North Point is one of several peaks exceeding 1,000 feet in the 1,972-acre Storm King State Park. While Storm King Mountain is typically the most popular hike in this region, North Point also offers some exceptional views of the Hudson Valley and is accessible via several trail routes.
The Red and White trailheads are located near the parking area off of Route 9W. This spot is an excellent place to hold a picnic and gaze out to the multiple summits this trail system provides access to. Begin your route on the white trail.
The path will rise and dip several times for about a half mile until you reach the intersection with the blue trail. Here, you will follow the blue markers down the steep valley to the south and cross over two streams that feed the Hudson River watershed.
After an almost 450-foot decent, you will intersect another White Trail, different from the one you just left. Turn right to follow the Blue Trail around the western face of the mountain. Northeastern hardwoods and mountain laurel line your path as you begin a 500-foot climb to the summit. Just before the top, you will come upon the start of another White Trail. Turn left on the Blue Trail that continues to ascend the final stretch.
At the top you’ll enjoy incredible views of the Hudson Valley and a unique perspective of several prominent mountains, including Breakneck and Mount Beacon, which shape the surrounding geography. Take a rest on the large boulder oddly placed on this barren peak by glaciers thousands of years ago.
Just north of West Point, this mountain was once the target of a cannon manufacturer that existed across the river. In 1999, a forest fire caused the detonation of unexploded ordinances all over the park lands that had been lying dormant for over 100 years. As a result, the park was closed for several years while remaining explosives were searched for and removed.
There-and-back is almost a 4-mile round-trip. If you wish to extend your journey, there are many trails throughout the park that provide a longer loop options and peak traverses with their own impressive views of the neighboring mountains and valleys.
Highway 218 offers another trail entrance to Storm King State Park; however, this road is closed in the winter season due to snow coverage and increased chance of rockfall.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.