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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.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 679 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Over grown

Snow

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Waypoints (7)
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Note: Due to COVID-19, Gorge and Rim Trail are available in one direction only, Ascend on Rim Trail, Descend on Gorge Trail.

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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Reviews (467)
Photos (714)
Recordings (359)
Completed (1205)
Jenna Tan
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Hiking

Easy for the beginners

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Gopini Lama
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Josh Shaw
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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.

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Crosby Woods
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Hiking

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

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Jory Pryor
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Hiking

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

Jessica Fritschi
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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.

Tammy C.
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Hiking

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.

Michael Rice
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Myrnalis Lopez
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Hiking

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

Lindsey Duhamel
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nicole s.
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Hiking

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

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Inspirational Hiking
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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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Tasha Demlein
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Ice-mud-snow-waterfalls-closed trails and lots of highs

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Ashley Bub
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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

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william geer
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HikingBridge out
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Brian Kloss
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HikingBridge out

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.

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Anthony Chapman
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Hayne Gersbach
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Hiking

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.

Robin Seiler
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HikingBridge out

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

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