Storm King - Butter Hill Trail

HARD 266 reviews
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Storm King - Butter Hill Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Point, New York that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

Pull off on Northbound side.

hiking
12 hours ago

Some challenging ups and downs but well worth it for the views.

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3 days ago

Should really be rated as moderate. Nice hike!

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6 days ago

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10 days ago

Strenuous and rocky, so make sure you have good footwear. Easy to follow trail, but you need to be cognizant of the changing trail blaze colors (orange to teal to white). There are three different peaks all with great views.

hiking
13 days ago

My first hiking experience was 7/31/17 and it was the Butterhill/Stormking trail. I got there about 10:00AM and had a blast. I was by myself which now looking back might not have been the most wise decision. But it was a great time to be had. I found it challenging and now I feel as if I've been bit by some sort of bug. This has definitely opened up a new chapter in my life as I'm really not able to compete in organized sports at a high level anymore. The views were great and it had a good taste of how scrambling across rocks feel. It was quite sunny and a good and thorough sweat was achieved. I will definitely look into a better water carrying apparatus before my next jaunt. Did get lost and ended up descending what I believe to be was storm king mountain and had to end up backtracking up to the correct way the blue trail was headed. I think that added a solid mile to my trip because Endomondo logged me in at a bit over 4 miles from the parking lot and back. I'm researching breakneck ridge for the next endeavor before heading further north. I really appreciate these apps and sites like catskill mountaineer for the first hand accounts and experiences from other individuals. It gives one the opportunity to somewhat visualize a potential trail and develop what I like to call a health fear and respect before actually undertaking the hike itself. I don't know maybe I'm looking too much into it but the outdoors are great for a reason and I certainly want to do my share of keeping them that way. Corny as it sounds but we only have one Earth.

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18 days ago

Did this in July. Excellent trail. Main parking lot was full on Sunday so we parked at a nearby trail and added one mile hike to our route to both butter hill and storm summits. 5.5 miles total round trip.

hiking
19 days ago

I would have loved it but..
*There were no maps.
*The trails weren't easy to follow.
*Lack of bathroom facilities like Cold Springs.
* Litter everywhere


Pros.
* Lots of wildlife. We saw turkeys, hawks, chipmunks, lizards
* Beautiful scenery of the Hudson Valley.


Full trail is definitely Hard.

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24 days ago

Decently easy trail with great views!

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25 days ago