Storm King views revealing Bannerman Castle's decay
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Storm King Mountain in Storm King State Park, is (apparently) one of my favorite mountains in the Hudson Valley. I have hiked it several times by now, in all types of weather and seasons (see here, here, and here).
The weather forecast for today was not too optimistic. I needed some fresh air so, I decided to visit my old friend, Storm King, for a short hike.
Despite my earlier hikes I managed to take a "wrong" turn (partly out of curiosity) and ended up on a trail that leads around the King, instead of over its top. In the case of Storm King, with its extremely steep faces a very nice trail with brilliant views on the Hudson River and Pollepel Island, the island named after a Dutch kitchen utensil.
Pollepel Island houses the ruins of Bannerman Castle, a Scottish style castle, built in 1901 by Francis Bannerman, as a storage building for guns and other ammunition. The castle was never completed and construction was ceased in 1918. The structures were abandoned in 1950 and purchased by NY State in 1967. Tours were organized until a huge fire in august 1969 destroyed the castle. After that the buildings collapsed bit by bit.
Although, bit by bit? Comparing my pictures of this visit to ones from my first hike on Storm King on April 5th 2009 show that almost half of the main building has collapsed. This happened in December 2009. WHAT A SHAME!
I took another trail back to the car as well, a trail that descended deep below the access road, so, my simple and short hike turned out a pretty steep one with a total climb of more than 600 meters (1968 ft)!
More pictures below!