Indian Head and Rainbow Falls

MODERATE 72 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.

13 days ago

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

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17 days 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.

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1 month ago

Worth every second!!!!

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1 month ago

Great hike, worth every step for the views.

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1 month ago

Great ride on a fall day!

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2 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.

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2 months ago

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

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2 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!

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2 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

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2 months ago