Bull Hill Full Loop

MODERATE 802 reviews

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, trail 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.

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rocky
3 days ago

Nice trail. A few times, very rocky but in general very doable if you’re in decent shape. Proper shoes are highly recommended. Did it in 2 hrs 20 min (counter clockwise) but I like to go fast.

hiking
7 days ago

Very popular trail, a lot of people for the short loop. Very nice.

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rocky
18 days ago

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25 days ago

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25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome day spent on this trail. Leaves were changing and the views were incredible. Not super easy, not difficult either. Overall, highly recommend.

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Way too crowded. Saw hundreds of people

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rocky
1 month ago

Started Washburn trailhead and it was hot and steep. There were really nice views over the beginning 2 miles of the hike. The rest of it was through the trees which was nice since they were changing. The ruins were cool. Trail stated off empty but the end was crowded.

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

perhaps my favorite upstate hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout, lots of leaves in some areas that hide the actual depth of the ground so watch out for that. Saw a snake slithering by near the ruins too.

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Don’t go clockwise— go counterclockwise. Some nice views and ruins to see.

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rocky
1 month ago

differentially not moderate. would consider hard. alot of up and down hill rocky road.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

My partner and I completed the full loop, starting at Little Stony Point yesterday. Since this trail was rated moderate we weren’t expecting the straight-up rocky climb at the beginning. I’d say the heart-pumping incline didn’t end until we were nearly .2 miles from the summit. I’d personally rate the first half of the loop hard. The views of the Hudson start early and are well worth the visit. The descent was great, it was very gradual and easy on the ankles. Overall, we loved the trail. It was super well marked the entire way. The 5+ mile loop was a challenging workout, which is what I personally look for in our hikes. Def would do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

The beginning is a bit steep but after the first 1.5 mile the views of the Hudson are certainly worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Came up for Cornish went as far up Bull hill as we could with the time we had. Will be back to do the full loop

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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rocky
2 months ago

First 1.5-2 miles were steep and rocky. Had to stop several times to rest before we reached the peak. It was foggy so the view was limited. On the way down it rained but there was sufficient tree coverage so it wasn't so bad. Overall it was challenging but doable.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely harder than expected but beautiful!! Be prepared to climb a lot of rocks and your legs and a** to hurt!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Solid incline on the way up and was rocky at times. There was a small detour, but the trail was well marked and easy to follow. Fantastic views and the ruins were spectacular!

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bugs
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Really nice hike. Moderately strenuous going up the first couple of miles, easy after that. Very well marked trails with great signage throughout. And mostly in the shade, so good for a hot day. Finally, there were a number amazing views of the Hudson River Valley and beyond. We had a clear day and could even see the NYC skyline in the distance!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail. Easy to get to using metro north train from nyc. We missed a trail marker and did some off-trailing for a bit but found the path again easily. Overall great day!

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