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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!

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.

This trail is not accessible to hikers during skiing season. Still giving 4 stars because it looks awesome and I will be back when the snow melts!

I would give this hike 5 stars if it wasn’t so busy. IT’S TOO CROWDED! (On Saturday morning we barely could find any parking in few miles radius) Views are amazing, but asian tourist groups blasting music trough speakers were ruining our experience. Dogs without leashes shouldn’t be allowed at this trail, but there there at least 3 dogs running freely. My advice would be DON’T GO THERE ON THE WEEKEND! (Unless you like crowds)

24 days ago

Loved the trail. The mellow carriage road towards the end was just what we needed. The falls and surrounding ice was beautiful. Recommend using spikes of some sort as it was icy in some parts. Just a bit of reassurance on the slippery parts.

29 days ago

This was my first visit to Minnewaska. The hike was not strenuous, but was hindered a bit by a lot of ice. The ice added some challenge which I enjoyed. Rainbow Falls, frozen, is an amazing sight and the view of the Catskills is worth the trip.

I'd say this is an easy trail. It's a nice view from the overlook but the ice caves are the coolest part. Since it's easy, it's going to be more crowded. There's also a fee.

Beautiful hike. easy hike around the lake. good traction is recommended in some part of the trail in winter.

Easy loop with well maintained trails and nice views.

Did this loop in late January 2018. Trail was pretty icy, I’d recommend bringing spikes. They’re not needed most of the time, but some sections were long stretches of thick ice over rock, particularly at the base of the falls.
The trail was beautiful, with a number of vistas along the way and had a great mix of terrain for moderate hiking. Almost no people too, which was a bonus in this popular park. There were a few sections that really needed some maintenance, but I attribute that to the extreme winds we had a few weeks ago. This hike takes you past the bottom of the falls and then up and over them. Getting both perspectives was very nice.
Would highly recommend this one.

Skied this yesterday. Mostly flat, though there are a few gentle hills. Amazing views.

2 months ago

I hiked this trail back in August with my brother and parents and was awesome! It had many great views and the overall experience was great. The trails were marked very clearly, weather conditions were perfect and bugs were not an issue.

I wouldn’t rate it as “hard” but it’s a nice hike. Some views and cool rocks....

2 months ago

*****This is closed when there's snow on the ground for skiing.***
learned that the hardway!

One of the more boring and uneventful trails I've been on. 10 bucks to park and go there and the loop is so lame. You're literally walking on a service road to/from radio towers. Save the money. Not worth the trip. At least I had a pretty girl to look at on the way.

Beautiful trail, I am in love with this place.

a completely worth it trip would do it again in a heart beat. great views and lots of mix types of terrains. reccomend wear good shoes. 10/10!

3 months ago

Great hike on an absolutely gorgeous day. Pretty easy trail...not too much traffic. Highly recommended

Great trail with some spectacular viewpoints. Moderate to low usage, so you will have a good portion of the trail all to yourselves.

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day, 10 stars.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Probably my favorite hike in the Catskill region. Starts off a bit crowded on the Minnewaska State Park side but by the time you climb the McCullock Mt., the people start to thin out. The walk on the ridge is awesome, with numerous rock cutouts with great views. The back side walk avoids a lot of up and down and has great internal views of the ridges. Some parts are pretty steep up and down so not for the faint of heart. Great time.

I hiked this trail back in January of 2016. It was one of the tougher ones I did when I first started hiking regularly. Its pretty rocky and can be a bit of a slog but it’s beautiful. I went a few days after a light snowfall so my trekking poles certainly came in handy. There’s also a gorgeous waterfall called Awosting Falls that’s beautiful to see if you have time to make your way to it.

very nice place

The ice caves are way cool.

on Gertrude's Nose Trail

4 months ago

An excellent hike if you're looking to spend a few hours. Not difficult from a terrain perspective; the challenge comes in properly pacing yourself and going with a group that will keep that pace. Other than that, I love this hike and will do it again for sure!

4 months ago

Fun hike with great views. Park in upper lot, bring snacks and water and you’re good to go.

Loved this hike. Took the Yellow trail to the blue. Turned right on the carriage road and then onto the orange (Rainbow falls) trail. There was a long walk back on the carriage road, but it was a great hike and very peaceful.

Beautiful views. Nice trails, I altered it a little.

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