Rainbow Falls Trail is a 8.6 mile loop trail located near Kerhonkson, NY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Good choice if you want to be out for a while and have flat ground.
Amazing hike ! Took awhile to get to the trail from where we parked however it was so worth it ! I would say it was a relatively easy hike but may scare some first timers due to the look of the ridge as you head down towards the falls. When we arrived at the falls it took my breath away and was in awe. So beautiful ! Check it out if you get the chance !
Pay no attention to the tracks. The best way to get to Rainbow Falls is to park by Lake Minnewaska and peddle up Upper Awosting Carriageway towards Lake Awostong until you reach the Rainbow Falls trailhead on the right. There are nice stone steps down the hill and fairly level through the woods until the rock scramble at the base of the falls. The falls are dependent on rain and snow thaw so there wasn't much coming down when I was there. The other way towards Lower Awosting Carriageway is more challenging with a cliff to climb but still not that difficult. There is a great view of the Catskill mountain range this way. The trail is also pretty we'll marked with orange blazes on trees and rocks.
Hiked the Rainbow Falls Trail as a junction from one carriage trail to another. It was a tricky one mile stretch with some steep descents that required climbing. My big lummox of a dog found them frightening. The falls was pretty, as part of it was frozen.