Rainbow Falls Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kerhonkson, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
790 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Park in the lower parking lot and take the mossy glen trail (blue), which is almost an immediate left off the lower carriage road. ( corner of parking lot ). This trail hugs the peters kill for almost 2 miles. The water tumbles over so many rocks / boulders it's beautiful. Follow the blue trail left and up to the upper carriage road and made a right. Follow the carriage road for about a mile and look for the orange blaze on the right for rainbow falls trail heading downhill. (Easy to miss.. pay attention). Follow the trail for about a half mile to the base of the falls. Continue along the base of the falls following the orange markers UP the short rock scramble. Once at the top enjoy the view of the Catskills in the distance. WOW. Follow this trail to the lower carriage road and made a right which leads back to the parking lot in about 2 miles or so.

5 days ago

Great trail, lots of scenic viewpoints.

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14 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. Stunning views all the way around. Great find - check out the German restaurant right outside of the park for a post hike treat!

14 days ago

28 days ago

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1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail. I took a wrong turn and modified it a little, but was worth it. Will definitely do it again.

1 month ago

it was a good trail! I wouldn't really recommend dogs. I had to pick up my two labs and help them climb up the side of the rock part of the mountain. overall it was good!

hiking
1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. Waterfall, stream, mts.
Great falls after a heavy rain. Won't be much if it's been dry, but the hike is gorgeous either way.

We parked in the lower parking lot and took the mossy glen trail (blue), which is almost an immediate left off the lower carriage road. ( corner of parking lot ).
This trail hugs the peters kill for almost 2 miles. The water tumbles over so many rocks / boulders it's beautiful. We followed the blue trail left and up to the upper carriage road and made a right.
Follow the carriage road for about a mile and look for the orange blaze on the right for rainbow falls trail heading downhill. (Easy to miss.. pay attention).
Follow the trail for about a half mile to the base of the falls. Continue along the base of the falls following the orange markers UP the short rock scramble.
Once at the top enjoy the view of the Catskills in the distance. WOW.
We followed this trail to the lower carriage road and made a right which leads back to the parking lot in about 2 miles or so.
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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Worth it!

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9 months ago

Good choice if you want to be out for a while and have flat ground.

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10 months ago

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Sunday, June 12, 2016