North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop

MODERATE 291 reviews

North Rim and South Rim Red Trail Loop is a 5.4 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
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

Beautiful streams, step falls and 2 tall waterfalls. 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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2 days ago

This was a great half day hike. We didn't walk super fast and had the pup with us. Some rooty but great trails. Did the full north/south loop. Disappointing part was no water

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11 days ago

I followed the blue trail. Could hear the waterfall, but wasn't able to climb the stairs.

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12 days ago

Nice trail. Many different ways to hike. No water in the falls but the scenery was beautiful.

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17 days ago

the trail was beautiful but very hard to keep track of the markers. I wouldn't do this again bc of that.

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22 days ago

After reading many reviews on the hike, I had to go see for myself! My boyfriend and I went today, following the red trail to the waterfalls. Parked at the Mariaville parking lot and took about 5 minutes to get to the first falls! Absolutely beautiful with the river being dried up. (There was no actual waterfall) continued onto the trail to the next waterfall, 5-10 min walk. Also dried up but took beautiful pics. Since that was quick we hiked the yellow trail from there. Super easy to follow. Marked everywhere despite any other review- u can't miss the markers/signs. All together great hike, not muddy today, and 1 and half adventure.

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24 days ago

Very good trail. Some steep parts, but all doable. Along most of the trail, there are a lot of geocaches! Went in August; sadly, the waterfalls aren't very active because there isn't much rain. Would recommend going in the spring after the snow melts. Yet, it was still very fun. The one good thing about going in August is that you don't need to cross through water.

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