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Gertrude's Nose Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gardiner, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 1,187 ft Route type Loop

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A beautiful trail with diverse terrain. The views from the south and east are breathtaking. Additionally, the rock outcroppings are truly spectacular. Allow for plenty of time to enjoy the views and pack enough water. Fee ($10) or the Empire Pass card ($80). Note: Dogs are allowed however dogs are not recommended for this trail due to its rocky paths and scrambles.

There are restrooms and informational signs at the trailhead.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve (845) 255-0752

Make sure to be back at your car before the park closes!

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Chachie Charish Param
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Hiking

Amazing View!!! I will go back again. Highly recommended

Esther Hsu
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HikingBugsFeeGreat!RockyScramble

Amazing but tough trail! Got lost twice, lost 45 minutes. There's a car fee of 10$.?make sure you park at the upper level minneswaka so you have to drive up a bit past the fee booth. Make sure you start on the left side of the lake! There's construction so it can be tricky, you start the path by the carriage trail where construction is. The first overlook is the best over the lake in my opinion, second is the panoramic view at the summit. Gertrudes nose was cool too, after the summit it becomes alot of scrambles, uphill climbs and downhill scrambles. Need good hiking shoes, twisted my ankles a few times and banged my toes too. Good footing is necessary. Walking sticks will be helpful. Started trail at 1230pm and finished trail around 6pm, alot longer than anticipated. But will do it again! Swimming hole at bottom of lake if you want to cool off after a strenuous workout. Thumbs up! Alot of people beginning of trail, then for the most part I was alone. :) enjoy!

Sky Centrello
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HikingGreat!

Easy hike great views

Tom Lai
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HikingGreat!

It is a interesting trail and have a very nice view at Gertrude’s nose. Also, the ice cave is cool too. We were expecting a 3.5 hours walk but used 4.5 hours instead

Stephen Fernandez
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Bernadette Mia
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HikingBugsRocky

Okay let me start off by saying the views were absolutely incredible! I did this hike yesterday with a friend and we are both experienced. I highly suggest if you’re trying to find the nose definitely park in the upper parking lot which is currently by a construction zone. You’re not gonna walk any further than you will during the hike. When you get there, start on the Millbrook MOUNTAIN trail which is yellow The switch from yellow to red (Gerts Nose) is so quick I didn’t even see the sign it was hidden. there’s going to be a sign with a Red Diamond saying Gertrudes nose take that right and follow the red markers. It’s extremely rocky and keep looking for the red markers because it’s insanely easy to get lost. This trail was gorgeous and worth getting lost but definitely giving it a few months before I go back

Laura Paddock
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Arianna R
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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Sammy Choetentsang
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Rock climbingGreat!
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Marie-Laure Mong
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HikingRockyScramble

Nice views on top. The second part is a very narrow path, you may want to start quite early to avoid crossing other hikers.

Mique J
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Gary Asencio
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Excellent!

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Owen E.
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Hiking

Best hike I have done in NY. Be prepared for sheer drops and not much cover from the sun. We all loved it and would highly recommend.

Ursula V.
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Hiking

What an absolutely,Amazing, beautiful hike this was. We went clockwise which got all the hills pretty much over with at the beginning. The views are spectacular. Will be definitely doing this again

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Klein Vergara
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Hiking

First thing’s first, make sure you park in the upper level parking lot to be close to the of start the millbrook trail. We did the millbrook trail then connected to the Gertrude’s Nose trail. The trail is challenging and definitely not meant to rush through if you’re running out of time and I suggest you bring hiking bring boots. Low cut sneakers will shake your ankles up. We finished the Gertrudes trail but we do recommend you only go half way and back through Milbrook if you are beginning to be worn out. The rest of the trail gets a bit extreme and will wear you out! I don’t recommend bringing kids, dogs who aren’t used to very steep and very rocky hikes and those who may have heart concerns, it just can be very exhausting. There was a midway point on the Gertrude trail that connected to the Milbrook trail. This seemed to be the end of the Milbrook trail where we got siked thinking, “finally flat land!” We had to continue the Gertrude trail. The reason I say that doing half or even a quarter way of the Gertrude trail is good enough is because most of the trail consists of the edge of the mountain which has amazing scenic views but this continues on between that edge trail and a narrow and sometimes very steep and rocky trail. All in all, if you come early and are in good shape for the day, it’s definitely worth doing the whole trail. It was beautiful and I definitely recommend it considering my tips. Oh, make sure you plan 4 hours of hiking time between rests (which we barely did) and that you make it back on time to your car or they will tow it!

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Chelsea Fawcett
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

This trail was beautiful! I think it is a little more on the harder moderate side. There were a few scrambles. We went on a super hot day and a good amount of the trail is directly in the sun so prepare for that! Bring a lot of water!! The line for the parking lot filled up super fast so we got there at 8:30 and waited on the car line near the main entrance, it went quick though! We weren’t up for the steep Millbrook Mountain Trail so we took the longer trail back. It does add about 2.5 more miles. We clocked at 10.5 total. Long day but worth it!!

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