Mount Rutsen Loop

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Mount Rutsen Loop is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rhinebeck, 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 October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles
187 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Head north on the Taconic State Parkway and get off at the exit for Route 199. Drive 3.7 miles and pick up Route 308 heading straight instead of bearing right. Drive 6.3 miles into the village of Rhinebeck, then turn right onto Route 9. Drive north and turn left onto Montgomery Street just before Northern Dutchess hospital. Drive another 0.6 of a mile and bear left at the fork onto Mount Rutsen Road. Continue driving 1.1 miles and turn left into the park entrance at the pull-off.

3 months ago

Nice trail. Undulating Hills that are just difficult enough to get your heart rate up a bit. Fire tower has steep narrow steel steps. Don’t look down!

Great views from top of tower!

3 months ago

Very cool fire tower I videoed my walk using AllTrails and posted it on YouTube. Https://

4 months ago

Great hike the view is amazing

4 months ago

Super quick to do the yellow loop to the fire tower (which you must climb cuz the views are stunning). Not much of a workout but fun and well-marked!

5 months ago

The red markers weren't placed and positioned to well.

5 months ago

Easy hike with a great view from the tower

5 months ago

Super easy hike but reward with a great view on top of the Fire tower

7 months ago

Decent for jogging, worth a trip to climb the fire tower

8 months ago

it was well labeled and easy to complete several of the trails even with my little guys

8 months ago

Climbing the tower is worth the view. Just be careful of the Bagel trail, I got lost and had to walk the whole perimeter of the forest. Otherwise it is a pleasurable forest with fun windy easy trails.

Monday, September 19, 2016

This is a pretty flat easy trail. The view from the fire tower is beautiful. I saw an eagle flying over the fields below. At one point it became pretty buggy, but it was a warm muggy day.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Fire tower makes this walk really fun. Took about 15 minutes to get to fire tower on a nice forest path. Remainder of walk took about 30 minutes. Trail got a bit narrow towards end of loop so that it was a little bothersome to have my dog on a leash.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Nice easy walk to the tower with an awesome view recommend this for family fun kid friendly

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I love the fire tower views, but this spot is beyond buggy, every single time I've gone. This is with good bug spray too!

Monday, June 06, 2016

A little buggy, but a nice walk to the fire tower. The markers for the green trail are sparse...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nice relaxing hike. Alot of people though but it was a Sunday. Fire tower was pretty cool. Trails were all well maintained and well marked.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

A really great little area. A quick hike nets access to the firetower that is open and affords some beautiful views. We followed some of the mtn bike trails back, adding distance and slightly more technical hiking.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

There are a number of poorly marked trails in the preserve, but it is tough to get lost in such a small area. The view from the fire tower is nice, but it is the only vantage point in the preserve allowing for a view above the foliage.

Monday, July 13, 2015

It was beautiful. I would bring some mosquito spray next time though.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A 10 minute walk in the woods that lead to a super awesome fire~tower. The inside of the fire tower is very imaginatively decorated by (what I'm guessing are the college students close by) that also like spending time there. It has a very cozy feeling to it and a very beautiful view of the hudson river, poet's walk, and the areas surrounding it. We sat inside and waited for the sunset and watched in awe as the clouds became color splashed with different intensities of pinks and purples.
It's a super easy hike! So easy that I want to take my grandparents along next time to show them around the area that we live in now.

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