Thanks in advance. Lake Minnewashta Regional Park is a 340 acre park situated on the shores of Lake Minnewashta. There’s more inclines and steeper paths on this part of the trail but it’s all on a well kept path, you are not climbing over rocks or anything, very doable for most skill and fitness levels. If you do want to stop at Kempton Ledge, it’s just a few minutes past the Hamilton Point Carriage Road trail marker. 17. Instead, keep walking along the lake until you come back to the first great lake view and then turn right and head up the orange trail back to the Lake Awosting parking area. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car and the park preserve opens at 9AM daily. Take some time to enjoy the gigantic view, clear across the Gunks to the Hudson Highlands. Your email address will not be published. Yes Becca, a stroller should be fine on all of the carriage roads as they are hard packed gravel. From here, if you follow the trail to the left you’ll see a lookout factor on your right, and you can see a path to a concrete system that rests on the lake. This pleasant hike around Minnewaska Lake passes a swimming area, a few streams, runs along the lake, and has cliff top views of the Catskills and Gunks. I think it jibes with what you’ve posted here. Keep heading around the lake. The walk along the shores of Lake Minnewanka is a wonderful hike, offering the option of customizing the route distance depending on your fitness. Absolutely beautiful winter hike. A few minutes on that and you’ll hit the Lake Minnewaska Loop. Very much appreciated! 26. We did (part of) this hike yesterday, and it was beautiful! Icy in some parts so make sure you wear your good boots! It’s pretty clear what/wherethe ledge is, but there’s no sign. (Update July 12, 2014: Per Jules’ comment below – and since confirmed – it’s not so well-marked anymore, which is a real shame. Hike was great! Sorta nearby address for your GPS: The New York State Parks page gives the address for Minnewaska as: Google Maps chokes on that address, though. If you want to go a little farther north, and get more of a “feel” of the lower hudson valley, my second recommendation is to go to the Catskills. I will post another update soon with a run-down of the most current information I can find for all of the various parks around here. Minnewaska State Park is perfect for hiking near NYC. For our additional miles added to the hike, it is easiest to explain using the official trail map by NY State Parks (http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/MinnewaskaParkMap.pdf): after coming back from the blue CP to the red LM trail (around step 14 above), we followed LM along the like until we met with MC (yellow trail). Thanks, Maria! Just wanted to let you know the “Fly over” you have linked is showing California. Thank you so much for these updates, Siena! Lake Awosting Lake Minnewaska Lower Awosting Millbrook Mtn Smiley St ony Ki l Sunset Upper Awosting Red Orange Blue Yellow None Black Red Black Yellow None N e Orange Green 1.4 0.7 4.6 2.9 2.9 3.5 2.0 2.7 2.5 7.4 1.5 0.8 3.1 PO. The Beacon Hill Trail is just under a mile long and is one of the most scenic short hikes in the immediate area of Lake Minnewaska. Hi, This is a very nice hike to take kids on as it is a carriage road in its entirety and is designed for everyone to access. Your email address will not be published. The Park Preserve is open during construction but parking capacity in the Lake Minnewaska Area will be reduced significantly through the summer of 2020. Continue up the trail to the fence that offers a great overlook of Lake Minnewaska (the upper parking lot is now directly behind you), with the white cliffs rising up on the left and the visitor’s center neatly camouflaged on top. About ten minutes after getting on the Millbrook Mtn. For those that love waterfalls, there is plenty to see – from the Stony Kills Falls, Awosting Falls, to … We went to Stony Kills Falls yesterday and park was definitely open. Take a right to head down to the water’s edge. We are from San Francisco and also looking for recommendations on places (small towns etc) to stay….we will by flying out of Stewart Airport on our third day….thanks! A trip to Minnewaska could be a leisurely stroll around the lake, or a day-long extravaganza with multiple vistas and mileage reaching double digits, whichever you prefer. The hotels, dating to 1879, were ultimately abandoned and later burned to the ground. There were detour signs for the Castle Point Carriageway via the Hamilton Point Carriageway but I decided to follow my own path. You can also get directions by checking out the Minnewaska State Park Preserve entry on the HiketheHudsonValley.com Google map. We didn’t go to main lot, but their page still says they are capped at 50% capacity. Well marked, gorgeous, such good views and easy yet stunning. You’ll also stroll past a bathroom facility, which you’re welcome to take advantage of. I wanted to share this here for others who might end up having to start there. The trail drops 500 feet in about 1.75 miles to the lowest point on the hike at Verkeerder Kill Falls at 3.1 miles into the hike. Richbikerun1. (Note: You could go back to your car and drive up to the next parking lot to avoid this section of the hike, but we’re here to hike, right? Great time with freinds enjoyed the views.Enjoyed the great outfoors very beautifull experince that was healthy. The only option now is, after enjoying the views of the Kempton Ledge, to completely walk down the blue path (Castle Point Carriageway) again, until you meet the red one (Minnewaska Lake Loop) where you turned off before at point 10, turn right there and and just follow that along the lake and you’ll pick up your description again at point 16. It is approximately 32 feet deep at its deepest point. Castle Point Carriageway and all. I did want to give you the heads up that the Castle Point Carriageway is closed for most of 2015 due to construction. We went yesterday and I can report there were plenty of parking spaces when arriving at 10:30am on a Friday but all lots were full by the time we left at 2:30pm. 12. Considering it is mostly carriage roads, is this route feasible with a hefty jogging stroller? will try again in another post. Just remember you need to do a hairpin turn to the left to go up over the lake, at first it feels like you’re going back the way you came but just do it. 41.729, -74.2371 From the parking area, head back along the entrance road for about 0.1 mile, passing the park maintenance center (a former garage) on the right. ... Minnewaska Lake Carriageway 1.6 mi 2.6 km • 176' Up 53.54 m Up • 199' Down 60.76 m Down. 4. Hiked this (or our version of it) yesterday (Sept 2019) and really enjoyed it. Remember this place? Don’t worry if hiking is not your thing, Lake Minnewaska is perfect for swimming and to cool off in the hot summer months. Also, on the way out to Kempton Ledge, those views referenced in #11 are on the left, not the right. Once you dead-end onto HP, you’ll need to make a left. 15. The trails up here become a bit of a tangled mess. You can also use the Avenza app to show your location against the official New York-New Jersey Trail Conference maps, which is the more industrial-strength solution.) 8. It is appalling Minnewaska park caretakers are not attending to maintaining the chemistry of the public restroom the odors are an atrocity. Cha-ching! Does anyone know where I can get gpx file tracks so I can guide my family and I around Minnewaska??? Thank you again – will be doing this hike again very soon. Is that incorrect? This old road gives hikers access to the Beacon Hill Trail. Then we basically retraced our steps back to the parking lot but if we had more time we would have explored to see if there’s another way to close the loop and end up where we left the car. 7. Take a left at the shack to return to the Lake Awosting parking area. Subscribe: Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. It provides cliff top views of the Gunks and the Catskills. Many of the sites are no longer on this map, and many of the trails have been abandoned. Giddyup! The park is managed by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail. Take a right on the loop road and walk along the flat path for about a quarter mile. When you get home, see if there’s anybody there who’s willing to give you a foot massage. Enjoy the views as the gentle switchbacks of the Orange Trail take you up toward Lake Minnewaska. Really glad to hear that those formerly closed trails are now reopened. This Rainbow Falls is located in Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, New York (not to be confused with the Rainbow Falls and Indian Head trail in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve).The park includes dense hardwood forests, beautiful views, waterfalls, three lakes and numerous hiking trails. When fishing, anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseed and. Thanks for being awesome! (I’m also very nearly 100% certain that the image in Step 11 is indeed on the right side of the trail, though there are also nice views to the left — if someone can prove me wrong, I will apologize and/or eat a hiking shoe. The hike I’m suggesting here is a 6.4-mile loop, which breaks my keep-it-under-5-miles rule, but the trails here are, for the most part, pretty easy carriage roads, and there aren’t any insane climbs. 25. 6. Super-cool Google Earth flyover of hike route: Related resources: If you’re looking for actual facts and/or useful information, visit these excellent resources: More Minnewaska pictures from the hike’s Picasa album (with a special thanks to my buddy Jered Earl “Chunks” Widmer for providing several of the photos used on this page): Was this trail guide useful to you? There’s also an easy way to knock a couple miles off the hike, if you want to shorten it up a bit (though you’d miss out on an awesome overlook.). Follow 44/55 past the hairpin turn under the Shawangunk cliffs and past the Trapps parking area on your right. On the way back down from there, there’s no longer a sawhorse across that road, though there’s a sign that says, “To Hamilton Carriageway” or something similar. Any suggestions? Carriageway, it dead-ends into the red-blazed Minnewaska Lake Loop. . Minnewaska State Park Preserve This hike loops around Beacon Hill and Lake Minnewaska, with many panoramic views. Hudson Valley trail closures and parking restrictions due to COVID-19, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference homepage, https://parks.ny.gov/parks/minnewaska/details.aspx, Minnewaska State Park Preserve - NY Foodie Family, http://www.kdheks.gov/nps/lepp/ChVIIIWaterConservingFinal.pdf, http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/MinnewaskaParkMap.pdf, The surprisingly informational Minnewaska, More nice pictures and trail descriptions on this, A nice write-up with more trail descriptions on this. After taking in the view for a moment, turn to your right, heading back the way you came for just a few steps. In the meantime, you can piece together a detour or different itinerary using the Minnewaska trail map, and here’s a link to another great Minnewaska hike that isn’t affected by the closure. Park entrance is about 6 miles up winding mountain road on Left. . That's cool, too. Take care when taking the Millbrook Mountain Carriageway from there back to the LM Loop… just keep hanging to the left, including when you see the Hamilton Point Carriageway sign, in order to get to the LM Loop… as the colored markers are curiously missing in all directions when you get to that intersection of the three roads. On a nice summer afternoon, you’re probably more likely to find solitude at Wal-Mart. Besides, you’d miss out on a couple of nice views if you did that. 10. We ended up adding about 3.5 miles to the hike via various paths, taking us to a bit more quiet areas of the park with some beautiful views, would love to share that if you wish. Also very nice in the rain if you have the right gear. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Secil, judging by the thumbs on your comment, it’s been helpful to several people! I had to remove those flyovers because mapmyhikes.com, which used to support them, just decided one day to stop supporting them, thereby breaking about fifty links on this site (not really breaking them, I guess, but making them all point to the Golden Gate Bridge for some reason). The park, which features scenic overlooks of the nearby Catskill Mountains, is primarily used for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and swimming. I have two recommendations for you. The following three hikes are a sampling of what is available. https://youtu.be/HqLlAUrfacA, Hi, FYI the COVID guidance at the top of this page is incorrect according to the official park homepage. My fav trek in Mew York state by far. Also, they’re doing construction around the “lower” upper parking lots, so you can currently not walk through to the Orange blaze trail. After the falls, you can continue on to the other carriageway (orange blazes) which has more of an incline, and it takes you up over the lake to that spot with the gorgeous views. A couple of other trails will merge into the Millbrook Mtn. It’s also more ore of a hilly walk, but that was perfect for such a hot day, and going back to the swimming beach at the end was ideal! The Old Carriage Roadway, which was constructed around 1900, used to bring tourists disembarking from the O&W train station at Ellenville approximately the resorts on the lake at Minnewaska. I very much look forward to deleting this warning someday.And also! (And thanks to Krista and Gabrielle in the comments for the alert!) I wanted to say thank you thank you thank you for your amazing guide! 18. When you’ve appropriately soaked it all in, head back up the way you came, to the start of the Awosting Falls Trail. Carriageway, but just keep heading straight, or as straight as possible. The stream burbles and drops off to your left on its way to the falls. Its a flat walk on pavement. (And thanks for the nudge, Gabrielle!) This is wonderful, with places to sit, have a picnic, trails around the lake for even more views. There was not much water when we went but it was still very pretty and worth doing. States there that parking has been limited by 50% in order to prevent overcrowding and it posts an update when the lot is full for the day: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/minnewaska/details.aspx, I can’t see the covid guidance but I do know that Minnewaska is open and updates their page when the lots are full. Hiked 9/21/18- It was chilly but still very crowded, especially around the lower waterfall and the upper lake. Some people turned back after seeing the smaller falls. I took a simple route but found the Alltrails app helpful. Please read it before heading out into the wild green yonder, and let's hope that everyone will adhere to that guidance so that we can keep heading in the right direction in the Hudson Valley. great, clean, well marked trail. If your GPS doesn’t like it, either, you could try the intersection of 44/55 and Jenny Lane in Kerhonkson, NY, which is about a mile west of the Minnewaska entrance on 44/55. I haven’t been there in years and would like to stay on course with the help of directions via my smartphone. Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail is a stunning well-groomed path for all skill levels that features breathtaking views of Minnewaska Lake throughout the 1.9-mile loop. Cliffs! As of today, everything on this hike is open! Lake Minnewanka (/ ˌ m ɪ n ə ˈ w ɑː ŋ k ə /) ("Water of the Spirits" in Nakoda) is a glacial lake located in the eastern area of Banff National Park in Canada, about five kilometres (3.1 miles) northeast of the Banff townsite. 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