Rainbow Falls Trail

MODERATE 64 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.

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17 days ago

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

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18 days ago

Beautiful trail in a beautiful day, 10 stars.

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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.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Very dog friendly and not crowded at all

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Stunning!

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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

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3 months ago