish sleepaway camp.

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

In 1916, the land was supplied for lease after Stern’s spouse handed away. New York businessman Edward Cornish and spouse Selina took over the property the next 12 months and ran a dairy farm. Within the late 1930’s, the Cornish couple handed away inside two weeks of one another. The property was given to a nephew who didn’t preserve the property, and in 1958 a fireplace destroyed the vast majority of the mansion.

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

Satirically, within the 1930’s Edward Cornish hoped to bequeath his 650-acre property to New York State. NYS determined the mountainous website was no place for a park and turned him down. It didn’t develop into a part of Hudson Highlands State Park Protect till the late 1960’s.

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property

When you find yourself achieved exploring these spectacular wanting ruins, proceed by way of the porte-cochère down the property driveway. You need to see blue and pink markers on a tree. Comply with the driveway to the subsequent junction and bear proper.

porte-cochère - Cornish Estate

porte-cochère – Cornish Property

Blue/Red Trail - Cornish Estate

Blue/Purple Path – Cornish Property

Blue/Red Trail - Cornish Estate

Blue/Purple Path – Cornish Property

bear right on the Cornish Trail

bear proper on the Cornish Path

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

An enormous boulder alongside the path.

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

To switch the steep and winding Breakneck Valley Street that approached the mansion from the north, a brand new driveway was laid connecting the mansion to Shore Street (present-day Route 9-D) from the south. This main endeavor required important engineering and rock blasting. Culverts and spillways directed runoff alongside and below the highway.

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

The paved highway descends steadily in direction of Route 9D, the place it ends at a gate. Simply earlier than the gate, the Cornish Path turns left, crosses a moist space on rocks and stumps, and continues alongside a footpath parallel to Route 9D for a couple of quarter of a mile to finish simply earlier than the parking zone the place the hike started.

turn left to stay on Cornish Trail

flip left to remain on Cornish Path

turn left to stay on Cornish Trail

flip left to remain on Cornish Path

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

Cornish Trail - Bull Hill

Cornish Path – Bull Hill

Washburn Trailhead - Bull Hill

Washburn Trailhead – Bull Hill

Washburn Trailhead Parking Lot

Washburn Trailhead Parking Lot


Assessment:

A completely pleasing hike. There are such a lot of factors of curiosity on this hike that you just’ll need to cease not solely to catch your breath, however to soak up the distinctive views or discover the intensive ruins. Be forewarned, that is no stroll within the park, however pleasing nonetheless. As with a lot of the standard trails within the Hudson Valley, you’ll run into loads of day hikers on any given day. The hot button is to go to on a weekday or very early mornings earlier than the crowds arrive. The paths are nicely marked with loads of signage. I extremely suggest this hike to all which are bodily in a position.

Professionals:

Views galore, nicely marked and maintained trails, Cornish Property ruins.

Cons:

Well-liked mountain climbing space which attracts crowds.


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