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Bull Hill Quick Loop – Hudson Highlands State Park Protect


June 26, 2022 – Chilly Spring, NY

Issue: Strenuous

Size: Roughly 4.6 miles

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

Route sort: Circuit

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

Free Internet Map: Hudson Highlands North Path Map 2021

Free Avenza App Map: Hudson Highlands North Path Map 2019

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

47-space parking zone – Transportable 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 often called the Hudson Highlands. Whereas not as nicely often called 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 largely 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, via younger deciduous forest, to the rocky ridges and summits towering above the encircling 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 out of doors actions that may be loved right here, reminiscent of 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 get together drove the bull over the hill. In an try to flee the mountaineers, the bull plunged out into house 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 go by the huge 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 continues to be of the property after a damaging fireplace in 1958.

mansion ruins - Cornish Estate

mansion ruins – Cornish Property


Trails Overview:

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

  • Washburn Path: (white blazes – 1.4 miles) ~ The primary route up Bull Hill from the Washburn Trailhead, it climbs to the mountain’s 1,420 toes summit in nearly 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 toes 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: (purple 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 outdated roads, making it one of many extra reasonable trails within the space.
  • Cornish Path (blue blazes – 1.45 miles) ~ This blue blazed path follows a disused street via the ruins of an outdated 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 outdated 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 appears to be like 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 all the time 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 often stuffed to capability. Getting there early is the important thing to securing a parking spot and avoiding the huge crowds in the course of the summer season mountain climbing season.

We obtained up brilliant 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 sizzling and hazy with temps round 90°. Aside from the rock outcrops, nearly the complete 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 rapidly positive factors 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 best way. 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 toes, 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 outdated street, 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 street, 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 lately 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. Immediately 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 (middle) 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 fitting 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 fitting.

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. You could wish 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 point of view, the path continues to ascend extra progressively, however quickly steepens. After climbing one other 400 vertical toes, 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 Navy Academy at West Level is outstanding within the distance to the south. After a brief stage part, the path resumes a reasonably 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 (middle) and the West Level Navy Academy (far middle).

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 fitting, 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 street that was by no means accomplished. The path turns proper and proceeds alongside the street, 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 street, 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 it’s best to bear left and proceed on the red-blazed path alongside the woods street, 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 fitting, you’ll attain a fork. Bear left right here onto the blue-blazed Cornish Path, which follows an outdated street via 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 street passes a big cement-and-stone cistern on the fitting, then curves round two switchbacks and continues with a concrete pavement. Simply earlier than reaching the paved part of the street, there’s an unmarked footpath that leads all the way down to the stone ruins of the Cornish Property, that are seen beneath on the fitting.

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 in the course of 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 designate 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 presently 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

If you find yourself achieved exploring these spectacular trying ruins, proceed via the porte-cochère down the property driveway. It’s best to see blue and purple markers on a tree. Comply with the driveway to the following 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

A large 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 enterprise required vital engineering and rock blasting. Culverts and spillways directed runoff alongside and below the street.

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 street 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


Evaluation:

A totally pleasant hike. There are such a lot of factors of curiosity on this hike that you just’ll wish to cease not solely to catch your breath, however to absorb the distinctive views or discover the intensive ruins. Be forewarned, that is no stroll within the park, however pleasant nonetheless. As with a lot of the in style 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 can be bodily in a position.

Execs:

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

Cons:

Widespread mountain climbing space which attracts crowds.


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