Gorge Trail to Bear Trail to Lake Treman Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ithaca, New York that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

29 days ago

Waterfall after waterfall after waterfall! The gorge trail delivers endless beauty. Our dog loved it too. Took the rim trail back which gave great sunset light through the trees. Overall great walk in in the park lots of majesty for minimal to moderate effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! I wouldn’t classify it as moderate closer to upper easy than moderate. However it was very beautiful the entire time! We started with the Rim Trail which merged into the Bear TrIl, then loops around the Lake and got back into the Gorge Trail. Took about 1 hour and 35 minutes or so. We had our dogs with us a long the way. There weren’t too many opportunities to let them off leash because of the occasional drops from the river or service roads but they still enjoyed their time.

2 months ago

WOW! the steps for buttermilk Falls up are pretty strenuous but definitely worth it. The whole gorge is made up of waterfall after waterfall cascades. I would say moderate/easy. I am four months pregnant and we were able to do the hike. We went a little slower than normal with some stops but it was absolutely do able. I did get stung by a yellow jacket so if you or someone your hiking with is allergic bring an epi pen.

hiking
2 months ago

A lovely hike that ended up being a little over 5 miles. Nicely maintained trails. A bit crowded in the beginning but it thins out eventually. The plethora of stairs provided a nice challenge.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful.

nature trips
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views!

3 months ago

Here for the Cayuga 50 with lots of great people. Beautiful area.

3 months ago

Love it here. Great hiking for dogs, even a separate swimming section for them in the large falls swimming area. Busy but not so crazy busy that it’s unenjoyable. Apparently you are not supposed to swim in any other area than the large designated area but we did and so were a lot of other people. It was super fun. Just be aware that you can be fined for it as we were told by a policewoman on the way out.

hiking
4 months ago

We liked this hike just fine. It does have several points where you are just walking along a road or through parking lots, which isn’t ideal when looking for a good nature experience. There’s lots of water features and a lot of fun places for kids. The biggest drawback is probably the number of other people on the same hike and in the same area.

hiking
4 months ago

Best maintained trail i've been on in a while. A little touristy and as it got later in the day it got more crowded, but not too terrible. A really great day hike & I'd highly reccomend.

hiking
5 months ago

Found a list of amazing parks in the US. Watkins Glen was on that..which spurred our trip to the Ithaca area. we then found several other great trails including this one. It is definitely moderate hike on both the Gorge side and Rim Trial. The elevation change is 450ft and it goes up pretty rapidly. There are a lot of stairs on the Gorge side and the Rim trail and pretty steep headed up or down. We did the Gorge trail past Pinnacle rock to the road and down the Rim trail. We would have done the whole trek if we had more time.

overall great and beautiful park and waterfalls.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls on the Gorge trail turn into a quiet and peaceful forest on the Bear trail. You can then continue around a serene lake and back to the Gorge or Rim trail. Awesome hike!

6 months ago

Was on my NY trail “bucket list” for awhile, went today and loved it.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a very popular and scenic falls with a large swimming area at the base of the falls.

hiking
6 months ago

This is one of my favorite gorges to hike. The only downside (as someone who likes hiking in peace) is that this location is a popular family spot in the summer time. It's absolutely gorgeous though!

7 months ago

The gorge trail is closed for the winter months.

hiking
7 months ago

If you start at the opposite end from Buttermilk, the trail is gorgeous and there are very few people.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail with good scenery.

hiking
8 months ago

I hiked this in winter. The water falls are so beautiful. The trails are perfect. We did the entire 4.6 mile look and stopped halfway at a picnic area to have a snack. If it is this pretty in the winter, I cant wait to come back in the spring. Oh, the rim trail was open, the gorge trail was not (due to ice) but the view we had were still spectacular!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail with no technical parts, wide open and simple to follow. Went in January and was still in good condition and easily hikeable until we got to the lake where it was icy.

hiking
11 months ago

Checked this one out in June of 2017. And this hike doesn’t disappoint! It’s beautiful and moderately well trafficked. Great for all ages. There’s a bit of stairs along the way which are a great way to enter the trail. Awesome views of the falls and rock formations, would definitely go again.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Easy beautiful hike. Fantastic waterfall

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

I had forgotten how beautiful this hike was. If you are looking for waterfalls this will definitely fit the bill. There are a lot of steps so there is a little bit of a workout. This was the third and final hike while I was down in Ithaca this past weekend, none of them disappointed. The way out on this one, going around the lake, and taking pictures on the damn on the way back down were definitely highlights. I can't wait to go camping down in Ithaca again and explore more of the area.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice hike with nice views. Decently trafficked on the lower sections, so not the best place for a private peaceful hike.

hiking
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gorge hike has numerous falls, steep stair climb at beginning of hike. Well worth the effort. $8 state park entrance fee per car

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

This is a good hike thru the gorge and views of waterfalls in the area. Well worth your time to try out.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Very good hike. The Gorge trail allows you to get close to several unique waterfalls. It begins with a few long-ish staircases, but the effort here is totally worth it. The Bear Trail is a quiet forested hike with some easy rolling hills. The Lake Treman loop is above the lakeside water level and has a few moderate hills and a couple long staircases. Nice wildflowers on both the Bear trail and the Lake Treman loop, but if you're pressed for time, the Gorge trail is not to be missed.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

This hike is very beautiful up and around the falls that eventually you can walk along the gorge. We had rain the last 2 miles but helped cool us off.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

First time for my fiance and I at the fingerlakes. Probably the best trail we went on for our time up here! The first stretch was difficult with the stairs but soo worth it!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Beautiful! Make sure you go all the way to the very top

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