Minnewaska Amazing Views, Panorama Viewpoints & Waterfall Moderate Hike & Dinner

This hike brings us to a high end beginner/low end moderate trail in the Minnewaska Preserve/Mohonk Preserve (Ulster County, Gardiner, NY) on Sat, May 18, 2013. I know it is a little far from the Westchester area, but we will arrange carpooling. The hike is an 8.7 mile round-trip loop hike (I know some of you may be scared because of the distance, but it is an easy-moderate hike so the distance will not feel as bad because there aren't many hills and it is mostly flat on old carriage roads). Dogs are allowed on a leash. The hike goes near the beautiful and cascading waterfall Peters Kill and then goes to panoramic viewpoints where you can clearly see the Catskills Mountains.  For those who want to see pictures from the last time we did this hike, you can find them at
http://www.meetup.com/The-Westchester-Outdoor-Meetup-Group/photos/11256772/169714622/

After the hike, for those interested, we will go to a local restaurant for dinner.  After that, we may explore the beautiful New Paltz area.


For those coming, I suggest wearing clothes you will be comfortable in (if it is cold, you may want to wear layers that you can take off as we get moving). Also, it's recommended to bring a backpack, 2 liters of water, chapstick, sunscreen (especially if you burn easily), bug/tick spray, and a small trail sandwich/lunch to enjoy at our resting spot.

We'll meet at 11:15 AM (you must arrive on time because we will leave exactly at 11:15 AM to begin the hike) at the Awosting parking area (the first right onto Old Minnewaska Trail after you pay the entrance fee). Driving directions are below.  I estimate the hike and small trail snack will take a total of six hours.

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If anyone wants to carpool, I'll be coming from Rutherford, NJ (I live right across the street from the Rutherford Train Station) and would be willing to drive a little out of the way to carpool.  I also can pick people up from the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY so that we can all carpool.

 

Driving Directions from the Westchester Area:

Go North on either Route 9 North or the Taconic State Parkway until Route 84 West.  After crossing the bridge over the Hudson River, continue on Route 84 West for 3/4 or 0.75 miles.  Take Exit 10S for NY-32 toward US-9W S/Newburgh. At the end of the ramp, make a left onto NY-32 North/North Plank Road.  Go 3 miles and then make a right at the Sunoco Gas Station onto NY-32 North.  Go 9.2 miles and then make a left onto NY-55 West/U.S. 44 West/Main Street.  Go 2.4 miles and then follow the road to the right to turn onto NY-55 West/US 44 East/Main Street.  Go a total of 9.4 miles on this road (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 Preserve, on the left side of the road).  Where we are parking is the second parking lot entrance (most likely the first entrance will be closed).  If only the first parking lot entrance is open, you can go in there and make your first right to get into the parking lot.  Please note that there is a charge of at least $8 per car.

Driving Directions from the New Rochelle Area:

1. Take the Hutchinson River Parkway North to Exit 13.

2. Take Exit 13 to merge onto Cross Country Parkway toward Saw Mill Parkway/Yonkers and take that for 1.9 miles to Exit 5-4 N-S Toward Central Ave/Interstate 87 Thruway.

3. Take Exit 4N for Central Ave toward I-87 North/Thruway.

4. Merge onto Central Park Avenue and then immediately merge onto I-87 North via the ramp on the left to Tappan Zee Bridge/Albany/I-4 North and take that for 73.2 miles to Exit 18.

5. Take Exit 18 for NY-299 toward New Paltz. After paying the toll, keep left at the fork, following signs for Route 299 West and immediately turn left onto NY-299 West/Main Street for 7.4 miles.

6. 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).

7. In another 5.6 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 Preserve, on the left side of the road.  Where we are parking is the second parking lot entrance (most likely the first entrance will be closed).  If only the first parking lot entrance is open, you can go in there and make your first right to get into the parking lot.  Please note that there is a charge of at least $8 per car.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great hike and wonderful group! Thanks Michael for organizing!

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Lucy

    Great hike! Good to see old friends and new friends! A fantastic group if people, couldn't have asked for a nicer day! Thanks Michael!

    May 19, 2013

  • Lucy

    Great hike! Wonderful to be out hiking again among old and new friends! The weather was just perfect! Dinner afterwards was a nice touch, allowed many if us to get to know each other a little more! Thanks Michael for all your great efforts in putting this one together! Thanks Sal and Michael for the ride! :)). Can't wait for the next one!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • John M. F.

    I had a great time.

    May 19, 2013

  • Ann

    Great weather and fun day. Thanks Michael for organizing!

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Kim

    Great Hike. Lots of laughs and love :)

    2 · May 18, 2013

  • Catherine L.

    What a great day. Welcome to our newcomers!

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Vitaly

    Was a great hike. It was nice to meet everyone.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Lucy

    My daughter woke up with a bad migraine headache, so she won't be able to make it. If there is anyone who is waiting for a spot, here is your chance!

    May 18, 2013

  • Rob S.

    I will take any opportunity to hike Minnewaska. I will drive from Fresh Meadows in Queens and can pick up three other passengers on my way north, let me know if you need a ride.

    March 29, 2013

    • Vitaly

      Rob, I was just able to make the list from the bottom of the wait list. I'm in Mamaroneck. Was wondering if you still have any room in your car so that I can carpool, if not and your car is crowded I can take some people in my car.

      May 17, 2013

    • Rob S.

      Vitally good morning and sorry for missing this last night. Apologies but I am full in my car but won't need the assist. Hope to see you in New Paltz.

      May 18, 2013

  • Mandy

    oh, I see Rob offered a ride to Lena. That's nice.
    Are there anybody who'd like to give me a ride or carpool?
    I can drive.

    May 17, 2013

    • Lucy

      Sorry Mandy, I'm not driving. Loll forward to meeting you at the hike!

      May 17, 2013

    • Vitaly

      Mandy, I am in Mamaroneck if you want to carpool

      May 17, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Just to confirm, the hike is beginning at 11:15 AM!!!

    May 17, 2013

  • Vitaly

    Wow, lots of cancellations. Didn't expect to make it from last on wait list. I am in Westchester/Mamaroneck anyone want to carpool. If anyone needs a ride I have a car also.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't find a ride:-(. I am in the Hawthorne-White Plains area....

    May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Rob, see you tomorrow!!!

      May 17, 2013

    • Rob S.

      Hi Lena. As discussed, see you Saturday 10am at I-287 Exit 4, Knollwood Road. Thanks!

      May 17, 2013

  • Mandy

    Hi Lena, I live in White Plains. Would you like to carpool for the hike tomorrow?
    email me if you still need a ride.

    May 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mandy, I am ridding with Rob but thanks so much for the offer. Hope to see you tomorrow:-)

      May 17, 2013

  • Michael W.

    For anyone interested, I will be coming from New Jersey and will be taking Route 17 North to Route 87 North (NY State Thruway). I have room for more people if anyone would like to carpool. I could even drive to the Palisades Center Mall and we can combine cars there.

    May 17, 2013

  • Mandy

    Can anybody put a specific address/ location that we'll meet so that my GPS can find the place?
    Thanks

    May 17, 2013

    • Michael W.

      Mandy -- What kind of GPS do you have? Most GPS units can enter coordinates

      May 17, 2013

  • Craig

    Sorry all weekend plans cancelled for unexpected work travel :-(

    May 17, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Unfortunately, the place we were going to have dinner can't accept a group that big. Does anyone know of any good places to eat in the area of the hike?

    May 16, 2013

    • Michael W.

      There is a restaurant called Coppola's La Fsantasia that has good reviews. It is about a half hour drive, but is on the way back home for all the Westchester folks. What does everyone think...here is the menu: http://www.idine.com/...­

      May 16, 2013

    • Rob S.

      An easy option is the Gilded Otter brewery just on the outskirts of New Paltz, first thing you hit on the left when you come into town off the mountain. It's a large restaurant but they'll be busy on Saturday night, so I'd look into making a reservation if we can. http://www.yelp.com/b...­

      1 · May 16, 2013

  • Isabel

    I'm sorry but I can't make it, have fun.

    May 16, 2013

  • Marlene B.

    I think I'll pass on this 1, it's a long beautiful hike-and should be enjoyed. After-just want to enjoy the ride home-take a shower and give Boris a bath and look at pictures. Hopefully next time.

    April 9, 2013

    • Michael

      Marlene, no fair! We're supposed to be in this together!!!

      May 14, 2013

    • Marlene B.

      I kinda overbooked myself, I cannot do dinner and then the driving not sure! Would love to see ya's!!!!

      May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Michael,

    I am glad I can attend. I will be carpooling with Christine.

    May 15, 2013

  • Mark M.

    I've decided to cancel. Good news for whoever's on the wait list, as it'll open up a spot. See you all next time. Have a great hike! :)

    May 14, 2013

    • Christine P

      No Mark-don't do it!! We'll miss u :-)

      May 14, 2013

  • John M. F.

    Michael-as we discussed,I can carpool on Sat. May 18. Please contact me. Thanks.

    May 12, 2013

    • Michael W.

      It is approximately an hour and a half drive. However, I am not from Westchester County so in the future, questions like these will be best answered by Google

      May 14, 2013

    • Catherine L.

      It is 90 minutes from Tarrytown which is the beginning of the Tappan Zee but Michael is right because it depends on where you are coming from. Other routes may be better. Check googlemaps.

      May 14, 2013

  • Michael W.

    For dinner after the hike, I was thinking of Restaurante Cafe 32, 1151 Route 32, Plattekill, NY 12568

    We can get a coupon for it and they have a diverse menu.

    The description says: Enjoy the finest in Spanish and Mediterranean entrees prepared impeccably in a very charming old world setting. The extensive menu includes steaks, chicken, fish, and pasta prepared in the finest tradition. Paella, arroz con pollo and arroz con camarones are the most traditional dishes of Spain, and our specialty. Each order takes a minimum of 35 minutes for preparation.

    It is 15 minutes from the hike site, but it is on the way home. What does everyone think?

    April 29, 2013

    • Craig

      restaurant.com coupons often require large additional purchase. Sometimes a good deal. Place sounds nice but how about a more casual place, after all we will be coming from a warm day long hike.

      May 14, 2013

    • Michael W.

      Depending on how many of the people decide to go to dinner, it will at least cover tax and tip. If people would rather go to a casual place, I am open to either.

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Vitaly

    How strict are you guys on the numbers ? I am on the waiting list and would like to do this hike. I'm in Mamaroneck and would be happy to carpool.

    May 13, 2013

    • Michael W.

      For this hike, we will be pretty strict because having more than 25 people will slow down the group and make the hike be extra long. Most likely, I would say that spots will open up as the hike gets closer. A lot of people who originally signed up will realize they can no longer go and change their RSVP.

      May 13, 2013

  • Steve

    Hi.......anyone driving from Central or North Jersey/Rockland County that wants to carpool?

    May 12, 2013

  • Karlyn

    +1

    May 11, 2013

  • Isabel

    I'm in the Briarcliff-Ossining area, anybody interested in carpooling?

    May 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Isabel, I am in Hawthorne, maybe we can carpool.

      May 1, 2013

    • Isabel

      Hello Lena, carpooling sounds good, lets talk about it.

      May 4, 2013

  • Ashley

    I'm sorry I've got to back out; last min trip out of town. Have fun!

    May 4, 2013

  • Kim

    Hello all! I live in Pelham so group #1 works for me! Any plan guys? I would love to carpool.

    April 30, 2013

    • Rob S.

      Great, see you there Kim. Carl, I've got room for you and will hold a space.-Rob

      May 2, 2013

    • Rob S.

      Also, have room for one more from New Rochelle or nearby if anyone still needs a ride.-R

      May 2, 2013

  • Karlyn

    + 1 guest

    1 · May 1, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Based on where everyone has listed as their location on this meetup page, the following carpools may seem logical:

    1. Lucy, Carl, Sal, Mike, and Ashley -- New Rochelle area
    2. Inga and Kim -- New York, NY area
    3. Lena, Christine P, Arlene, and David -- Harrison/Mamaroneck area
    4. Ann and Craig -- Stamford/New Canaan, CT area
    5. Janet R and Hatice -- White Plains area
    6. Karlyn and Catherine L -- Mount Kisco area
    7. Dana, Isabel, Lou Rejas, and Randy -- Pleasantville/Briarcliff Manor/Ossining area

    April 30, 2013

    • Isabel

      Thanks Michael, I'm ok with carpooling.

      April 30, 2013

    • Michael W.

      Please note: I simply put what looked like logical carpools. It is now up to each person to contact each other to arrange the actual spot to meet up.

      1 · April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work that day.

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to back out, I am working that day.

    April 30, 2013

  • Suzie

    sorry I will not be able to join you. Have a great time.

    April 25, 2013

  • Debbie G

    Unfortunately I've made other plans for that day. Have fun. You should Also know that day is the cupcake festival in New Paltz (or near there).

    April 15, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Would anyone be interested in going to a drive-in movie theater after dinner and after the hike?

    1 · April 9, 2013

    • Catherine L.

      I am leaning toward no. Will probably want to head home for a hot shower. I'm not as young as you!!!

      1 · April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't think Drive-ins were still around. What a surprise. I am on the waitlist, so not sure.

    April 9, 2013

  • Barbara

    My husband surprised me with a trip to Florida that week! Have fun!

    April 2, 2013

  • Marlene B.

    Mike you do remember this is approx a 5 hour hike with beautiful stops along the way. We did it in 5 hrs just the two of us. Your not allowing enough time to enjoy the hike like with Harriman.

    April 2, 2013

    • Lucy

      Marlene, 5 hrs just the two of you? Wow! 23 people??hmm... Bring your sleeping bag!! ;). Are we really doing dinner after? If so, then I will have reconsider bringing the pooches.

      1 · April 2, 2013

    • Michael W.

      Remember that the sun does not go down until 8:13 PM. I also gave us 6 hours for the hike.

      April 2, 2013

  • Inga M

    Happy Holidays to all!

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Inga M

    Can me & Tamar carpool with someone from New Rochelle area?

    March 29, 2013

    • Rob S.

      No problem- happy to help, just let me know. :-)

      March 30, 2013

    • Inga M

      Thanks very much!

      March 31, 2013

  • Inga M

    Happy Esater to all of you! Enjoy the nice weather!

    March 31, 2013

  • Lucy

    Yayyy! cant wait to See the waterfalls!... and you to Michael! Would anyone like to carpool from the New Rochelle area? I'll be happy to drive.

    March 30, 2013

    • Lucy

      Marlene I can't wait to see you as well! Is Boris coming? Should I bring Guinness or Stella?

      2 · March 31, 2013

    • Marlene B.

      hahah as I was reading I saw Guinness I thought OH YEA!! But when I saw Stella I remem your pups names LOLOL Yes! Boris is coming!!! Bring them and Happy Easter!!!!

      1 · March 31, 2013

  • Pat

    I'm already busy this day, but I have hiked this area many, many moons ago. It is spectacular and breathtaking (due to the scenery, not the hiking!) Have fun, and I can't wait to see the photos.

    March 30, 2013

  • Yufang

    I have to work that day! So sorry to miss it :(

    March 29, 2013

    • Marlene B.

      Boris and I will defiantly miss you and Brownie hope to see you soon!!!!!

      March 29, 2013

    • Catherine L.

      Ditto...you will be missed.

      March 29, 2013

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  • Michael W.
    Water feature lover; Was This Photo From Our Hike? Photo doubter, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Karlyn +1
  • Sal +1
    Rarely changes profile picture; extraordinary photographer
  • Jen +1
  • Lucy
    Likes to name her dogs after beers!
  • David
    Tissue Dropper (But Only Once); Wine Lover
  • Ann
  • Kim
    Thinks purple is the new fad for hiking boots
  • Catherine L.
    Springsteen Verse Singer, Superb Hike Leader & Camera Mounter, Organizer
  • Christine P
    Likes to steal parking spaces
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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