Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail

EASY 161 reviews

Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kerhonkson, New York that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.0 miles
213 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


3 days ago

Closed for hiking, skiing only.

8 days ago

Great views of the Catskills. Breathtaking lake only 90 miles from the busiest city in the world. Great escape, highly recommend

1 month ago

Easy loop with well maintained trails and nice views.

4 months ago

Highly recommend this trail. Spectacular scenery all the way.It was an easy walk. Love it.

We biked the routes and enjoyed the views very much.

5 months ago


6 months ago

Very quick, however beautiful.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Great trail for walking / hiking. Easy and scenic. There is a $10 entry fee so it pays to have an empire pass if you will be visiting often.

8 months ago

Great hike....

trail running
8 months ago

Great time, jogging was fantastic. Would do it again.

8 months ago

Came here with friends when the trails were icy so the hike was more challenging than we expected

10 months ago

Nice trail to introduce a person to hiking at Minnewaska. Views of lake, rock ledges, and panoramic view of Hudson valley but not too difficult or too long.

11 months ago

A beautiful place to clear the head! Beautiful Vistas. Make sure you venture out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

nice scenery, good hike around lake with many other good hiking trails too. $10 to get into park was a lil too much; $5 would be a good compromise

Monday, December 05, 2016

This trail is a nice stroll with a few uphill parts. There are several spots to see beautiful views of the Hudson Valley and Catskills.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The views are amazing!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Amazing views, easy hike great in all seasons!

Monday, October 24, 2016

wonderful views

Saturday, October 22, 2016

beautiful waterfall you can stand behind
a lovely place

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

very easy, very mellow, minimal grade - took it begin and end Gertrude's Nose Loop - nice views of Lake Minnewaska.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Easy... But a quaint, peaceful, uplifting hike... Always an enjoyable hike

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Very mellow hike and great for all levels. Impeccably maintained trails (almost too done up for me as I like a little ruggedness!) and gorgeous views with multiple swim spots. My only big problem was the sheer popularity of the trail. I'm always seeking a little solitary time on the trail and wasn't fully prepared for how crowded it would be! I recommend going late or early in the day or spring/fall.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Super easy hike around a lovely wooded swimming pond. The trail is a nicely graded and well maintained carriage road. There are lots of little overlooks onto the pond from the trail around it. The pond has a life guard and apparently harmless little leaches.

The main drawback is that it's pretty crowded. The closer of the two parking lots was already filled by the time we arrived at 11 am, so we had to park at the lower lot another mile or so away. Lots of people picnicking and barbequing by the upper parking area.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Very exciting trail. Plenty to see and do! Many trails linking around the main trail (around the lake) each with many beautiful scenic sights! I will definitely be coming back to this trail to conquer the 8 mile trails! Lots of picnics and events going on. Great, fun day!

trail running
Sunday, June 05, 2016

I walk/run this trail often, most of the time with my dog. It is a carriage road. More of a walk than a hike. Nice views especially during foliage season.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Absolutely amazing the trails were maintained by friendly and knowledgeable employees. We are definitely returning 4 other hiking trails!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Nice easy trail. A few very pretty views of the lake. The mosquitos were AWFUL close to the water

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easy 2 mile hike around the lake. There were many opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery!

paddle sports
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I loved the leeches when I went swimming

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