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on Gertrude's Nose Trail

hiking
2 days ago

I would say this is a moderate hike due to lack of steep climbs. Views are phenomenal and similar to sams point.

Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

Today was a gorgeous day for a hike and I was able to take some amazing pictures. The views were breathtaking. Once we found where the blue blazer trail started it was very easy for follow. This trail can definitely be done in sneakers. Bring some snacks, there are plenty of nice places to stop and enjoy the view! Beware of snakes!!! We saw 3 snakes today with the last one being a HUGE black snake so keep your eyes open especially when you get to the part of the trail where you are deep in the woods. That is where we spotted the biggest snake any of us have ever seen

Arrived at 2:30PM on Saturday and had no trouble finding a parking space. Parked in the upper lot as suggested by other reviewers. Views were spectacular and the trail was not overly crowded, in fact we had it to our selves most of the way. We did the 8 mile loop counter clockwise and would recommend it. Took us just over 3 hours moving at a pretty good clip but did stop for photos and to dip our feet in the creek. There were a few rock scrambles and some slippery downhills. Overall a great trail.

Beautiful hike with breathtaking view points. It was a beautiful day and therefore the trail was very crowded; it was almost a social gathering. One can do the full 8 miles trail, but we loop out after circa 5 miles. After the first 2 segments, most hikers loop out and the trail is quite empty.

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

This is one of that trail that you think isn’t good but turned out to be great. The views are spectacular and the trails are well-maintained. Best during summer and early fall seasons. There are plenty of areas to just sit down and relax while enjoying postcard views. Indeed, a trail I’ll be going back over and over again.

Incredible, definitely the most bang for your buck hike I’ve come across. It’s just view after view after view. The trail goes along a beautiful ridgeline that from afar looks like it’s the edge of the earth (Sorry to disappoint you, Flat-earthers, it’s not) and when it ducks back into the woods you suddenly appear at another lovely view on another giant rock. Like half a dozen times. It’s great. Definitely a challenging hike, though no real scrambles or anything too strenuous. Lots of rock, but also lots of dirt trails. Lots of ups and downs, never really felt a long 1200 ft ascent, but somehow ended up that high. The dogs loved swimming in Lake Minnewaska at the end, we didn’t see any leeches, though I’ve heard they’ve been known to be there. We completed it in just over 4 hrs, with plenty of breaks and photo ops, despite a rude Park ranger telling us we could never do it in the 5 hours we allotted ourselves. Park closes at 8 pm, supposedly they will ticket you and lock your car in if you aren’t out by then. We didn’t find out if that’s true.

9 days ago

Amazing waterfall and great views! Nice place to cool of in the summertime.

Really beautiful train, moderate to a little hard in a few areas. My Fitbit recorded around 9 to 10 miles for the entire thing. Beautiful views!

Not as difficult as other reviews made it out to be. Lots of Rock climbing that is diverse enough for you to choose easier vs harder. Great views worth the climb

Great hike up to one of the best overviews on the Hudson. The fact that you are set back a bit from the river makes it very dramatic, and the soldiers' memorial and cairn at the top is very moving. I did this hike clockwise, which I think is the best way. You have to follow busy roads for about a half mile from the hiker parking lot before you hit the trail that runs along the creek, but there are some nice views along the way. The Popolopen Gorge Trail has a fair bit of elevation gain, with some small views of the creek until you hit the footbridge where the blue Timp-Torne Trail meets it, Then it's a pretty steady ride up to the Torne with some really fun rock scrambling to get to the top. Enjoy the great views then head back down the other side, which is steep in places but has some ropes to help you down. The last part of the hike back on the blue trail is fairly uneventful, and you have to watch the blazes carefully, as you cross and follow roads a few times before you go under the bridge over the gorge and end at Fort Montgomery. You could add a loop around Brooks Lake if you wanted, but we didn't.

Views. All the views. It starts with a scramble — if you’re used to Mt. Tammany, this will be an easier than the difficulty forecasting a “hard” trail. After the ascent, it’s more of a ridge walk out with lots of good views. I made the poor decision to take the bypass down and walk Beacon Hill as a separate trail because rain was creeping in — do not do this if you’re tempted (Beacon Hill’s trail is to the powerhouse ruins and initial views is boring and more like a steep gravel fire road than an interesting venture). Just keep walking the trail and you’ll have a much better path. If it rains, you get wet. Safe travels.

Start by crossing the Bridge, then crossing the road and entering the woods. More difficult to manage down the big rocks if you start on the trail at the edge and of the parking lot. Great trail though!

hiking
17 days ago

Nice views and a cool swimming hole between two waterfalls!

hiking
17 days ago

Got there late on Sunday afternoon around 2PM (the day before Labor Day Monday) — the main entrance parking lot was full and had to wait on a long line of cars in order to enter & find parking. After a 20 minute wait without our vehicle moving , the park Rangers finally allowed us to enter the lot. We made our hike towards Gertrude’s Nose—however we hiked counter clockwise and headed toward Millbrook Mountain. On a rainy day this must be a difficult/slippery hike because of the climb along some holders and rocky terrain. Eventually once you reach Millbrook Mountain the hike down and up to Gertrude’s nose is fun. Once you reach Gertrude’s nose you’ll be rewarded with nice views and good picture opportunities. We then set back on our return and encounter some challenges hiking back up to the yellow trail. All in all I would say this is a Moderate trail with some difficulty on wet/snowy days.

my first real hike, was more than I expected but was a great CHALLENGE !! coming from Louisiana it was a great experience and had a great time

Moderate hike with a lot of great viewing areas. Saw a lot of cool mushrooms and hawks. Some fun rock areas.

hiking
18 days ago

Arrived 9:30 and parked at Minnewaska Lake lot. Lots of fog at the lake — visibility wouldn’t start to clear for a few hours to take in vistas. Walked trail loop starting toward Millbrook Mountain than to Gertrude’s Nose and was rewarded with very light traffic along all the science vistas. If you want an easy hike, just go out to Gertrude’s nose and back and expect one little uphill mixed in with the mild grades of the gravel path. As soon as you get to open edges be careful of footing: there are breaks in the ledges that and people eaters and just go down (I think I’ll skip this as a trail for snowy days).

Was very crowded but its also Labor Day weekend. I'm happy the first two lots were full because frankly you don't want to walk on the road when you can just drive further up to one of the numerous other parking options that get you in without walking on a road with no shoulder. I brought my 5 and 8 year old and we did this and then added on inspiration point after. There is a decent amount of climbing up and down(for the falls from Scudder Road Parking), but the views were nice (minus the crowds). Boys thoroughly enjoyed it. We were a bit more adventurous and climbed right near the falls on the top and bottom (very carefully, watch for wet rocks)

Great moderate trail. some rock scrambles and rolling trail, took the red trail and some yellow. the yellow is a dirt road that has some mountain bikers, no issues though. Get there early because the lots get packed quick. on my hike didn't have any congestion problems, lots of trails. Beautiful views!!

amazing scramble in the beginning and beautiful views at the top! plan on using 4 points of contact during the scramble in the beginning. Loved this and will definitely do it again!

Visited on a Sunday in late August.

White to red to yellow. Avoided “easier ascent.”

There was (predictably) high traffic, and we somehow avoided the super scary section we climbed the first time.

Finished in 2:45.

I started nearby the Fort as well. Guess i'm not as strong of a hiker that I thought I was, as this hike damn near killed me. (however, the weather was about 100 degrees that day). coming down is very hard so be sure to take care. amazing views.

Very easy trail with a lot of steps to get down the waterfall area and back up. The rest of the trail is through the woods and very nice, but somewhat crowded.

Beautiful to visit in the autumn. Get there early for easy parking and have the trail to yourself.

Just a quick walk from the designated parking area, you can get right up to (and even into) the falls. You can also follow the road past the parking area to the very top of the falls with an amazing view.

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome! Totally beautiful well maintained and marked trails. Really cool waterfall. Go! You won't regret it.

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