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Rim Trail and Gorge Trail Loop is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ithaca, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 820 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

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Note: The Gorge Trail and Red Pine Trail are currently closed until early June. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/135/details.aspx Note: The Gorge Trail is closed during winter.

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Recordings (430)
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Jon Simmons
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Hiking

Excellent! Stone stairs were particularly impressive

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Philip Jenkins
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Stephanie R.
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S P.
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Hiking

I wanted to like it more but the water level was very low. Good, quick workout tho. It was my first one-way hike during Covid and I really liked that. You only have to navigate passing ppl going your way and made it easier to keep 6-ft. Thank you Treman S.P.

Amy Cole
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Fabulous! Favorite hike in area. Stunning views, moderate hike. Stopped at Enfield falls afterwards for a refreshing dip. The only negative is alot of people were going the wrong way on gorge trail with no masks.

Atheetha Venkatesh
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Hiking

One way due to COVID. Beautiful hike going up the rim trail and coming down the gorge trail from the lower parking lot. Enjoyed the gorge views and waterfalls! Some people don’t follow the one way making it harder for everyone! Thanks to the park for the one way setup and planning! Everyone should follow and respect that!

Hassan Yousaf
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Hiking

Great trail. Just one way due to Covid-19. People need to listen and obey the rules. It’s steep and people were going in opposite direction and no mask. Total disregard for others. The swim at the end is all worth the 5 mile hike. Will be back for more

Sarah Devlin
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Beautiful trail! Not too crowded got there around 10am

Julie Hancher
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Half of the trail was closed apparently due to dangerous conditions. Arrived here at 9ish and started hiking at 930. Trail was already packed and half the people weren’t wearing face coverings properly. Would recommend getting here at 6 am or avoid.

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Julie Micha
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great trail .lots of stairs wear hiking shoes

Dawn User
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HikingMuddy

Lots of inclines! Stairs in every direction. Good solid hike. Gorge Trail is one way, so start at rim and loop around that way.

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Matthew Kleczynski
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Hiking

I’m like almost positive this trail is 5 miles and that the 4 number comes from the cutoff which doesn’t include Lucifer Falls. I did not verify this trail so I very well could be wrong.

Kathleen M.
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Hiking

Excellent trail!! One of my favorites. Shady and beautiful. Please wear a mask and abide by guidelines/signage for clockwise trail direction during COVID-19.

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Greg Stachowski
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Hiking

Such a great workout with perfect views!

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Alice-Ann Roy
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Hiking

Great hike, amazing views!

Julia S.
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Nice views, opportunity for a dip near the point to double back from the rim to the gorge trail (bring something that dries easily!). Bug spray recommended. Not too busy at 5pm on Tuesday, only one or two people flouting the one-way loop rule.

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Dan Skotek
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Hiking

For a photo map, parking location, and trail recording, go to https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/rim-trail-to-forge-trail-0188251 This trail recording is for Lucifer Falls within the Enfield Glen and is the feature attraction of the Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca in the Finger Lakes area. I parked in the parking lot on Park Rd (restrooms available). I decided to take Rim Trail to hike to the top, which connects to Gorge Trail for the hike back down. Both of these trails are steep, but they are both very well developed, with stone stairs to help your footing in the steepest areas. From the parking lot, it is a short walk on Park Road to the beginning of Rim Trail, which is in the camping area. Rim Trail begins behind Cabin #9. The first set of falls the trail overlooks is Enfield Falls, which is the desiginated swimming area. Very beautiful view. Going up Rim Trail a little further, you come to the base of Lucifer Falls. Looking up at Lucifer Falls is spectacular. Continuing along Rim Trail, the views are very nice. Once you reach the top, you will come to the intersection with Gorge Trail. It is well marked with signs. There is also a parking lot at that point, and there are restrooms at the far end. When you start decending down Gorge Trail, the views are absolutely amazing! There are two things you will see: 1) how powerful water can be in cutting through the rock, creating such a beautiful and magnificent gorge, and 2) how much work and effort was put into creating the staircases and walkways through this gorge. I assume everything was done by hand, along with using mules/horses. Both of these aspects are truly amazing! As you are decending Gorge Trail, you will be on top of Lucifer Falls, looking down into the gorge from above it. The views along this entire trail are inspiring and unforgettable. This is definitely a hiking trail to put on your must-do list. May you always find peace in the scent of fresh air, in the way breeze feels against your skin, in the glistening reflection of a splashing creek, and in the sound of wind in the trees. Stay humble. Stay kind. Stay thankful. Keep hope. Keep smiling. Keep laughing. Love and respect nature, because that is where you will find a true lifetime of happiness! Also love and respect everyone who crosses your path. There is a reason why they did. If I see you on the trail, I promise to say "Hi" :-)

Joy DeJesus
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Hiking

I was so happy to get here today before the weekend and was truly in awe of how beautiful it is. It was steady up and down which was challenging but in a good way, and well worth the effort. There was minimal people on the trail itself which was perfect because I was able to take my time and take photos without worrying about people waiting behind me which I think happens later on in the day and weekend. i arrived about noon. Looking forward to tomorrow's Finger Lake hike

Jo Jones Sullivan
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Hiking

Awesome trail... some steep parts but not too bad. .25 mile markers along the way show elevation change and how far you are so it’s not a surprise. Great views on both sides of the gorge which was nice. Several safe easy spots to get in and cool off with the kids too.

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Wade Lippman
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Hiking

On 7/13 there was plenty of water! But the rock was wet and slippery; can't have everything. The rim trail is fairly strenuous, but not difficult. Not particularly scenic, but pleasant. The gorge trail is much nicer, though my dog kept trying to get down to the water (but that that is entirely my problem). A few people, not a problem.

Alex Rivera
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Hiking

This trail is filled with lots of Shade. Perfect for a morning hike. Make sure to bring your camera because the views are incredible.

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Joe Olsen
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Hiking

Pretty easy trail. Great views of the gorges. Would recommend for beginners and families with kids. Make sure you jump in the water off the diving board when you’re done! Also, hit up Ithaca Brewing Company afterwards for a tasty beverage!

Raelynne Raelynne
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Kelly Reitz
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Amazing hike! Lots of waterfalls, especially on the gorge trail. Pretty packed on a Friday afternoon in July.

albert suh
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Trail must be taken in reverse - the park only allows visitors to enter from the Rim Trail side and then exit from the Gorge trail in order to minimize visitors overlapping to help with social distancing conditions were good as of July 6 - water level is low but still fun, a little bit of trail maintenance about 1/2 mile from Gorge trail exit (stairway is being rebuilt), parking lot and swimming hole limited to half capacity to help with distancing

Daphne Gardner
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A great, strenuous hike! My map started recording late, but we started at Buttermilk falls entrance, took Rim to Bear to the loop around the Lake and the Gorge back. Lots of inclines but worth it. Bear trail is the best part to me, deep woods, quiet, and the air feels so fresh and pure. Four stars only because the lake was dried out at the top, and we saw a dead fish and crayfish...curious! Everyone was jumping in the falls on the way back so we did too, omg the water was pure heaven! Beautiful day, highly recommend!

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Emilija Balandyte
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AMAZING hike we started at the lower falls and worked our way up the river until we got to the upper falls parking lot. We looped onto the gorge trail and got to walk along the bottom of the falls and take a dip in the refreshing waters. BEST hike

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