Indian Head and Rainbow Falls

MODERATE 84 reviews

Indian Head and Rainbow Falls is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Keene, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
11.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2073 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

private property

no dogs

A great family hike. Park at St Huberts in Keene, follow Lake Rd from Ausable Club to Gill Brook trail. This pristine trail is dotted with waterfalls and great views. The destination, Indian Head, has amazing, iconic Adirondack views. It's a long but easy hike, no rock hopping or scrambles. Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

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2 months ago

outstanding views at summit. Trails well travelled. Spikes essential No need for snowshoes

4 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've done!!! Isn't the easiest but far from the hardest.

hiking
4 months ago

East River Trail is clear all the way up with the exception of a couple downed trees, but nothing that you can't walk around. No spikes needed until really the last few hundred meters of trail up to Indian Head. Beautiful trail and great view from the top.

6 months ago

Worth every second!!!!

6 months ago

Great hike, worth every step for the views.

6 months ago

Great ride on a fall day!

hiking
6 months ago

As another reviewer noted, this loop is closer to 12 miles. Beware that no dogs are allowed and this restriction is strictly enforced. The parking is across the highway from the Roaring Brook access to Giant Mt. and is at the southerly of the two junctions of Rt. 73 and Ausable Rd. (not "Ausable Club Rd.") On a busy weekend, you will likely have to park on the highway. From the parking area, walk 1/2-mile up the road past a golf course. Just before reaching he large clubhouse, turn left and down between two tennis courts to the gate house and trail register.

6 months ago

Long hike, but the view at the top was unbelievably worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a very easy and beautiful hike. It's about 12 miles long but 3 of those miles are just on a dirt road. Easy in and out but so worth it for the glorious views!

hiking
6 months ago

Instead of coming back through the road, we went through east branch and met bees (got stung, so be careful), still nicer than walking with cars, so I would suggest to change a bit the suggested itinary to avoid a little more having to step aside every few minutes to let car pass. It is really worth it to go to the rainbow falls, that place is beautiful with all the green. Pretty easy hike so even if it's long, could be done by unexperienced hikers

6 months ago

Nice easy hike with most of it being a road. Took my husband and I about 5 hours with a 45 min break at Indian Head.

7 months ago

Fantastic!!

hiking
7 months ago

awesome day climb. 5 hours round trip with the summit/iconic view right at the halfway mark. parking was easy to find thanks to the app. half a mile easy walk up past a beauty golf course, through a gate and onto the trails which there are tons of. walk about 20 minutes until you see the signs for indian head/gill brook trail which is a hard little climb up along the waterfalls/creek for about 2 hours. apparently we could have taken the easy walk up down the huge main trail (while dodging a random bus every half hour) but the gill brooks trail was fun so we were happy to do it that way.

wish the trail was marked a little better, a few spots got confusing. also there was no distance noted on any of the signs so we had no clue how much further we had to walk at any point. no dogs/bikes allowed. yay for the adk!

hiking
7 months ago

Researched for hours and selected this hike for my first in the Adirondacks - well worth it!! It was incredible and we actually enjoyed it more than our high peak hike the next day :) We skipped Rainbow Falls and just did an out-and-back to Indian Head (~9.6 miles).

Trailhead - across the street from Roaring Brook Falls Trail so would plug that into your GPS

Trail - starts with 3 miles on road (paved near golf course, then dirt once you enter park), then take Gill Brooks Trail (dotted with waterfalls!) and follow signs for Indian Head. Skip the "Outlook 75 ft sign" and keep going (even when it dips downhill - confused us) to end up at the stunning view.

hiking
7 months ago

Arguably the most iconic view inside the Blue Line. A long hike but not very difficult. Lots to see and hear along the way. Amazing in the fall.

8 months ago

Magnifique randonnée dans les bois d'abord, longeant la rivière (sortir du sentier principal, vers la droite). Il y a une belle cascade proche de l'ascension. La vue est superbe. Excellent rapport effort/plaisir des yeux. Autorisée au chien (tenus en laisse)

hiking
8 months ago

Done this mountain in the fall, winter, and summer and it's beautiful every time. One of my favorites and very much worth while. Be sure to take the scenic route for more beauty!

hiking
8 months ago

Because of the recent rains, some parts of the trail are swampy- be warned. Apart from that, the trail has a great combination of flat, slightly uneven, and very steep terrain that makes it a fun experience to climb! The view from the top of Indian Head Mountain is absolutely stunning as well. I totally recommend it to anyone who has good joints and is looking for great scenery!

hiking
8 months ago

Mostly a low intensity hike. Took about four hours round trip but we stopped at the top for about 30 minutes to enjoy the view. Most of the hike is flat until the last 30 minutes where the vertical climb becomes more prevalent. If you're looking for a hike with a view that makes the climb and time worth it this is the hike for you. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for great views and a relatively easy hike.

8 months ago

The only hike I've ever been on that I will do again and again. I love it.

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8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

loved it

hiking
9 months ago

It was gorgeous! Well worth it the mud and length of the hike! I was blown away by the views!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike and amazing view! Gill Brooks trail is very muddy in certain spots.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike with a breathtaking view. Indian Head was on the cover of Adirondack Life magazine, I had to see it for myself.

hiking
9 months ago

Was my first hike and it was a beautiful trail. The view is so pretty

hiking
9 months ago

Love this trail. Definitely coming back :)

hiking
9 months ago

A beautiful first hike in the Adirondacks

10 months ago

Worth the hype. The photos don't do this place justice.

hiking
10 months ago

One of my absolute favorite hikes.

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