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Lake Treman Loop via Gorge, Bear, and Rim Trail

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Buttermilk Falls State Park

Lake Treman Loop via Gorge, Bear, and Rim Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ithaca, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 679 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

over grown

snow

PLEASE NOTE: The Gorge Trail is closed during the winter season. The east side of the Lake Treman Trail is also closed. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/buttermilkfalls/details.aspx Camping available at adjoining campground.

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bugs
17 days ago

A pleasant not too challenging hike. Due to coronavirus you are told to star via gorge train and come down the rim trail. The rim trail was a nicer hike and had a nice stone observation area. We went off the observation area into the falls and stream in the gorge. This trail also has quite a few moments on paved roads or carriage trails.

Excellent loop. The bear and lake trails are usually uncrowded and there are scenic views, especially on the lake trail.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful area, but the lake is really low today, and the bridge at the end is washed out.

Sad that gorge trail was closed, but still did hike via rim up and down again. No bug bites! Last time I did this hike was in July and we were eaten alive! Great hike with the dog and two teenagers. lots of places to stop by the water and cool off when needed. Sometimes hard to distance when the path became narrow, but not too many tight spots and people very respectful of space. Can't wait for gorge to be opened again - its so lovely to climb right next to the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome day! The trail was beautiful. We were surprised to see how many people were out on the trail. So refreshing to see people getting a relief from being quarenteed. A lot of dogs and a couple of snakes were also observed. Muddy spots were only sporadic and not troublesome.

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bugs
closed
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Always in the mood for some falls! Gorge trail closed but still a good hike.

recorded Recording - Apr 04, 09:41 AM

hiking
3 months ago

only did half. the trial was closed and the Park Rangers were out

Gorge trail is closed, and is still visibly icy up the trail. We did Rim Trail & park road.. nothing spectacular, just a walk.

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bridge out
closed
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Ice-mud-snow-waterfalls-closed trails and lots of highs

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bridge out
muddy
5 months ago

Bridge out, can still get around it. Gorge trail closed so you sort of have to come back the way you came but nice overall trail

I did the full trail. By the lake there is a “bridge out” but you can still cross it if nimble. Going up the gorge side is best near the waterfalls. This was a lovely hike, uphill the way up and downhill was pretty quick on the way back to the car. Very nice place.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a fun hike. Signs are posted that the bridge is out on the lake trail but you can still cross the bridge it’s just covers in brush and missing an end section. Was able to cross without a problem.

Beautiful trail with amazing waterfalls and water flow. The bridge at the end of the lake is out but it is passable.

hiking
10 months ago

One of our favorite hikes in the Finger Lakes area. A bit harder, but takes the cake over Watkins Glen!

hiking
10 months ago

Got to the trail early (8AM) and definitely avoided any crowds. We passed a few people on the gorge trail, but mostly it was incredibly serene. We parked at the lower park area and went up the gorge trail, down the rim trail. This was an amazing hike, full of lots of different kinds of nature’s beauty. There are many very steep climbs and stairs, so it was a workout for sure, but it was absolutely worth it.

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