Hudson Highlands State Park and the Cornish Estate Ruins revisited

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South west view on the Hudson towards West Point Military Academy

One of the first real hikes I made during my expatship was on the 13th of July 2008, in Hudson Highland State Park, near Cold Spring. See here! This is one of the highest parts of the Hudson Valley, a truly beautiful area. Apart from great trails, amazing views and beautiful nature the hike offers some serious up and down movements and, some abandoned sites. The majority of the trails are located on Bull Mountain. One of the highest but (compared to its neighbors Storm King and Breakneck Ridge) less popular mountains in the state park. Bull Mountain was named after an out of control bull that used to terrorize the mountain and was finally killed here.

The hole in the former dam

I decided to re-do this hike since the previous time I did not have my GPS yet and I was curious how the "ghost" sites had developed (deteriorated) in the past five years.

The first "ghost" site is the old quarry of the Hudson River Stone Corporation. It was in use from 1931 to 1967, long enough to make a huge scar on Bull Mountain. I visited both the floor of the quarry as well as the 80-meter (266-ft) higher top edge. The remainder of the hike offered great views on Cold Spring, the Hudson and Storm King Mountain.

After climbing 333 meters (1093 ft) the trail took me down 190 meters (623 ft) to the base of Breakneck Ridge. And then it feasted me on another ascent of 220 meters (722 ft) during which I had to move quickly near a steep rock wall from which icicles were falling down, making my way between the falling ice lumps.

The remaining stone parts of the Cornish Estate

After a long descend I arrived at the abandoned Cornish Dairy Farm, located between the two mountains. The ruins of the farm still looked as I recalled it from 5 years ago. But a nearby item had changed significantly, a whole artificial lake had disappeared. The dam had been demolished in 2011.

The last ghost item was the Cornish Estate, also know as Northgate. This once beautiful mansion was owned by the industrial Edward Cornish. The huge house featured a swimming pool, a green house, and a garage. The dairy farm was also part of the estate. After Cornish's death the estate was not occupied anymore and a fire in 1959 destroyed all its grandeur. Only the stone walls, chimneys, and foundations survived the fire and the years of decay, leaving a very mysterious ruin complex in the middle of the re-grown forest.
Some old photos of the mansion have been discovered by Robert Yasinsac. See these at his site here!

As a desert I hiked another 1.6 km (1 mile) on Little Stony Point a peninsula created by the quarry activities. Now a state park, it offered some last great views on Storm King Mountain.

More pictures below!

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South west view on the Hudson towa…
South west view on the Hudson tow…
The hole in the former dam
The hole in the former dam
The remaining stone parts of the C…
The remaining stone parts of the …
Bubbles on one of the stream snear…
Bubbles on one of the stream snea…
Panorama view of the old quarry of…
Panorama view of the old quarry o…
The old quarry of the Hudson River…
The old quarry of the Hudson Rive…
Still icicles on the quarry walls
Still icicles on the quarry walls
Remains of the quarry
Remains of the quarry
View on the quarry floor
View on the quarry floor
View on the quarry floor and Storm…
View on the quarry floor and Stor…
View on the quarry floor and Storm…
View on the quarry floor and Stor…
At he rim of the quarry
At he rim of the quarry
Remains of the quarry
Remains of the quarry
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Cold Spring
View on Route 9D
View on Route 9D
More icicles
More icicles
View from Breakneck Ridge towards …
View from Breakneck Ridge towards…
On Breakneck Ridge
On Breakneck Ridge
More icicles
More icicles
More icicles
More icicles
Breakneck Ridge and Storm King Mou…
Breakneck Ridge and Storm King Mo…
Far away, but visible, the Catskil…
Far away, but visible, the Catski…
This used to be a lake!
This used to be a lake!
This used to be a lake!
This used to be a lake!
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins. See …
The Cornish Dairy Farm ruins. See…
The greenhouse of the Cornish Esta…
The greenhouse of the Cornish Est…
The greenhouse of the Cornish Esta…
The greenhouse of the Cornish Est…
The remaining stone parts of the C…
The remaining stone parts of the …
The remaining stone parts of the C…
The remaining stone parts of the …
The remaining stone parts of the C…
The remaining stone parts of the …
The remaining stone parts of the C…
The remaining stone parts of the …
The remaining stone parts of the C…
The remaining stone parts of the …
The swimming pool of the Cornish E…
The swimming pool of the Cornish …
The remaining stone parts and swim…
The remaining stone parts and swi…
The remaining stone parts of the C…
The remaining stone parts of the …
Storm King, the Hudson, and Breakn…
Storm King, the Hudson, and Break…
Storm King and the Hudson, as seen…
Storm King and the Hudson, as see…
Old picture of the quarry (photo o…
Old picture of the quarry (photo …
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSProfil…
GPS Profile (rendered by GPSProfi…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
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photo by: mdalamers