Rainbow Falls Trail

MODERATE 65 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
688 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

scramble

This Rainbow Falls is located in Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, New York (not to be confused with the Rainbow Falls and Indian Head trail in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve).The park includes dense hardwood forests, beautiful views, waterfalls, three lakes and numerous hiking trails. The park is managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Park in the lower parking area and take the Mossy Glen Trail (yellow), which is almost an immediate left off the lower Carriage Road( corner of parking lot ). The trail hugs the Peters Kill for almost 2 miles. Follow the trail left and up to the upper carriage road and make 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. Follow the trail a short distance 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, The parking fee is $10 per vehicle. Visitors might also be interested in nearby Castle Point and Lake Minnewaska.

hiking
17 minutes ago

Beautiful trail, I am in love with this place.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike on an absolutely gorgeous day. Pretty easy trail...not too much traffic. Highly recommended

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day, 10 stars.

1 month ago

Loved this hike. Took the Yellow trail to the blue. Turned right on the carriage road and then onto the orange (Rainbow falls) trail. There was a long walk back on the carriage road, but it was a great hike and very peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Very dog friendly and not crowded at all

hiking
1 month ago

Great day- hardly another person on the trail. Some great fall colors

hiking
1 month ago

Truly a gorgeous hike. Colors were stellar. Trails were well marked. Cores were outstanding.

2 months ago

Stunning!

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail. Took the mossy glen trail (now YELLOW unlike the description saying it is blue) to the upper carriage road and turned off into the orange trail (rainbow falls trail). I did not see much of a water fall on rainbow falls trail, as maybe the pool had drained, but almost to the point where mossy glen meets upper carriage there is a hidden waterfall on a switchback. Nice hike although the trail up to the top of rainbow falls is a bit of a skirmish

hiking
4 months ago

Only $10 for a whole day of fun. Nice trails, lots of options for beginners to advanced and everybody in between. We'll be back often.

4 months ago

Great trail, took our kids (5 & 3) and our two dogs we all had a blast!

4 months ago

terrible no parking 10 bucks to get in maps are terrible screw this place!!!!

5 months ago

Great trail, lots of scenic viewpoints.

6 months 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!

hiking
6 months 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.

7 months 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
7 months 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 (yellow), 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.
Check out our recording for help if needed.

hiking
7 months ago

Worth it!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Amazing hike ! Took awhile to get to the trail from where we parked however it was so worth it ! I would say it was a relatively easy hike but may scare some first timers due to the look of the ridge as you head down towards the falls. When we arrived at the falls it took my breath away and was in awe. So beautiful ! Check it out if you get the chance !

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