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AWESOME trail for a short hike.

Super easy, well kept trail. The lake is really lovely. It's a little crowded for my taste, but what a great time of year to go. The leaves are starting to change, and it will only get better in the next couple of weeks.

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.

Beautiful!

Easy Walk Beautiful View !

hiking
19 days ago

I saw a black bear only a few hundred feet from the trailhead! It crossed the trail and looked right at me, but didnt seem interested. Not a hard hike at all, but very wet during a downpour. Luckily I was wearing waterproof boots

Beautiful views, easy path with some incline but not steep.

Gorgeous views on this trail, very kid-friendly and lots of signs, just follow the red diamonds. Lots of other good trails too. We went with 3,5,8 years old kids and they were fine the whole time. You can bathe at the lake if you want and there is just a parking fee to get in.

One of the best hikes I’ve done in a while! Did this solo- the trail was very well marked, manicured but also secluded. So many scenic lookouts it was difficult to keep pace! I did the loop and then later the waterfall trail which was worthwhile, a total of just under 5 miles when you factor in the connection paths. I spotted salamanders, millipedes and caterpillars. The trail was almost empty during the week. I did have to pay the $10 parking fee but it paid off because the trails were so well maintained.

hiking
28 days ago

Very easy walk, nice views around the lake and plenty of good places for picnics etc. Not the kind of walk we’d do but my partner had hurt his ankle!

I Added Rainbow Falls Trail. The trails were wet & muddy but good shoes and no problems. It was cloudy but still beautiful.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful moderately challenging and fun

1 month ago

Some of the most gorgeous views ever- majestic!!!

Very pleasant 2.5 miles hike on a large carriage road. in different points, get out of the main road and get to beautiful view points.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a way above average trail loop. One half of the distance is along a fairly basic gravel road but even that part had water features and views and geology to look at. We did the more boring gravel road part first then came back on the Rainbow Falls and Mossy Glen trails on the way back. There were some seriously interesting obstacles (giant rock drop offs etc) to navigate on the Rainbow Falls trail but they are appropriate for a moderate hike in proper footwear.

Very highly recommended. A nice save from our original plans which were in the Mohonk Preserve which has the nerve to charge 15 dollars PER HIKER to go into their land. I'm sure it's a lovely place but that's a very luxurious asking price for a hike.

Super easy trail-good for families with children and older folk. Beautiful views of the lake!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail that combines waterfalls with incredible views on ledges (as part of the Shawangunk Ridge Trail). I took Jenny Lane to Rainbow Falls until just after Litchfield Ledge and went back down to Upper Awosting. Had to go down in elevation before I could make it to Castle Point Carriage Road because thunder clouds rolled in and my hair was standing up and trek pole was humming (be aware there's no shelter on a few parts of this trail as you'll be walking along exposed ridges).

Wouldn't recommend bringing dogs on this one, there's a few rock scrambles that I can't see any dogs navigate, you'd probably have to somehow hoist and carry them. There's also one section that is very narrow and steep as you descend to the source of Rainbow Falls and you'll need to cling to rock and trees. When the rains are heavy some of the paths will get washed out and the streams and falls become very hard to navigate. When it's dry the falls become a bit anemic. If you don't mind the effort go when it's been raining a lot for the best views.

Great time

We hiked this on July 4th. It wasn't too busy. The falls we're beautiful. The path was very well marked. We took Mossy Glen to Blueberry Hill to Jenny Lane and then got on the Rainbow Falls trail. On the way back we took a carriage road.

hiking
2 months ago

The hike was a lot of fun and the waterfall was beautiful! The pool at the top was so refreshing!

It's not a difficult trail but make sure to wear comfortable and ankle supportive shoes.

Cliff and lake views- nice

hiking
2 months ago

Great waterfall at the end. There is also a campsite at the falls, if you wanted to hike in and spend an evening. Most of the trail is creek bed, with about 1-2 inches of water present after a rain in most portions. If there is heavy rain, be prepared to climb over a few logs.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate trail even after a heavy rain. Payoff is the beautiful series of waterfalls.

nature trips
2 months ago

It takes a bit of effort to get to this one, but it's worth it for the payoff.

You have to park on a one-way road and walk about 50 yards through an un-shaded area to get to the trail. (The parking lot in the directions is closed).

Once in the trees, it's very cool and you can hear the water. You can see the waterfall about a quarter of a mile in, and the trail is easy up until that point.

After the first lookout, you climb up stone steps to the top of the waterfall. Keep going further and there is an area you can swim in.

There was another trail branching of that had a blank sign No idea where that went.

This is not my favorite trail. It’s not really in the woods and there isn’t much sun cover. Stony kill falls is beautiful and so is the lake. The wolf jaw connection is poorly marked to enter and then once you’re in it’s poorly marked to follow. Without gps and the map I would not have known what to follow. But hey, there’s a lot to appreciate about the lake. It’s warm (relatively) and you can catch the occasional nudist. The stony kill falls were the highlight of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

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