Summary: Starting at the parking area by Little Stony Point, take the white blazed Washburn Trail east. It passes a quarry, then begins a steady climb, with some views from ledges along the way. You'll soon reach the yellow blazed Undercliff Trail. Turn north onto the Undercliff and you'll reach an excellent overlook in about .5 mile . Retrace your steps back to the white trail and continue your climb. Reaching the summit of Mt Taurus, you'll find another excellent overlook with views of the Hudson Valley, Bear Mtn, Harriman State Park and the town of Cold Spring. The trail begins to descend, bear left onto the blue blazed Notch Trail and you'll cross some old carraige roads on your way down. Eventually, you'll reach the ruins of the Cornish estate, where you can see whats left of the barn and other outbuildings. Turn south on the red blazed trail for a short distance then left on the blue blazed Cornish Trail, past the ruins of the Cornish mansion and back to your car.
Trailhead: From South:
Take Palisates Interstate Parkway north to Bear Mountain Bridge. Make left on route 9D. Follow 9D through the village of Cold Spring. Just outside Cold Spring, parking for about 15 cars will be on your left and there is room for another 4-5 cars on the right.
Taconic Parkway to Route 301 west, to 9D south. Parking is just before you reach village of Cold Spring. (Lat:41.42685 Lon:-73.96644)
Trail Guides for Mt Taurus:
New York Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail con)
50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley
by Peter Kick (Backcountry Publications)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Hudson Highlands State Park, Beacon NY 845-225-7207
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Sniatkowski, who has posted 50 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Jonathan on 11/25/2011
Great hike. There are many nice views along the way up and of course at the top. The elevation gain is challenging but not so much at anyone in moderately good shape will find it to bad. I took the same route as described here except when I reached the Cornish estate I took the blue trail to the right instead of the red trail to the left (south). I eventually ended up on the Breakneck ridge trail with was an unexpected surprise... for trail maps, gps coordinates, photos & a video of my experience on the Mt Taurus trail, see my website hctrails.com/?p=939 Happy Hiking!
Reviewed by CG on 7/3/2011
White trail was hard and steep at times. First, I thought it was just me, but everyone else we met on the trail returned after they reached the Yellow trail. Everyone seemed to find it very strenuous. There were several young fit couples, a few groups of young people, an older couple, and us. We managed to get the furthest. When the White trail comes to an open area with trees and a cliff across, that's the quarry. To continue the White trail make a SHARP right hand turn. There are vistas of the whole river right at the yellow trail junction on the right, but if you go on on white a bit more, that's the best view. Even better than the summit. Coming down is tricky, so I recommend good shoes and one or two sticks.
Reviewed by kengolub on 2/16/2011
I've done this hike many times and enjoy the terrain's variety. The tour directions go counter-clockwise, I much prefer a clockwise route since you get better views. Start across and just north of Little Stony Point, there's a trail entry flanked by 8' tall stone columns, leads onto a concrete uphill ramp remaining from the Lone Star mine. The concrete soon ends and you're in the woods.
Reviewed by Riotch on 10/19/2010
Took this hike 10/17/10. The weather was perfect for some mid October Autumn hiking. Sights were incredible and the trails were easy to follow. Only confusion occurred on the Blue Trail. There were 2 shades of Blue Blazes that actually are the same trail. Very easy to get to from NYC. With a very leisurely pace with frequent vista and rest stops, the hike was completed in 4 hours. Great hike. Highly recommendable!
Reviewed by Aditya Datey on 9/13/2010
The hike is a little steep but very dooable and a good workout. Trail is well marked but a map definitely helps. Theres a sharp right before the quarry which we missed and ended up walking in quarry area for 15-20 mins. The loop back is easy, long ..but pleasant enough. The ruins on the blue trail on the way back are an interesting diversion. Took us 4 hours with 8 people, breaks for photos, snacks etc.
Reviewed by Swede on 9/10/2010
A great hike. Steep and a little strenuous at the beginning but you are rewarded with great views. I'll head up Mt. Taurus on the white trail and turn west on the yellow trail. In my opinion there are better views along the yellow trail than if you were to continue on the white over the top of Mt. Taurus. There is little water on the trail (there is a stream along the red/blue trail as you are descending), bring enough for the whole hike! I've done Breakneck Ridge enough times so as not to have to do it again (that's one tough hike!). Mt Taurus is a more enjoyable hike, good views of the Highlands without the feeling that you'll plummet 800 feet off a cliff trail :) Close to NYC (60 - 80 minutes away on Metro North)
Reviewed by CL on 11/3/2009
Directions above are erroneous: coming North on 9D out of Cold Spring, the larger parking lot is on the right not the left. In any event, park at Little Stony Point. I hiked it last weekend (2 November 09). The hike is a good hike, especially given its proximity to New York City. But it is not a spectacular hike. Also, the distance is less than reported. I easily did the hike in 3 hours.
Reviewed by BrianK on 9/13/2009
A GREAT hike. Not nearly as strenuous as Breakneck Ridge, which requires some minor technical skill, but this hike is a gem. Lots of great views, and lots of beautiful woods. The last mile or so back is like a stroll in a park, which is great after having done some steep hiking at the beginning! I live six miles from the trailhead, and I'll be back soon.
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