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.

Length4.5 miElevation gain679 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingForestLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeOver grownSnow
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit https://parks.ny.gov/parks/buttermilkfalls/details.aspx

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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Veronica Vazquez
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Jordan Vogel
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The east Treman trail is closed, but it isnt marked as such from the South. Gorge trail is closed and dangerous.

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Kierstin Morse
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Abhay Singh
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R Lee
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Dan Scales
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One way trail rules going on for CV19.

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Sarah Louise
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Shawn Hanman
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Caitlin Hunter
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Marc Caccamise
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Afton Minavio
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Get there early in the morning on a weekday and you shouldn’t see too many other people. It’s infuriating to see people STILL not wearing masks and please say something to them if you feel comfortable doing so. Overall very peaceful and beautiful hike!

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Hunter Brink
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Super cool views with low hanging clouds. Very wet and muddy but nothing a good pair of hiking boots can’t handle

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Emily Chan
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Lots of uphill on this hike and not really too much to see in terms of views compared to other hikes in the area but overall a nice stroll through nature! Lake and falls are pretty dried up this time of year so I'd recommend going to Treman State Park instead if you're chasing falls

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Nicholas Martin
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Stephen Foley
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Very nice trail, especially once you get past all the people who only do the Gorge. Fall colors were beautiful. Water level was down due to the lack of rain.

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A H
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Great!

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Sylvia David-West
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Austin Lee
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Emily Steingart
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Nice 5.6 mile loop, took about 3 hrs. Rim trail is peaceful and steep, lake Treman is fairly empty but a nice quiet loop, the waterfalls along Gorges trail are so beautiful. More than a few hikers going the wrong way around the one-way loop, have a mask handy, but the foliage is great and a great half day hike

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Renee Bearman
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Nicely maintained. One way loop. Not too crowded on a Monday September morning. Great views.

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Lisa Everts
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late September the leaves haven't changed much, check the lake trail in the coming weeks for some gorgeous colors!

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Ashley McAllister
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Anthony Vlachos
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Beautiful, can’t wait to come back to see the falls streaming with water.

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Steven Chorma
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Lake pretty dry. Falls great

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Anne Madden
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Nice trail. Almost all of the elevation is in the first mile or so of this trail. The water levels are very low with the current drought situation but the Gorge Trail portion of the hike was still stunning while the rest was just ok. This would be gorgeous in springtime!

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Kelly Timney
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Very family friendly, however it was a bit crowded. Also due to COVID there was one designated direction up and one down.

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Vid Giambat
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