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Bull Hill Full Loop is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,394 feet Route Type: Loop

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This is what the state refers to as the Full Bull Hill hike. Start at the Little Stony Point parking area just north of Cold Spring, then take the Washburn Trail (white) to the right, following an old road to an abandoned rock quarry, which the trail skirts, leading to a couple of viewpoints to the south. The trail can be rather steep, but it never gets to the point of rock-scrambling. A few minutes after passing the intersection with the Undercliff Trail (yellow), there are a couple of viewpoints (not necessarily easily to see) where you get the New York skyline. Shortly before the top of the mountain, there is a rocky outcrop just to the right of the trail, from which you get an excellent view south along the Hudson River, including the NYC skyline. After crossing the flat top of the mountain, there is another viewpoint to the northwest, from Breakneck Ridge in the foreground to the Catskills in the background. The Washburn trail then starts descending, following an old woods road, until it ends at an intersection with the Nelsonville Trail (green) and the Notch Trail (blue). Turn left onto the latter, which leads you to the valley between Bull Hill and Breakneck Ridge. Turn left onto the Brook Trail (red), although you might want to visit the impressive ruins of the Cornish farm just to the right. At a Y-junction, take the left fork onto the Cornish Trail (blue), which passes the ruins of the main estate house (and greenhouse!), at which point the trail follows the old concrete driveway, at the end of which the trail turns left to parallel NY Rte 9D until you're back to your starting point.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 hours ago

A good trail to have a workout with nice views. An enjoyable hike.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Good trail. We got there early and did the full loop and partial short loop to see the views. Overall it was 6.3 miles. We had the place to ourselves as we started out at 7a but by the time we left it was really crowded.

6 days ago

This loop is awesome, lesser trafficked than Breakneck Ridge and has similar amazing views of the Hudson. I like to eat lunch at the summit. No scrambles bit definitely a tough ascent. Love this one.

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rocky
6 days ago

A bit challenging for the first couple miles or so since you’re climbing up. Great views. Trails are well marked, and there are guides handing out maps at the trailhead + answering questions. Rock scramble on blue trail was slippery on the way down, so make sure to wear shoes with good traction.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail! Trail is well maintained and markers are easy to spot. Steeper than expected, not for kids. Not for the weary.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Very challenging beautiful views along the way.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail, steep hike on the first 2 miles but then it’s pretty manageable afterwards. Some of the view points are a bit off the trail, on large boulders but the views are amazing, including of NYC. The peak of the hill itself doesn’t have the best views or make it a great spot for lunch.

hiking
14 days ago

Solid hike but just know there are no real views on this loop. I had done the short loop in the past - that’s where the views are. So this will be a 3 hour hike with a lot of uphill hiking for over an hour, without awesome views as a payoff.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

The first 2 miles were pretty rough & a steep incline with lots of rocks but the rest wasn’t bad at all! Beautiful views along the way! Nice & shady for the most part.

hiking
19 days ago

Is this trail completely open?

hiking
20 days ago

Quite a few amazing viewpoints- trail was long and steep but not overly difficult.

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rocky
21 days ago

6.13.20 - Nice 5.5 mile hike. Took me 2.5 hours with few stops for photos. The first hour is DIFFICULT. Constantly steep and rocky. But once you get to the top, the rest of the hike is mostly downhill and very comfortable. Entire trail is very well marked.

hiking
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

Awesome hike! The first two miles are killer, but definitely worth it. There’s amazing views on the way up, and the trek down is enjoyable. I went on June 12th and it was open! When we started at 7:30 am we were the only ones there, at 10:30 when we finished the parking lot was pretty full! So the earlier the better.

hiking
22 days ago

Did this trail open?

hiking
1 month ago

The trails are closed (5/31/2020)

rocky
1 month ago

Is this trail open ?

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails. Initial couple of miles are rocky and steep but it’s worth the climb, and it’s a great leg workout. Several beautiful viewpoints along the way. Generally not super crowded if you start early in the day (or late in the afternoon) but the parking lot does get very full by mid-morning. Well marked. Would definitely redo this hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Great trail, rocky and steep for the first hour. Fairly rocky for over half the trail. We got there right after 10am and lot was full so we parked in town and trekked about half a mile to Washburn Trailhead. Dog friendly. Will take 3-4 hrs depending on how many stops you take.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes but DEFINITELY not the right time to do it. So many people and small children who don’t normally hike. Beautiful views of Storm King Mtn and the Hudson River, but I’ll wait til after quarantine do do this hike again.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Good views in the first half of it. First two miles will tire you out but well worth it. My recording glitched out towards a break but still fun. The trail gets a bit crowded during this pandemic. Some people didn't understand Social Distancing due to COVID-19.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great trail and only an hour and fifteen minute drive from north Brooklyn! If you get there early (before 10 am) there is plenty of parking but later in the day it’s super tight and you most likely will have to wait for someone to leave. It’s a tough first mile uphill, super rocky, but after that it’s pretty smooth and nice! Lots of spots to sit and take in a view for lunch or a break. The Cornish estates at the end are fun to explore. Only took about 3 hours total. I also recommend crossing the street from the trail head (by the ranger station) and going into those trails as well. The views on that side the street take you closer to the river and are gorgeous! Also almost no people - was perfect to stop and eat lunch before leaving.

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