Storm King Mountain Hike

We'll continue our spring hiking warm-up by scaling the Storm King mountain and treating ourselves to an amazing views of the Hudson River, and the Breakneck Ridge rising above it on the North. As a bonus, we'll get a chance to spot Peregrine Falcons - they disappeared from NY in the 1960s, but they're now back to the Storm King Park!


The Hike:

We'll do a 4.5-5 mile long lollipop loop, starting with the Stillman trail, then taking the Bluebird trail to the top of the Butter Hill, and continuing on the Howell and Bypass trails to the summit of the Storm King Mountain. At the top, we'll take a lunch break and enjoy in the view (keep your fingers crossed for a nice, sunny day). From there, we'll follow the Stillman trail back to the parking lot. This is a moderate difficulty trail, with only a few very short but steep sections with some rock scrambling. The entire hike with all breaks, at a decent pace, should not take more than 4-5 hours.



Gear:

Proper footwear is essential for this hike - a pair of comfortable, broken-in shoes, with good traction. Please no flip-flops, clogs, skate shoes and similar footwear on this hike. 

Bring enough water for the entire day. There is no water source anywhere along this hike, so come with your bottles/hydration packs filed up and ready to go.

You will need a small backpack to carry your food, water, and extra clothing. On some portions of this hike you will need to use your hands to climb up rocks, so you need your hands to be free.

The weather in the early spring can be unpredictable, and with a bit of a wind chill at the summit, a sunny day can turn into a cold one - so be ready and dress in layers. Bring an extra layer, a hat,  and rain/wind jacket that can fit into your backpack. A pair of gloves can be helpful on a cold, windy day.

As on any given hike - it is always a good idea to have your own map of the area you are hiking. You can purchase NY/NJ conference's West Hudson trail map pack, or at least print out this map:

(http://images.summitpost.org/original/185628.jpg)

Sunblock and insect repellents are good to have handy.

We should be done with this hike long before it gets dark, but it's always a good idea to pack a headlamp/flashlight - for unforeseen circumstances.


Getting there: 

We will carpool, and share the cost of gas/tolls.

Driving Directions 

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge.  Do NOT cross the bridge. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit to US-9W N.

Drive about 9 miles and then turn right onto Mountain Road.

Continue on the mountain road for about 3/4 of a mile. A small parking lot, and the trailhead will be on the right.

 GPS Coordinates: [masked], [masked]




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  • Lizbet

    What a wonderful time. Hope to see you soon in future events.

    April 20, 2014

  • Gregory S.

    Fantastic day with awesome people! Thanks Goran for bringing us together. So grateful for the day, the conversation, the hike, and the meal and drinks afterward. Hope to see you all again soon!

    3 · April 20, 2014

  • Michelle

    Awesome day today! Thank you Goran for organizing this trip. It was nice to see you and to meet new people. Looking forward to the next time.

    2 · April 19, 2014

  • Goran

    Great day for hiking! Big thanks to everyone for coming out today! Don forget to post you photos :)

    3 · April 19, 2014

  • Shrila

    It was really a great hike - beautiful views and fun people. Thanks for organizing it, Goran!

    4 · April 19, 2014

  • Trudy

    such a super great day... I had a blast!! new friends are the coolest ;)

    3 · April 19, 2014

  • Trudy

    I think I'm here

    April 19, 2014

    • Goran

      You think, therefore you are :)

      April 19, 2014

    • Trudy

      Thank you oh might one.

      April 19, 2014

  • Danelle

    im on mountain rd now what

    April 19, 2014

  • Bill

    I think my ankle is recovered enough from last weekend, so I am in :) Bringing 2 friends with room for 1 more. Leaving from Brooklyn.

    3 · April 18, 2014

  • Alex the T.

    I can take 3 people from Bensonhurst Brooklyn at 8:15am. Pickup at 20th Ave Station on the D Line.

    April 18, 2014

  • Sherrilyn

    Hi everyone. I'm driving and can fit 4 more people in the car. Picking up at 64st and 3rd ave. email me if u need a ride.

    April 16, 2014

    • Lizbet

      Is there space for me too?

      April 18, 2014

    • Sherrilyn

      Sorry Lizbet. My car is full.

      April 18, 2014

  • Goran

    There is still a couple of drivers I have not been able to reach...drivers if you're firm on coming to this hike and you can give rides to other group members, please post how many people you can drive and from where...

    April 16, 2014

    • Michelle

      Hi Goran, I will be renting the zip car. I have Avinash +1 and Kate in the car.

      2 · April 16, 2014

    • Ania W.

      i would love to offer a ride but i am still a maybe, in case i can't make it, have a wonderful hike guys, and see you next time:)

      April 17, 2014

  • Goran

    Good news - weather forecast is changing in our favor - mostly sunny with the temperature in 60s :)

    3 · April 17, 2014

  • Avinash

    Hey guys!!!Me and my friend looking for a ride. If any one is renting a car or have two spots left let me know....We live in jersey city and can meet at a convenient location for pick up....Thanks!!!!!

    April 14, 2014

    • Avinash

      Cool...me and my friend can meet you at penn station at 8 30 . I will email you my contact details...thanks

      April 16, 2014

    • Michelle

      AWESOME!

      April 16, 2014

  • Tushar

    Woohoo! Got the last spot!

    I am looking for a ride now. I live in UWS and but can get on at any place in Manhattan on Saturday.

    April 16, 2014

  • Goran

    Hey guys, right now the weather forecast calls for a slight chance (20-30 %) of drizzle before noon, and the temperature in the 50s...as far as I am concerned this is an ideal hiking weather - I'll keep monitoring the forecast and let you know if there are any changes...

    April 16, 2014

  • Michelle

    I would need a ride but I'm also willing to rent a zip car for the day, shared cost. I live in Brooklyn and can pick up anywhere along the route to Storm King.

    April 13, 2014

    • kate

      Hey Michelle, Im also in Brooklyn so im happy to rent a zip car with you. Im in Fort Greene. My emails [masked] - let me know

      1 · April 15, 2014

    • Michelle

      Awesome! I'm in Bay Ridge. I can get the car there and pick you up.

      April 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving to Storm King? I'd love a ride and happy to contribute! I'm in Astoria, but can travel to wherever is convenient for pick up. Thanks!

    April 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Car is full at the moment. Taking Goran, Mercedes, Kathryn and possibly Burdie. Will let people know here if a spot opens up.

      April 14, 2014

    • burdie

      Thanks Cathy, Id love to join your generous carpool offer!! Thank you.

      April 14, 2014

  • Michelle

    Are we suppose to be at storm king at 10 or leave our place by 10? Silly question just need to know in case I have to meet someone for a ride.

    April 14, 2014

    • Goran

      "We'll meet at the parking lot at 10AM...I'll email you additional instructions and my contact info before the event"

      April 14, 2014

  • burdie

    I'm SOOOOOO thrilled that a spot opened up. I thank you from the bottom of my hiking heart, Goran.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Mercedes

    Is this a one day trip or is the whole weekend?

    April 3, 2014

    • Goran

      It's a day hike

      April 3, 2014

  • Rob M.

    Hi Goran, I'm not 100% yet for this hike because I might have to lead my own meetup group on that Saturday. I'll let you know when we get closer to the date.

    March 25, 2014

    • Goran

      No worries Rob...let me know...

      1 · March 25, 2014

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