Overview: This is one of the best hikes in the region. Full stop.
Hike Length: 7.0 miles
Elevation gain: 1,500 feet
Location: Minnewaska State Park Preserve, 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY 12446
Parking: Park at the Upper Awosting Lot. Note: There is a $10 fee to enter and park. The park has gates and does not open until 9:00am.
Trail Description: From the parking lot, follow the red Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. You will soon pass a set of composting toilets. Continue to follow the red road until you reach a fork where you should follow the yellow Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. After a quarter mile, you will reach another fork. Stay left to continue on the Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road. After a mile you will reach the junction with the red Gertrude’s Nose Trail, which goes off to the right into the woods. From this point on, you will follow red blazes until you return to the parking lot. During the next 1.2 miles, the views will become more and more dramatic until you reach Gertrude’s Nose. Continue for 1.75 miles until you reach a junction with the red Millbrook Mountain Trail (not to be confused with the red Millbrook Ridge Trail). Make a left to take the Millbrook Mountain Trail and continue 1.2 miles until you again reach the Lake Minnewaska Carriage Road. Turn left and follow the road until you return to the parking lot.
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