Upper Awosting, Lake Awosting and Castle Point Loop is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kerhonkson, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

rocky

hiking
6 days ago

Skipped Lake Awosting, Did Rainbow Falls and the Shawangunk Ridge Trail up to Litchfield Ledge, Castle Point, and Hamilton Point Carriage Rd back. The cut-through from Castle Point down to Hamilton Point CR is a little hard to find and is a straight down scramble. Beautiful.

1 month ago

I considered the trail moderate and very scenic- the Awosting waterfall is breath taking and inspiring. The creek it pools into is cool and refreshing on a hot day, though fall is now approaching. There are little detours on the trails that bring you to beautiful views. Some to little creeks, others to rocky ground overlooking the mountain. You just have to adventure and see for yourself.

walking
2 months ago

Great trail! The main part is on a carriage road and very easy to walk. There are options to break off onto various (more challenging) footpaths along the route, but even just staying on the main road was beautiful—small waterfalls, scenic views, and interesting wildlife! Not too crowded either. After three miles this trail ends and morphs into other trails, like the Castle Point trail, etc. AllTrails counts it as a 10 mile loop if you do a combination of all of those smaller trails after the 3 mile Awosting trail (which ends at Lake Awosting). The whole ten miles is worth it though...crystal clear lakes, cliffs, rocky outcrops, mostly flat the whole time if you stay on the carriage road. A great walk!

hiking
2 months ago

we did this yesterday with a slight alterations. absolutely beautiful views. We got caught in an endless thunderstorm (there was only a 20% chance it would storm) on the way back through Castle Rock which was quite terrifying with all the lightning, but also incredible with the views of the storm over the land. we had done this one before when it was very, very hot and it was much harder so the rains were actually a nature blessing in disguise.

hiking
5 months ago

It is a very pretty hike, but this is more like a skiing trail that can also be hiked (when theres no snow), 90% graveled trails, not difficult at all, the only difficult part is the distance, other than that, the trail is easy and with very little elevation gain, does have a nice seasonal beach that can only be hiked to, I imagine it gets packed though in the summer

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views. Nice trails, I altered it a little.

11 months ago

best scenery and easy walkway. also good for bike.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I changed the track a little. I took Castle Point to the Blueberry Run Trail, over the Awosting Carriage Road down to Peters Kill, then backtracked back up to the Awosting Carriage Road, and then went around Lake Minnewaska on the Minnewaska Carriage Trail. It was a beautiful hike, roughly 12 miles. I liked the Blueberry Run Trail the most. It had the least amount of people and had a more diverse atmosphere.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Did this on my bike took upper awosting to lake rode around great places to stop and lay on flat rocks and swim then climbed up to castle point trail and it's a down hill ride all the way back

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

The views are beautiful. I've had to break up the full trail will eventually do the entire loop together. There were a lot of people riding bikes, be careful around turns.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

I did a different path than AT described. The Lake was beautiful. View of Catskills at one end. Quick short trek on BR also.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Very exciting moderate-hard trail. It has a lot of spectacular scenes: to examine Gertrude's Nose Trail in details, to see great panoramic view at Castle Point, to admire of shapes of mountains, to see awesome Lake Awosting.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Castle Point is a nice wide well groomed Carriageway in Minnewaska SP starting off the Lake Minnewaska loop. The highlight is Castle Point which offers panoramic views of Wallkill Valley, Sams Point, and the Catskill Mountains. Continue on to Lake Awosting which is a quiet large mountain lake which in late spring, early summer is surrounded by mountain laurel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I've been here every weekend for the past few weekends. It's my favorite place to disappear off to. Amazing views. Great trail. I'll be back. Yet again. To hit any trail I may have missed. Castle point was closed for Reno, so I'll be back for that.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One of my favorite places to go. Been there hundreds of times and never get tired of it. Great trails. Great views. Lots of options.

hiking
Monday, June 16, 2014

Moderate walk to the lake, perfect for mountain bikes. Great beach in the middle of the lake. Due to the fact that is only accessible by foot or bike the lake is not crowded.

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trail running
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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