Loved this hike. It's pretty boring until you get to Patterson's Pellet then it's just one amazing view after another. I had it all to myself since most of the others going to Gertrude’s Nose seemed to be doing it clockwise. The trail from Gertrude's Nose up to Millbrook Mountain is less spectacular but still has some amazing views and cool areas with lots of pine scrub. There's also a few areas where it dips into pine forest and climbs rocks. Don't miss the ice cave that blows cool air along the way. The view at Millbrook Mountain is spectacular too, then it's mostly downhill back to Lake Minnewaska. Bring lots of water on a hot day - this is a tough and long (but very rewarding) hike.