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The Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a 22,275-acre preserve located on the Shawangunk Ridge in Ulster County, New York, five miles (8.0 km) west of New York State Route 299. The park features scenic overlooks of the nearby Catskill Mountains, and is a great place for for picnicking with beautiful views of the Catskills, hitting up the hiking trails, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, and also has swimming areas with the possibility of scuba diving!

Super easy especially with a baby. Great views mostly shaded with trees which is nice when there are no clouds in the sky.

I am 63. With a new hip. This was a terrific hike and a wonderful challenge for me. I went with my 12 year old son. The rock scrambling was short but as challenging as I want. After the falls was more difficult than the first part of the loop. The descent after the second scramble was difficult but rewarding. There were several descents and climbs and wonderful views. My 12 year old seemed half mountain goat and loved it. He was tired as well. I am slow so it took 6.5 hours including a 45 minute lunch break at the base of the falls. We even out ran a thunder storm! A great day!

Easy walk. I had my 9yo and 3yo kids with me. They loved it. Views from the top are beautiful. Went to the overlook and back the way we came.

hiking
12 days ago

Love this trail!!! It is not very hard, but my boyfriend and I were hiking in the rain and some parts of the trail got very slippery. The rocks can get pretty polished so we need to be extra careful. The views are amazing and there are diverse landscapes and plantations.

Excellent views, really easy trail. Cost $10 per car to get in.

Fantastic trail! I would not rate it as hard, but rather moderate. There are some parts that are more challenging, but I was expecting a lot worse from the other reviews. Most of the trail is on the cliff side, so if you’re afraid of heights, it might be a little nerve wracking but the views are incredible and totally worth the hike!

Beautiful hike that offers a little of everything; small scrambles, waterfalls, views, footpaths. Perfect challenge to all levels.

great trails but worth noting you can't drive to the ice caves trail head so you are really doing a 3ish mile 2 hour hike

It is a very pretty hike, but this is more like a skiing trail that can also be hiked (when theres no snow), 90% graveled trails, not difficult at all, the only difficult part is the distance, other than that, the trail is easy and with very little elevation gain, does have a nice seasonal beach that can only be hiked to, I imagine it gets packed though in the summer

Nice walk. Highly recommend to visit the waterfalls nearby

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun and scenic trail. Hiking along Peters Kill was nice as was the falls. There still chunks of snow in places which was neat. The rock scramble was short but getting under those falls was absolutely worth it. Take the short junt down to Lake Awosting if you have the time as well. Our course was basically Mossly Glen to Blue Berry Run to Rainbow falls to a quick side trip to Lake Awosting and then the Carriage way home.

hiking
1 month ago

Accurately rated as moderate, but as much a fun challenge as a harder trail. We took the Mossy Glen to Blueberry run to Rainbow Falls, and added the .4 sidetrack to Lake Awosting, taking the carriage road back. Great views, the falls were beautiful, and albeit small, the scramble was fun. I'm a fan of longer and more difficult trails, but for a moderate it was definitely worth it. Water proof shoes a plus.

hiking
1 month ago

Spring is always the best time to see these falls as they get real thin as summer rolls around.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great waterfall. A little disappointing when looking at the map there though. They had 3 waterfalls included in this hike. It appears the other two were on the other side of the road, which you couldn't get to. Still all in all the waterfall was very nice and a quick to get to.

on Rainbow Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This place is absolutely beautiful! The falls we're nothing short of awesome. Very nice hike with lots of beautiful terrain. The trail follows the water and keeps switching back from from woods to water. A nice amount of rock scrambles which was very fun. Gorgeous views of Catskills. It was a nice surprise to see some snow and ice in some areas as well. All in all this was a mildly moderate hike full of a whole bunch of awesomeness!

hiking
1 month ago

A lot of carriage roads but the Gertrude's Nose trail makes up for it. Awosting Falls running pretty good.

walking
1 month ago

Family friendly with paved trails; muddy and snowy at times during a late March stroll.

walking
1 month ago

Family friendly, pedestrian heavy trail and lots of dogs. Late March stroll resulted in a few snowy patches.

Beautiful, well established trail - there was a bit of slippery snowy slush that hadn’t melted yet, but totally doable in hiking shoes. We brought our dog and we ran into plenty of fellow pups.

on Compass Rock

1 month ago

Beautiful views all along the trail with some spectacular panoramas

hiking
1 month ago

There are a lot of amazing views on this hike as the trail hugs the edge of the cliff for a good portion. The elevation changes are spaced out well and strenuous at a few points. Overall, the payoff is definitely in the hikers' favor. Once the views are all thoroughly enjoyed, the return trip through the forest is also very nice. I did this hike with a good amount of snow on the ground, I imagine this will be much easier once the snow melts.

Man this was worth the 1hr drive. Looking forward to go back once the weather gets better. If you’re from westchester looking for some very pretty views, Minnewaska has a lot to offer. Make sure you go on the Blueberry Run path. Photos do not do this place justice.

Long but flat woods road most of the way up. Didn't go further up than Lake Awosting, but swung by Rainbow Falls. Views from the top are great.

Harder than moderate

Easy and nice views

Easy loop with beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Currently about 2 feet of snow on the nose trail. Hiked here through millbrook mountain from the west traps there was only a covering of snow everywhere else. But, once you hit the Gertrude’s nose trail it is rough if you’re not used to the snow. Still, beautiful views and an exhilarating hike although if not experienced I would say wait out the snow.

Closed for hiking, skiing only.

Great views of the Catskills. Breathtaking lake only 90 miles from the busiest city in the world. Great escape, highly recommend

Go day after it rains.

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