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This is one of the best trails in the region. Lots of big views, light rock scrambling, and a pretty gentle but rewarding climb.

Beautiful vistas, perfectly challenging, and a great workout. My girlfriend and I are both 50 and in moderately good shape. We definitely were challenged by the end of the four hour hike and felt happy to be able to sit down afterward . Our Favorite part was halfway through when we laid down on a giant boulder, listened to the sound and felt the warmth of the warm autumn son.

Great hike once you get off the carriage trail! There are three pretty challenging sections. Two where you have to go up and down a steep incline and decline over boulders and one down a stream bed. We went counter clockwise which I’d recommend. My wife and I had our two senior dogs 11 and 14 with us. We all managed just fine although pushing it a few times.

hiking
14 days ago

Great views, a must do. Fairly straight forward trail, with only a few spots for some moderate rock scrambling. Nothing too steep or long. We were there after a heavy rainstorm a few days prior and the route back had us walking through lots of water, so make sure you have proper footwear

My wife and I took our two senior dogs (11, 14). We loved it. We went clockwise which worked out well. You first have the more challenging part up the hill with some steep climbs, all very doable! Then gorgeous wires along the ridge. Back down is pretty easy on that side and at the end the carriage path makes for a relaxing walk. Highly recommend it. It took us about 5 hours including picture and snack breaks for close to 8 miles since we went all the way to Millbrook Mountain. For the most part we had the trail to ourselves!

Loved it! Me and my husband went into this hike not really knowing what to expect and we weren’t disappointed. It had beautiful mountain views and waterfalls. I highly recommend trying it!!!

hiking
15 days ago

Gorgeous, easy hike. If you go early enough, chances are you’ll be the only person there.

Did this trail with my GF last Sunday, wow it was awesome! I'd say if you never hiked before, this MAY be "difficult", but to anyone who hikes, it's definitely more on the "moderate" side. There are so many amazing views along the edge of the rocks, and so many places to just sit down, hang out and take in the views. The trail is great because you get a little bit of everything-moderate rock scramble, great views of NY, trails through the forest, etc. My GF saw a bear in the distance, but I wasn't paying attention and missed it! We saw some cool Ravens hanging out on the ledge as well.

Loved this hike but I would recommend doing it as a loop, either from Coxing Kill parking or as I did from West Trapps. From West Trapps take the West Trapps Connector very briefly until you hit Shongum Path then take that downhill. Then take Old Minnewaska Trail past Coxing Kill and the picnic area, stopping at Split Rock to check out the rapids there. After you pass the Enderly ruins you’ll cross Clove Road to the Coxing Kill parking and hook up with the High Peter’s Kill Trail. You’ll start to climb, passing the King’s Lane Trail, which takes you out to Lost City and Dickie Barre. I’ll have to check those out another time. There are some great views from the top of High Peter’s Kill Trail, but you’ll miss the first one if you don’t go straight on the clear herd path right as you get to the top of the climb. Definitely check that out - great views back toward Skytop Tower. After some more climbing you’ll emerge onto a big open rock face with pitch pines. Take some time to walk around there and enjoy the views back toward the Catskills. From there you drop down to Peter’s Kill, where there are some nice bridges over the creek. Then you climb again - some more open rock areas to walk across as you proceed toward Minnewaska then eventually you’ll drop down and can cross the road to Minnewaska. I don’t see the point in turning back here. If you just continue a bit further down the paved road that parallels the highway then go right and follow the signs you can visit Awosting Falls, walking out onto the rocks both above and below. Then just follow the Awosting Falls Carriage Road to the Trapps Road (almost all gently downhill) and it will take you over the Trapps Bridge. Go left after the bridge and proceed back to West Trapps parking. Doing it this way makes the return a lot easier and you get to see more of Peter’s Kill. The last mile and a half on the Trapps Road is a bit boring but it’s an easy stroll. This loop version ended up being about 9 miles.

Great trail with diverse terrain and beautiful vistas

on Gertrude's Nose Trail

hiking
28 days ago

I would say this is a moderate hike due to lack of steep climbs. Views are phenomenal and similar to sams point.

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived at 2:30PM on Saturday and had no trouble finding a parking space. Parked in the upper lot as suggested by other reviewers. Views were spectacular and the trail was not overly crowded, in fact we had it to our selves most of the way. We did the 8 mile loop counter clockwise and would recommend it. Took us just over 3 hours moving at a pretty good clip but did stop for photos and to dip our feet in the creek. There were a few rock scrambles and some slippery downhills. Overall a great trail.

Nice easy peaceful walk but there is way better here

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of that trail that you think isn’t good but turned out to be great. The views are spectacular and the trails are well-maintained. Best during summer and early fall seasons. There are plenty of areas to just sit down and relax while enjoying postcard views. Indeed, a trail I’ll be going back over and over again.

Incredible, definitely the most bang for your buck hike I’ve come across. It’s just view after view after view. The trail goes along a beautiful ridgeline that from afar looks like it’s the edge of the earth (Sorry to disappoint you, Flat-earthers, it’s not) and when it ducks back into the woods you suddenly appear at another lovely view on another giant rock. Like half a dozen times. It’s great. Definitely a challenging hike, though no real scrambles or anything too strenuous. Lots of rock, but also lots of dirt trails. Lots of ups and downs, never really felt a long 1200 ft ascent, but somehow ended up that high. The dogs loved swimming in Lake Minnewaska at the end, we didn’t see any leeches, though I’ve heard they’ve been known to be there. We completed it in just over 4 hrs, with plenty of breaks and photo ops, despite a rude Park ranger telling us we could never do it in the 5 hours we allotted ourselves. Park closes at 8 pm, supposedly they will ticket you and lock your car in if you aren’t out by then. We didn’t find out if that’s true.

Really beautiful train, moderate to a little hard in a few areas. My Fitbit recorded around 9 to 10 miles for the entire thing. Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Got there late on Sunday afternoon around 2PM (the day before Labor Day Monday) — the main entrance parking lot was full and had to wait on a long line of cars in order to enter & find parking. After a 20 minute wait without our vehicle moving , the park Rangers finally allowed us to enter the lot. We made our hike towards Gertrude’s Nose—however we hiked counter clockwise and headed toward Millbrook Mountain. On a rainy day this must be a difficult/slippery hike because of the climb along some holders and rocky terrain. Eventually once you reach Millbrook Mountain the hike down and up to Gertrude’s nose is fun. Once you reach Gertrude’s nose you’ll be rewarded with nice views and good picture opportunities. We then set back on our return and encounter some challenges hiking back up to the yellow trail. All in all I would say this is a Moderate trail with some difficulty on wet/snowy days.

Moderate hike with a lot of great viewing areas. Saw a lot of cool mushrooms and hawks. Some fun rock areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived 9:30 and parked at Minnewaska Lake lot. Lots of fog at the lake — visibility wouldn’t start to clear for a few hours to take in vistas. Walked trail loop starting toward Millbrook Mountain than to Gertrude’s Nose and was rewarded with very light traffic along all the science vistas. If you want an easy hike, just go out to Gertrude’s nose and back and expect one little uphill mixed in with the mild grades of the gravel path. As soon as you get to open edges be careful of footing: there are breaks in the ledges that and people eaters and just go down (I think I’ll skip this as a trail for snowy days).

Great moderate trail. some rock scrambles and rolling trail, took the red trail and some yellow. the yellow is a dirt road that has some mountain bikers, no issues though. Get there early because the lots get packed quick. on my hike didn't have any congestion problems, lots of trails. Beautiful views!!

The starting of the hike was kinda boring until I reached Patterson's pellet, after that the views were pretty good. This is a moderate difficulty hike.

Great trails, fun hike

hiking
1 month ago

I'm puzzled why this is listed as 'hard', I would say it's easy-moderate at best. I did this section of the SRT or Shawangunk Ridge Trail, and there are some wonderful views from the ridge of the Catskills and Minnewaska park just not as much as Gertrude's nose or the High Point trail in Sam's Point. There is plenty of shade on this trail if you need it, places to rest, mostly flat terrain with a few easy descents and ascents and no rock scrambles. The blazes are starting to wear off, so be careful you don't follow other footpaths into the hunting lands. Saw plenty of squirrels and snakes (black racers) and heard but didn't see some timber rattlers. Be aware the rocks when wet after a rain are as slick as ice. Interesting rock formations and what look like small caves slightly off path (no ice though). On a weekday, I came across several other groups so not quite as empty as you might expect. Be careful crossing the highway.

hiking
2 months ago

Great panoramic views throughout the trail. Even though this is high up there is shade at regular intervals on this trail in summer which is a welcome relief. Went after a week of on and off raining, the trail was very very slippery. Be careful if you're going after snow/rain, some of the rock scrambles and descents my grip was slipping, especially the steep rocky section by the stream crossing. Plenty of deep crevasses to hop over and a few scrambles near drop offs--keeps the interest and adrenaline going. There are two rock formations that are similar, apparently Gertrude's nose is the one with the larger outcropping. You can take Millbrook Carriage back for a longer but more gentle way to end or to MM trail to Lake Minnewaska for a steeper route.

Looked for but didn't see many blueberries at all, sadly. Plently of huckleberries along the way, though.

hiking
2 months ago

So many beautiful views on this loop around Gertrude’s Nose. Loop itself was about 6ish miles, with just under two coming in and out from the parking lot. Not sure about folks who don't find this a difficult trail - either they’re stroking their egos or I’m nurturing mine!...you make the call *smile*. Lots of irregular terrain, steep spots to climb - up and down, and large slippery rocks with water crossings on the path. That said, I’m no pro hiker and I found it totally doable. And, despite it being a Sunday and there being lots of folks circulating by the lake, I was solo for nearly the whole loop.... just ran into one duo toward the end. (Maybe because it was later in the day, ~3-7.) I wanted a challenging new trail with lots of natural beauty and definitely found it!

Once you get to the peak, the view is amazing. But be prepared for lots of walking. Bring snacks and plenty of water.

Decent trail. Not worth the 15$/person and passive aggressive attendant where we parked at the head though. Would not do again.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail but this is a moderate one - cannot call this hard

My 1st ever trail; you'll love it. great view from top. Hydrate well

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