Offering wide, long-lasting views Gertrude’s Nose Trail is one of the best hikes in the region. The trail is located in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve near High Falls, New York. The loop trail has a total length of 10.6 kilometers and an elevation gain of 346 m.
If we were to create a list of our favorite trails in this region, this trail would definitely be somewhere at the top. And we are sure, it’s the same for many people. The hike is rated as moderate and the best months to hike are from April until October. You can also take dogs with you and you have to keep them on a leash.
To reach the trailhead, pass the main entrance of Minnewaska State Park and drive up and when you get to the highest lot, park your vehicle there. You will see a spot from where you can see Lake Minnewaska, the hike begins from there.
The initial part is easy and you have to take the carriage road right. Keep walking on this road, and you will pass the Sunset Carriage Road as well as the Upper Awosting Carriage Road, where you can find toilets.
After around 0.7 miles, you have to turn left and take the Yellow Trail. At about 1.4 miles, you will get to the Patterson’s Pellet. It lies at the edge of the cliff, from where you can enjoy great views. Keep following the Yellow Trail and after half a mile, take right to the Gertrude’s Nose (Red Trail).
The hike from there is a bit tough, as the trail heads downhill steeply and then goes up after crossing the power supply. You have to keep hiking on the same trail, and as you will be hiking along the edge of the cliff, you will enjoy amazing views. After some time, you will reach your destination: Gertrude’s Nose. The views from the top are breathtaking and it’s a great spot to take photos and eat lunch.