Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road

MODERATE 55 reviews
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Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lanesville, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,387 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

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rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Was a nice hike with a moderate climb. We hiked it with a 6 month old in a carrier. Some places are pretty narrow on the edge of the hill. Would not recommend to anyone with fear of heights. Waterfall in the end of the hike is ok but nothing compared to Kaaterskills waterfall. On the highest point of the trail there is also a nice view to the mountains.

hiking
17 days ago

Steep at times with a long descent at the end to the waterfall - the best outlook is about 2/3 of the way up. Bits of rocky parts here and there so could get a bit slippery when wet. Total roundtrip with parking by the bridge instead of at the trailhead was 3 hours which included a long break and snack at the waterfall.

Beautiful scenery. The trail is mostly rocky, which causes it to be slick. Parking by the bridge adds two miles round trip, but it's an easy addition.

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bugs
1 month ago

some steep sections that could be difficult when wet, but overall quite lovely. some nice rocks for picnicking at the falls. Some parking at the trailhead, but with smaller cars easier to park at the bridge at the end of the road.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Pretty steep route with lots of rocks and bugs. More challenging than I anticipated

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

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bugs
2 months ago

we hiked this trail on a hot summers day and I won't lie the uphill climb was a little trying on a hot day but it was totally worth it given the bugs die out the higher you get and there are so many beautiful butterflies flying about. There are very few hikers on this path and a lot more trees - so if you like solitude and the shade and don't hike for view points but just beautiful nature then you will love this one. there was hardly any mud and the trail is very clear.

bugs
3 months ago

Not my favorite trail, but the waterfall is nice. Like others have mentioned, the water is quite cold. I brought a bathing suit but wish I hadn't. This is a mostly wooded trail with limited views other than the waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

First part of the trail along lovely mossy creek; there are a couple of pools perfect for a dip if you can handle the frigid waters!! We only did the 1.5 mile option, nice hike, we got a good little work out on the incline. The dog loved this trail

hiking
4 months ago

Trial is in good shape. The Notch is a nice hike. Shelter has water.

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muddy
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

Our family enjoyed this hike Easter Sunday. Due to recent heavy rains trail was wet, muddy and fun!

hiking
10 months ago

Made it with the kids to the fall. Definitely bring extra socks as there’s several muddy and wet patches on trail. Great fun day.

hiking
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

From Sprucetown, more easy moderate cuz of the rocky path, but otherwise super trail. Didn’t make it to the falls due to young children (3+), but as far as we got was great. Stopped where we could detour to stream, and was nice to dip toe before heading back.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Beautiful views fun waterfall access to more challenging trails and safe

hiking
Saturday, February 17, 2018

I only did a quick hike to the falls and a little beyond. The trail was icy and the falls were partly frozen.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Did just beginning when staying at the Sprucetown Inn, was looking for something easy with waterfalls-perfect as we just went to the lean-to & back. Waterfalls are gorgeous & you get the stream the whole way. Ascent moderate to the lean-to, river bed trail as one ascends with patches of clear forest trail.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A nice short hike. We went in from Spruceton Road and it took about an hour to the falls and back. Very, very rocky though!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Some beautiful sites along the way and a pretty waterfall at the end, but very rocky terrain.

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Nice hike. Not much in the way of views but some nice scenery.

hiking
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Nice combination of features on this hike. Flat horse access trail, waterfalls, lean-tos, streams, ridges, lookouts and more. I'd recommend making it a loop and connecting it with the Hunter Mtn firetower trail! It's about 8 miles total.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Great hike. It's a bit longer than the 2.9 miles as you have to walk a bit from the parking area which was about a 12 min walk. Beautiful trail with lots of streams at the beginning. Best view is about 3/4 way up by the avalanche area. Reward at the end isn't about the view but rather the (keep going past lean too) really pretty water falls. Did this hike in the spring and there was much less water at this time of year. Will do again, it's a great one! If your car can handle it you can drive up the rough road at the beginning and park a ways up.

hiking
Monday, August 20, 2012

The hike was awesome, and a little longer than marked for this trail. Total we ended up with 4.3 miles rather than 2.9. Getting to the trail head in a car can be a bit tricky, as the road isn't do great, and there isn't much in the way of signage. Also, I wouldn't consider this hike easy by any means. It's an incline most of the way to the falls and the path is very rocky. Lots of loose rocks and what have you. I would say that this hike could be considered moderate to demanding. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the hike very much, and the falls were gorgeous. If you are looking for the easy way to the falls, go to the trail head on Spruceton Road. It's 1.0 mile to the falls, and the path is much easier to hike for children. The Diamond Notch Road Trail head, is NOT recommended for children under 8 or 9 years old.

hiking
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Absolutely gorgeous but a bit dangerous as the rains from Irene last August left rock slides and unstable ground all along the escarpment. The nice walk promised became a completely different animal past the lean-to... thank goodness no bears although there was plenty of evidence they weren't far away! Catskill Mountaineering needs to update their overview of this hike!!!

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nice hike. Strenuous but worthwhile. Nice views of Hunter, especially from the summit. Nice leanto on the way up. Be prepared for freak weather. Got stuck in a freak hailstorm on the way down, making it treacherous but exciting. Be especially careful of the ravine on the way down. You will want to keep goimg on the escarpment while time permits.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2011

I could not find the Trail Head. Each side of the dirt road had no parking signs all the way up to the dead end. There is no sign for a trail head and no marker to indicate a trail.

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