North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop

MODERATE 424 reviews

North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Schenectady, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 866 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

Beautiful streams, step falls and 2 tall waterfalls. It may require going off trail to view the falls. Forest views. Great top rope ice climbing in January-Feb. Plotter Kill Preserve is a nature preserve near Rotterdam, NY. The Plotter Kill, a tributary of the Mohawk River, flows through a very rugged gorge. The forest here contains a mix of hardwoods and confiers. There are three beautiful waterfalls. The Upper Falls is 60 feet; the Lower Falls and the Rynex Creek Falls are both 40 feet. Start on the red trail near the kiosk. Take the side trail (blue) which will take you to lookouts over the Upper and Lower falls. Continue on the red trail which crosses the Kill on a foot bridge. You will pass by the Upper and Lower falls. The trail goes down a switchback taking you to the top of the falls on the Rynex creek. Cross the creek here. If you have ample time, you can follow the red trail to the end of the preserve near the Thruway. There is a cascading waterfall there.

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3 days ago

Overall trail was in good condition. Well marked. Stream beds are dry this time of year. Easy multi hour hike with some steep terrain. Trail was slightly overgrown under the power lines. Would hike here again.

hiking
3 days ago

Great views. Two gorges, and two small waterfalls in July.

hiking
5 days ago

Didn’t hike entire trail. Terrain was good. Steep in areas, recommend a walking stick. Trails were poorly marked. We were able to tell we were on a trail but weren’t sure which trail. Ended up turning around and back tracking because we weren’t sure where we were. Not too buggy, only near riverbed. No waterfalls present as everything was dried up, including riverbed.

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bugs
10 days ago

Great hike but the mileage is way off! We had 7.5 miles from mariaville rd parking area and back.

hiking
10 days ago

good trail, but wildly Inaccurate mileage. this is 6.9 miles to and from the parking lot. very low water levels right now so the waterfalls are pretty weak. still a beautiful hike in the woods and way more challenging that it may seem from just looking at this.

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bugs
muddy
10 days ago

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bugs
18 days ago

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bugs
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1 month ago

To begin, the parking lot is very small and gets full quickly during the weekend. Trail head begins with a gravel coated path that spilts off to the red and blue trails. My partner and I accidentally wound up on the orange trail, which isn’t marked entirely wellwe really used the map on this app to help us out. Definitely going to stick to the actual trails next time! The trails do have some muddy areas closer to the creek and lots of rocky terrain. There are very steep areas throughout the trails. Bugs weren’t terrible at this time of the year; still use bug spray. Very enjoyable will come back again, most likely on a weekday.

Beautiful hike

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rocky
1 month ago

This place is a hidden gem. This place is also extremely underestimated! The elevation gain in certain areas are intense! I highly recommend leaving the kids and dogs at home for this trail! Although the views are breathtaking, there are very steep slopes where the falls are to a shallow rocky bottom. Was unable to do the entire loop because I had my little one with me, this was my first time here, and I will be back...WITHOUT my little one, to do the entire loop. The views are beautiful!

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bugs
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rocky
1 month ago

this trail is not to be underestimated some points are steep and slippery well worth the hike though

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Long loop. Beautiful scenery

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, took longer than anticipated, and we went in July during a period of no rain so the waterfall was dried up which was a little disappointing but still fun!

1 month ago

this is seriously underestimated! its 6.9 miles total look and nearly 5000 in elevation gain.. I'm going to do this again.. we timed at 4 hours and 12 minutes for the entire loop. bugs weren't all that bad, this is such a great hike and for those who are looking to condition.

hiking
1 month ago

The trails are misrepresented in the map. The green trail leading back to the Mariaville lot is not there! Some beautiful scenery, but as noted in other posts it is muddy and steep. Will be challenging for the casual hiker.

Beginning of trail was beautiful the rest was completely stupid no point of them extending that trail let people see the waterfalls and leave.

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rocky
2 months ago

2 months ago

fun local trails to explore. different everytime with the weather and conditions!

Had a great time on this trail! A little muddy in places but not bad overall. The waterfalls are my favorite part.

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muddy
2 months ago

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