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Nice local trail tucked away in suburbia! Easy trail, great for a short family hike or a quick trek in the woods when one needs to disappear for an hour. Good for a dog walk too. Just long enough for an afternoon with the kids in between events. We'll go again in the fall!

Excellent hike for fall.

Awesome trail! Definitely drink plenty of water and watch your footing. All the rock scrambles you’ll end up climbing/hiking through get difficult and very exhausting but climbing through them is so much fun. You’ll feel accomplished when you’re finished!

Great trail with diverse terrain and beautiful vistas

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful views in the beginning, plain hike for the rest of the trail. In my opinion , the trail rated as "moderate" only due to elevation. Some areas didn't seem to be accessible by dogs. Overall nice cardio !

on Gertrude's Nose Trail

hiking
5 days ago

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

Well marked and is difficult after the first 2 miles. Be prepared for scambling and steps. I did this after the rain and the scrambling was very hard and slippery. Beautiful views.

5 days ago

Some of the most gorgeous views ever- majestic!!!

not hard but tricky. finished the loop with 3 other people, 1 who has never hiked before. enjoyed it immensely though. Calves were a little achy the day after climbing the grand staircase and the boulders. but nothing insane if you have some level of fitness.

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.

Very pleasant 2.5 miles hike on a large carriage road. in different points, get out of the main road and get to beautiful view points.

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.

Great trail with awesome views!
Challenging in the beginning going to the right of the loop, but nothing too crazy.
Lots of parents with kids, so you can do it!
Infinitely less crowded than Brackneck (at least the day I went), which is a plus

hiking
13 days ago

This is a way above average trail loop. One half of the distance is along a fairly basic gravel road but even that part had water features and views and geology to look at. We did the more boring gravel road part first then came back on the Rainbow Falls and Mossy Glen trails on the way back. There were some seriously interesting obstacles (giant rock drop offs etc) to navigate on the Rainbow Falls trail but they are appropriate for a moderate hike in proper footwear.

Very highly recommended. A nice save from our original plans which were in the Mohonk Preserve which has the nerve to charge 15 dollars PER HIKER to go into their land. I'm sure it's a lovely place but that's a very luxurious asking price for a hike.

Super easy trail-good for families with children and older folk. Beautiful views of the lake!

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!

hiking
19 days ago

This is a great trail that combines waterfalls with incredible views on ledges (as part of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail). I took Jenny Lane to Rainbow Falls until just after Litchfield Ledge and went back down to Upper Awosting. Had to go down in elevation before I could make it to Castle Point Carriage Road because thunder clouds rolled in and my hair was standing up and trek pole was humming (be aware there's no shelter on a few parts of this trail as you'll be walking along exposed ridges).

Wouldn't recommend bringing dogs on this one, there's a few rock scrambles that I can't see any dogs navigate, you'd probably have to somehow hoist and carry them. There's also one section that is very narrow and steep as you descend to the source of Rainbow Falls and you'll need to cling to rock and trees. When the rains are heavy some of the paths will get washed out and the streams and falls become very hard to navigate. When it's dry the falls become a bit anemic. If you don't mind the effort go when it's been raining a lot for the best views.

hiking
20 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.

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

hiking
21 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).

Well-maintained easy quick loop with lots of old growth forest and some cute bridges. Easy hike.

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!!

Great time

This trail is definitely hard but I’m 17 and smoke so don’t take my word for it. I was able to complete this with 2 other friends who are almost as inexperienced as me, and I did it in my Jordan’s. So if you got the heart to do this trail, do it. It will be worth your time and will really beat your ass.

We hiked this on July 4th. It wasn't too busy. The falls we're beautiful. The path was very well marked. We took Mossy Glen to Blueberry Hill to Jenny Lane and then got on the Rainbow Falls trail. On the way back we took a carriage road.

trail running
27 days ago

Beautiful trail, many nice views. But way to many trail markers. I kept getting lost

I’m a little confused by the different Palisades trails - we definitely did this one but our trackers said 5.5 miles, not the 3.7 indicated. It was tough. A day later my thighs are still burning. The rocks were fun and challenging but the ascents (multiple) were very hard.

This was much harder than I expected. Being a novice and somewhat out of shape, it needed a lot of exertion and a degree of balance.

The first part going north from the visitor center / cafe (fully stocked), you go down the cliff with moderate exertion and get to a beautiful waterfall emptying into the Hudson. At this point, I advise the beginner hiker to turn around and go back up. Because the next part, south along the Hudson, is hard. And it’s not really that technically demanding but you are taken over rock pile after rock pile, think what’s left after a rock slide and it seems ENDLESS. I was asking a higher power to please stop and turn back up the cliff.

When that part ended, it was a very pleasant stroll along a packed earth path next to the river and a steep but manageable climb back up the cliff.

Total time of 3.5 hours including a snack break.

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