Easy trail , beautiful views

hiking
4 days ago

We did this route counter-clockwise, starting on the Lower Awosting carriage road and decided to do the extra 4-ish miles to Lake Awosting and around the lake. Glad we did, the lake was beautiful and worth another trip back to go swimming. Great views and a good place for lunch. Walking on the groomed carriage road was a nice warmup for the Rainbow Falls trail (though I can see why some hikers would say it’s boring). A few scrambles on the RF trail, as others have pointed out, but they were fun, nothing scary. We enjoyed the second half of the route more than the first, being inside the forest and weaving around Peters Kill on the Mossy Glen trail, but overall we had a great day. Passed a number of people around the lake and on the Mossy Glen trail, but Rainbow Falls was pretty quiet. I was impressed that everyone we passed had masks or face coverings ready to pull up when they passed other people. My Garmin tracked us at 10.9 miles total.

So great! though we had to wait almost 45min to get in due to social distancing guidelines. you can see the falls from the top and then walk around to the base of the falls. highly recommend. all ages

Super easy walk to get the falls. Last visit in 2016 the stream had more water and ran cleaner. Now June 2020, the stream water flow has decreased and not as clean/clear. Mucky in spots with massive tadpoles filled side pools down stream from falls.

I would suggest only mountain biking but to each it’s own. Hiking is my next visit loved it staff are very welcoming. View is amazing there’s a $10 fee

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fee
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Killer hike, so glad we did it. Missed the Gertrude’s Nose split so doubled back which added a couple of miles so keep your eyes peeled for that. Tons of beautiful views and places to sit and soak it all in.

Nice ride uphill to Lake Awosting on gravel road. Swam. Road back downhill. Plenty of places to go off main trail.

hiking
12 days ago

So the falls and river walk were very nice. Saw some birds and amazing vegetation. However, there were a TON of people not wearing masks or practicing social distancing as the park requested. Also a ton of trash on the trail. Truly sad to see nature destroyed by inconsiderate humans who are incapable of being mindful.

Visually awesome - really awesome. However the trail was partially terrible - jagged rocks, roots and 2 feet wide (ankle breaker annoying). The rest of the walk was plain gravel road - so this gets 5 million stars for beauty but zero for the walk/hike.

I love this place unfortunately the park is littered with tp the restrooms are closed and it seems like everyone is using the park like it’s there person toilet on top of the usual pick-nick trash everywhere it wasn’t hard to find garbage ......

hiking
rocky
17 days ago

This was my first hike ever, nothing beats Minnewaska! Beautiful views every where you look!

hiking
fee
18 days ago

Nothing much to see except the river

This trail is easy with gorgeous views on easy trails and accessible. Good for hiking, swimming in the lake and if you have a boat, perfect

hiking
22 days ago

Nice little trail. We hit at the tail end of a longer hike, so it gave us a run for the money. We did only a portion from upper awosting to lower awosting - but the one section after the falls is a bit of scramble. Would have had more fun on it if not already spent + being an old man.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail, but if you have the time, definitely do the Getrude’s nose trail which overlaps with some of this. It is a longer trail but 100% worth the views you get are some of the best in the park.

hiking
24 days ago

I took the Lower Awosting carriage road to access the trail. The sign to mark this trail is missing so it’s hard to find. Be sure to look for the trail immediately to your left once you cross a small bridge over the creek. There are fun scrambles, and if you go this direction, be sure to keep turning around because there is a beautiful view behind you that you could easily miss. The path down is challenging and steep. There were a few spots that I think make it hard for dogs, especially smaller dogs - I helped someone carry their dog in a few places. But it is a beautiful trail. I also put in the extra .40 miles down to Lake Awosting, which I highly recommend. There is a 3 mile trail to hike around the lake, it looks pretty flat. Next time I will take my bike and ride down there, taking The UA path which is more scenic (park at the Lake Minnewaska parking lot for that path, wish I knew that!), lock it up and then hike around the beautiful sky lake!

Beautiful walk around the lake on a well maintained gravel path. Lots of opportunities to jump off trail for lake views or snack breaks. Great to do with kids.

hiking
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

Mixture of a wide carriage trail and a rugged narrow footpath. Fun day with good views.

Easy hiking trail to the water fall and the lake. Just enough incline to enjoy a hike and well marked paths so no confusion. Only issue was coming on a weekend and all parking lots were full, parking on the road was heavily ticketed. So many people, no one wearing masks. Other than that- beautiful views, beautiful water views and easy to moderate hiking experience.

Super nice trail, very easy ascent, amazing views, lots of places for picnic stops and a huge maintained lawn where children and dogs can run around!

Very Nice Trail , Moderate , wonderful view. Dog Friendly, and bike trails .

hiking
27 days ago

We saw a black bear, rattle snake, and dear! Great times

hiking
closed
27 days ago

Hi everyone :) Does anyone know if this trail is open and If there’s a waterfall you can swim in at the bottom ?

It’s a beautiful waterfall and fun stream to wander around. Wouldn’t call it a “hike” but a nicely kept walkway to take a walk and enjoy some fresh air. Came on a Friday at 930 when it was a little overcast and had the place to ourselves.

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