North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop

MODERATE 457 reviews

North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop is a 5.3 mile heavily 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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bugs
over grown
21 hours ago

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favorite places to hike, especially after a good rain storm the day before. The hike itself is certainly not intense if you stay on the path however it can get a little dicey if you want to see the best views of the waterfalls. I’ve spent a lot of time at this location and brought many people, all of which seemed to love it. Definitely recommend.

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bugs
muddy
11 days ago

We went on this trail from the Coplon Rd entrance. We took a right and went all the way to the third (first on this map) falls we then cut up the hill to the Blue Loop and met up with the orange trail which was about a 1/4 mile from the entrance. Overall 5.5 miles. Trail was nice but the falls were a bit dry worth a little afternoon trip. We spent about 2.5 hours here. Bring bug spray! And make sure you don’t get off the trail it’s hard to navigate at times make sure you use your gps and this app and you’ll be all set!

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bugs
rocky
11 days ago

very nice moderate hike. the falls weren't running heavy, so this was more about the other views and scenery. The trails are very well marked and maintained. There were a few field crossings that were just a beaten path, but still very easy to follow. The black flies were plentiful and didn't care at all about my bug spray.

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muddy
12 days ago

We entered from Coplon Rd, which is a less-used entry point. We know that it is less-used, because the trails-- especially through the wildflower fields!!-- were nicely overgrown. A very steep gravely ascent of one of the hills, but otherwise good workout-type exertion. On a Saturday we encountered maybe 8 or 9 other people, which was OK. Gorgeous time to be in the wildflowers and ate some of the bear's raspberries, just heaven.

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over grown
13 days ago

Enjoyed hiking here, but as others have stated, very poorly marked trails. We ended up not being able to find our way back to the parking lot via the trails. Ended up coming out onto a farm with a long driveway out to a road just off of Mariaville Rd and walked back that way. Some trails extremely overgrown.

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over grown
scramble
21 days ago

This trail is poorly marked and has several steep slopes that would be difficult for older or unexperienced hikers. It was a beautiful area though and i may go again, I would probably rate this specific loop as hard.

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bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
24 days ago

Really nice trail, perfect one on a hot summer day as it was cool under the tree canopy, but still not muddy. Hiked the orange trail on the back way to avoid going down the steps with the exposed rebar, added a steep grade to a good hike. Definitely worth doing again as a nice hike close to the Albany/Schenectady/Amsterdam areas without having to travel too far!

Great trail, with a handful of nice, moderately challenging inclines and descents for some cardio. Beautiful, rooty paths. Buggy in parts, which is to be expected this time of year. Brush very overgrown where the trail crosses under the electric lines. Beautiful, but you’ll definitely want to use your bug repellant for ticks and mosquitos.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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bugs
1 month ago

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bugs
muddy
off trail
2 months 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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muddy
off trail
rocky
2 months 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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