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Views are very nice. Hike is not very hard its more moderate. Pay attention to parking its easy to get on the wrong trail at the start and end of the hike. If you go clockwise on the trail its easy to miss Gertrude’s. nose. It’s nothing overly special but many go to look for it specifically. Was about 85 today and beautiful.

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.

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!

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

1 month ago

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

2 months ago

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)

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.

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

4 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.

4 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.

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!

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