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Great starter if you are new to hiking. Waterfalls, caves, view, and snakes! Great.

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.

Nice trail. Great views!!! Some Rocky areas were harder/slippery and some trees have fall on the trail. Good variety of views and landscapes

Great hike with blueberries in July and a huge waterfall. can't wait for the fall colors to come. It is rather exposed so start early and bring extra water in the Summer.

Going counterclockwise is the shortest out and back option for the waterfall. if you continue to the high point, the view is nice, but not much better than Sam's Point. If you do reach the high point then your shortest way back is to continue forwards through areas overrun with flies. i imagine it has a better view for fall colors but I will try again in October.

cheapskate alert: parking is $10 and there is always a super long line for the bathroom.

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.

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.

First time back in twenty years and it was as exciting as I last remembered. The hike is pretty easy and the views are amazing.

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.

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!

The best hike I've found so far within a reasonable driving distance of NYC.

definitely bring cool weather clothes. we went in early fall and 2 hours back home it was warm and comfy. we got to park and it was windy and cold. beautiful trail and sites

Well, And all my 30 years of hiking I must say that the landscape was very unique and interesting.
The most important advice I would give you, is that there is no shade in this entire hike(except for the ice caves). The falls were indeed magical and endearing. I plan to go back in the spring when there’s more water activity. I witnessed plenty of people with improper footwear, and that would make the ice cave exploration quite precarious. just remember to bring sunblock or a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water, and a good pair of hiking shoes. It truly is a great hike!

It’s about 9 miles.

It is simply the best hike I have taken. The views are astonishing. Highly recommended.

Started by the parking lot of North Lake and took the loop trail to Artist's Rock, Sunset Rock, Newman's Ledge, North Point and Ashley Falls. We stopped several times for photos which tacked on an hour or two to our hike. My phone died on the way out so our recording is incomplete. We started out at 11am and it was extremely foggy. I actually didn't realize I parked next to the lake until we came down. it was so foggy I didn't see it or the signs. The first two look outs were all fog so not much to see. By the time we got to Newman's Ledge, the fog cleared and the view was gorgeous. Don't forget the bug spray. The mosquitoes were ruthless. The trail itself, aside from the look outs was beautiful. I never grew bored of the landscape. Beautiful trees, rock formations and different kinds of mushrooms throughout. I would do this trail again but would be better prepared next time.

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.

Beautiful place to be!

Awesome hike! North Point was in clouds when I went, so Newman's Ledge packed a huge punch - such an amazing view!! Will definitely be doing it again soon.

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

Love this hike. The first couple of miles aren't too exciting - you're gaining altitude and though it looks like there should be views, you never really get any until the Timp Trail hooks back and goes along a ridge overlooking the Hudson, with views across and down river. The real payoff comes later at The Timp and Bald Mountain. To get the views at The Timp you need to go beyond what the AllTrails route shows. Just follow the blue blazes up a little climb and you'll see views back to the Hudson, then the trail rises again and turns to the west. From there you have great views over the entirety of Harriman State Park, across to West Mountain where you can see the shelter, and over to Bear Mountain, with the Perkins Tower visible. Great great views and a perfect place to stop for a bite and some water. From there to Bald Mountain the path is not too strenuous. Just go straight at the cairn when you cross the 1777 Trail. From Baldie you have more great views of Bear Mountain, the Bear Mountain Bridge and the Hudson looking north. Heading back on the red dot Ramapo-Dunderberg Trail, just keep following the blazes. There are a couple of tricky places where woods roads cross, so check your location. There are some ups and downs on this part of the R-D, as well as a few more good views. Finally the red dot trail curls around and goes south. Keep following it to the split with the blue Timp trail then back to the parking area. Careful, the footing is a little tricky on the pile of castings left behind after the railroad was abandoned. I did 9+ miles including The Timp views.

Did this trail for the second time yesterday. Started late in the day so we didn’t get all the way to the falls, but went to the ice caves. Started the trail to the falls then realized when time it was so we turned around. Oops. :) I really enjoy Sams Point. Highly recommended!

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).

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!!

This is a goo place but I also find out a great park to barbecue pool next to the lake and a beautiful view kids can also play sport freely

I found the trail moderate my 6 year old nephew made the 8.2 mile loop with no problems just did not like the 2 mile road wish it was more like the trail past the falls

This was an amazing hike!!

The starting of the hike was kinda boring until I reached Patterson's pellet, after that the views were pretty good. This is a moderate difficulty hike.

Great trails, fun hike

We just completed this trail yesterday. It had rained recently and there was a small stream to walk through. This is an easy trail and well worth the trip. The views are beautiful, especially Sunset Rock. We later went to North Point with other stunning views.

Multiple peaks with short but steep climbs. The trail marking is HORRIBLE - we had to have our AllTrails map out the entire time. We took multiple wrong turns. I wouldn’t say to avoid this trail, just be cognizant of trail markers.

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