ElevationAscent: 1,496' 456 m
Descent: -1,496' -456 m
High: 1,419' 433 m
Low: 32' 10 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“Run past an old stone house ruin and enjoy some spectacular views near the end of the loop.”— John Maurizi
There are also many views of the Hudson River and Storm King State Park across the way. However, these views are near the end of the loop when done in a clockwise direction.
Stay on the Brook Trail for about 0.5 miles passing the Undercliff Trail (yellow disc markers), until you reach a trail junction with the Notch Trail. There are a few ruins of an old dairy farm just up the Notch Trail. Turn right on the Notch Trail (blue disc markers) and follow this for about one mile until you reach a junction of three trails (Washburn, Nelsonville and Notch). The Notch Trail in this direction is a steady climb but mostly gradual.
At this three-way trail junction, turn right on the Washburn Trail (white disc markers). This section of the Washburn Trail follows an old fire road to the summit. The summit has great views north and continuing on there are several more. Continue on the Washburn Trail until the Undercliff Trail (yellow disc markers) junction.
Turn right here and continue to some of the best viewpoints on West Point and Storm King Mountain. This trail sees little traffic and is very enjoyable. Follow it until you reach the Brook Trail again and turn left onto the access road that will eventually merge again with the Cornish Trail and bring you back to the trailhead.
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