Gertrude's Nose Hike. 8-10 miles


Overview

This loop hike runs along dramatic cliffs of Shawangunk conglomerate, with exceptionally fine views.

Details

Time:5-7 hours

Difficulty:Moderate to Strenuous

Length:8 miles or more depending on group/weather etc or how I'm feeling.

Route Type:Circuit

Dogs:Allowed on leash

Features:Views, Swimming, Fees, Cliffs



Driving Directions

Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 18 (New Paltz). After paying the toll, turn left onto Route 299 and continue west through the Village of New Paltz. When you cross the bridge over the Wallkill River at the west end of the village, continue ahead on Route 299 (do not turn right towards the Mohonk Mountain House). In another 5.5 miles (from the Wallkill River bridge), Route 299 ends at a T intersection with Route 44/55. Turn right here and follow Route 44/55 as it negotiates a very sharp hairpin turn and climbs to pass under the Trapps Bridge (a steel overpass). Continue for about three miles past the Trapps Bridge to the entrance to Minnewaska State Park, on the left side of the road. A parking fee is charged at the gatehouse. Continue uphill for 0.4 mile to the parking area at Lake Minniwaska.

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  • Becky

    Thank you so much for a wonderful day. Nice too meet everyone.

    August 11

  • Lucy

    Thanks Tom for the great hike. It was a wonderful day with awesome companies.

    August 11

  • Matt

    Thanks Tom for getting us out there on such a beautiful day.

    August 11

  • Caysey

    Always a great time hiking with the Hoagies. Thanks for putting this together Tom! Great seeing old friends and meeting new hikers.

    2 · August 11

  • Tom G.

    Thanks for the great turnout and I hope everyone enjoyed everyone their hike. I want thank caysey for the extra excursions he took members on and I look forward to seeing all of you at a future event.

    5 · August 11

  • Jennifer L.

    Thanks Tom for the urban myths (what the pile of rocks and huge rock mean) haha. I may be new, but I am not that gullible. I enjoyed everyone's company :) First hike with the group accomplished without any incidents. Ready for any engineering throw down (cough cough David).

    1 · August 10

    • Tom G.

      There all true I swear.

      August 10

  • Lucy M

    Fun day out on the trails. Thanks Tom for organizing! See everyone again soon on the trails.

    August 10

  • Andrea

    A great hike, wonderful views, amazing company. Cold beer after the hike, thanks Fred!!! Lots of laughter with dinner. A six star carpool!! All adds up to a fantastic day. Thanks everyone.

    1 · August 10

  • kevin S.

    great day, lots of fun; Thanks Tom!!!!

    August 10

  • Tom G.

    We are heading to falls as we just left upper park .meetdown at falls or lower lot to regroup

    August 10

  • Tom G.

    Please park in the lower lot as I plan to go to falls and easier from bottom lot especially when we are going at the end of hike. If you choose topark up top just wait for us

    August 10

  • Caysey

    Just a heads up the GPS on the meet up still shows the upper lot. Fix it if you don't want people there.

    August 10

  • Caysey

    A ton of parking up here. No lots are closed. Just sayin....

    August 10

    • A.(Toni)Aurora

      Thanks Casey for the invite !
      I was a Dirty stay out last night ! See you soon !

      1 · August 10

    • Tom G.

      Parking at the bottom to go to falls.

      August 10

  • Matt

    Upper lot is fully open and there is plenty of room. It is NOT CLOSED OFF.

    August 10

    • Tom G.

      Parking here to go the falls afterwards.

      August 10

  • Thomas. A.

    At upper lot

    August 10

  • Matt

    I'm driving from Long Island with room for two. It's late,going to sleep.

    August 9

  • Matt

    I know it's late but does anyone have an address or gps location?

    1 · August 9

    • Tom G.

      we had a little glitch directions are back up.

      August 9

    • Matt

      Thanks

      August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, so leaving from Ft. Greene or Williamsburg Brooklyn. 730 am pickup. $32 including gas roundtrip. I rented a zip car. I have room for 2 more. Let me know if you are interested!

    August 9

  • Jorge

    Hi, I just joined this hike, I'm located in Astoria so if you need a ride let me know, here's my number 9176975956.... I know you don't see my name here but I'm going .

    August 9

  • Slava

    Hi Kelli, it takes about 1.5 hours to
    get there from my location. If you
    are coming from brooklyn, add
    another hour. Do you have a phone
    # to coordinate? Thanks.

    August 9

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked] feel free to text me

      August 9

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Slava, we couldn't get the $100 car so are back to the $160 car. Do you still want a ride if the price is $32? Feel free to text me

      August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have space for 3-4 if anyone needs a ride

    August 3

    • Tiffany

      Ok Kacie, see you tomorrow

      August 9

    • Paul

      Unfortunately, I'm still at the office and will not get out at a reasonable hour. Thus, I won't make it tomorrow. Thanks again, Kacei for the offer to drive.

      August 9

  • Young

    Per Tom's suggestion, driving from Bayside, Queens - also offering rides/carpool. Can do a stop under GWB in Manhattan. Can fit 3 comfortably, 4 if someone wants to sit in the middle seat in the back.

    August 3

    • Young

      So I'm declaring my car full.

      August 8

    • Young

      Okay. A space opened up if people still need a ride.

      August 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have 2 spots open. It would be $20 a person. We live in Brooklyn near Atlantic Center

    August 9

    • Slava

      hi Kelli, are you going to be taking major Deegan on the way up? if so, can I jump in by the Yonkers raceway area?

      August 9

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes that works. Is it really a 3 hour drive? We will have to leave early

      August 9

  • Jennifer L.

    Hi. This would be my first hike with this group. Do you have recommendations on what to bring or expect? Are sneakers fine? I live in Whitestone, Queens and would appreciate a ride (please).

    August 7

    • David K.

      Bring food and at least 2 L of water. Sneakers are fine for this hike. Sunscreen, A hat and insect repellent are also good to have. Bring a camera if you like to take pictures.

      1 · August 8

  • Slava

    hi all, I'll be driving and have room for 2-3 people. leaving from Yonkers, can pickup in the Bronx at the end of #2 line, or along Metro-North Harlem line. If anyone interested please let me know the sooner the better.

    August 8

  • A.(Toni)Aurora

    What's up Tom check your location it brings you to Manhattan !

    1 · August 6

    • A.(Toni)Aurora

      Thank you now I won't head into Manhattan :)

      August 6

    • erika

      thank god!

      1 · August 7

  • A former member
    A former member

    I booked a car that fits 5 for $167 total. It's 99 Charles Street in Lower Manhattan. It will be about $28 per person. Is anyone interested?

    August 6

    • Becky

      I will ride with you Kelli! :)

      August 7

    • A former member
      A former member

      haha, Lizzy got a car for $100!!

      August 7

  • Sherrilyn

    Hi everyone. I have a spot for 1 more person picking up from upper east side.

    August 5

    • Gaia P.

      That's great sherrilyn! Can I take The spot? I live in The upper east side too :)

      August 6

  • Julia C.

    Hopefully my car will hold up ( nearly stranded my previous passengers ). Will be driving from UES of the city. Don't say I didn't warn you.

    1 · August 5

    • Del

      Hey Julia, I'm also willing to take a chance on you - there's a song in there somewhere:)

      2 · August 5

    • Maria M.

      Hi there Julia! Do you have room for 1 more?

      August 5

  • Gaia P.

    Hi all! I'm looking for a ride from
    Manhattan

    August 5

  • Tom G.

    Hello, we have several members on the waitlist so if you can't make this hike please change your RSVP.Don't worry it will come back around as all hikes eventually do.

    August 4

  • Lindsay

    Any form of public transportation?

    August 1

  • Tom G.

    Hello to all, I'm glad members are starting to arrange their car pools.If anyone can offer a ride please post as soon as you can.Riders try to go direct with anyone who offers a ride and include your cell with your correspondences.

    August 3

  • Mariya

    Looking for a ride from NYC as well.

    Thanks,
    Mariya

    August 2

  • Nathalie D.

    Same here! I live in queens but Im willing to meet the driver at his convenience

    August 1

  • Melissa

    Same for me, I'm happy to share tolls/gas, grab a coffee for driver etc. I live in manhattan but can meet where ever is convenient and reachable via public transport. thanks!

    July 29

  • Paul

    I would be happy to share tolls, gas, buy a coffee for the driver. Can anyone drive? I live in the W. Village but could walk somewhere as apropos.

    July 29

  • Eat Love H.

    Looking to share tolls n gas? Im ur girl. Astoria meet/pick up best.Open to travel. Thx.

    July 29

  • Tom G.

    My car is now full.

    1 · July 28

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