Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road

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Diamond Notch Falls via Diamond Notch Road is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

Length4.0 miElevation gain1,387 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeRocky
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Isaac Josephson
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous (of course), but I’d forgotten how rocky the trail was. You definitely need to keep your eyes down for most of the hike. Waterproof footwear is a must.

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Cara La
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HikingIcy

Very pretty hike along a river. Waterfall at the end was beautiful. Lots of little streams and pretty views. Also lots of snow for April!

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Hannah V C
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HikingGreat!

The trail was in good condition, except for some parts that were a bit washed out from water and I would rate is as highly trafficked (saw at least 20 people). From where we parked on the road to the main waterfalls was more like 2.5 miles each way. I definitely recommend going until you at least see the bridge and waterfall, or you can even continue on after that. This was a great hike with peaceful views and sounds.

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Jan Plass
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Hiking

Awesome Spring Trail!

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d P
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Very muddy. Requires crossing a stream with higher than normal flow from snow melt. Waterproof hiking boots would be really useful. Snowy near the top. Still beautiful!

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Dillon Winegar
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Hiking

Found a men’s wedding ring on the path to the trail head and I’m pretty sure someone siphoned gas from my car while we were hiking. Parking at the trailhead was way further back than 500 feet like the local sign notes and past where the coordinates bring you in google maps. River crossing was a bit treacherous as the melting snow and rapids made the water levels and flow higher than you might see in the summer months. We turned back about half mile from the top as the entire trail was covered in snow and ice and we weren’t properly equipped.

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Mark Seketa
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Darya Temkina
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Alexandra Byer
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Hiking

Really difficult terrain due to the melting snow without snow shoes

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craig comperatore
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craig comperatore
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Backpacking

does anyone know if all the no parking signs that continue to pop up are even legal?

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Yulmp 2
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HikingBlowdownSnowWashed out

Parked at the bridge 1/21. Trail is washed out and lumpy until you cross the creek for the second time. Great after that. Microspikes and poles for safety.

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Tracy Little
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Erin Payne
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HikingIcy

Great winter hike. Beautiful. Very snowy and a few parts of total ice. Micro spikes a plus; you could probably figure it out with poles worst case. At the final bridge take the little red trail to left before the bridge. Allows a good view of the falls!

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Jesse Surprise
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

A couple hints before I get to the review. There are 2 parking areas. One is about 1/2 mile before the trail right after a bridge (about 4 spots). The other is right at the trailhead along a narrow one lane snow packed road (about 2 spots?). IMO take the extra steps and park after the bridge. They are only really needed in a couple spots, but I wouldn't do this without microspikes. Ran into 2 groups that had to turn around about halfway because of the ice. At the falls after the bridge, take a quick left and then a left downhill to a spot along the falls that is PERFECT for lunch/snack before heading back. You'll likely have it to yourself for quite a while. As for the review, I'm very much a journey hiker vs. a destination hiker. I'd take a fun hike with no views over a boring hike with an amazing view. This trail is a big exception to that. The falls at the end (especially if you have it to yourself) and the view at one spot on the way back are totally worth it. The trail itself is kind of boring for the first mile or so, but once you cross the stream it gets better. Easy to follow for the most part. Mostly packed snow. A couple very icy spots as noted earlier. A couple spots where the snow isn't packed and you may pothole a bit. Overall I very much liked this trail.

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Kaitlin Fibkins
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HikingGreat!IcyRockySnow

Very nice hike! Definitely a little difficult at some spots. I went today, snowy and very icy about a mile in but still accessible and beautiful! Only issue wa the parking.. had to drive up an extremely narrow one car road in order to find the entrance , wasn’t clearly marked and probably wouldn’t be able to do without a 4x4 car. There was parking about 1/2 mile away though but very limited lot of “no parking” signs but overall 5/5

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Amrita Patnaik
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HikingGreat!

This was a moderate but steady hike, pretty much a consistent incline the entire time. The little waterfall at the end is nice. It was beautiful after all the foliage fell so I'd love to come back at the peak of fall.

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Abeda Khanam
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Mountain bikingGreat!Rocky

Great hike! Path are marked well. The streams running beautifully. Rare sighting of ice near the water run off.

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Mariah Dignan
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Went with my two sisters and this was their first hike. They had a good experience saying it was steep at times and slippery with the water and rocks. Easy/Moderate for more experienced hikers.

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Dana Castiglione
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Beautiful hike! Definitely rocky & hard at times when it’s steep but worth the view at the end!

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