Minnewaska Preserve: Millbrook Mountain and Gertrude’s Nose

  • May 31, 2014 · 10:00 AM

Join us for a brisk moderate mid-spring loop hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve.

Minnewaska lies in the Shawangunk Mountains. This strikingly unique landscape was created by an abrupt upward folding of the earth's crust.  What makes the Ulster County Shawangunks unique is the white quartzite conglomerate that caps this part of the ridge and protects the soft, underlying shales from erosion. This cap-rock forms the ridge-top escarpment, the enormous vertical cliffs for which the northern Shawangunks are famous.  Our hike will wind through vast dwarf pitch pine barrens, huckleberries, and mountain laurel bringing us to a beautiful view atop Millbrook Mountain.  We’ll then hike along the escarpment to a viewpoint at Gertrude’s Nose named after Gertrude Bruyn, a 17th century settler of Dutch descent.  From there, we’ll make our way back enjoying overlooks of the Palmaghatt Ravine.

Location: Meet at the Lake Minnewaska upper parking lot.

Please note, there are nicely maintained bathrooms at the Park Office which is 1.1 miles east of the Minnewaska entrance on the opposite side of the road.

Difficulty: Moderate - Brisk. Because the group size is restricted for this area, I will be selecting participants from the waiting list, and priority will be given to those who have hiked frequently with the group (and me) previously.

Distance:  6.5 to 7.0 Miles

Estimated Time: 4 Hours

Trail Map: NY/NJ TC #104

Google Map link for directions to parking area:


Equipment: Sturdy hiking shoes. Water -- at least two liters. Hiking poles if needed. Headlamp or flashlight. Trail map. Fully charged cell phone.

Guests: No guests for this hike. All hikers must be members of WHMG.

Day-of-hike cellphone #: You must provide me with a day-of-hike cellphone # or risk having your RSVP cancelled.

Dog policy: No dogs should be brought on this hike.

Weather: Thunderstorms cancel.

Important general notes about WHMG hikes:


Trivia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnewaska_State_Park_Preserve

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  • SheShe

    Thanks to both Toma nd Sally leading this hike. Stunning!

    June 1, 2014

  • Timuze

    Thanks for a great hike and it was really special to see my old friends again.

    June 1, 2014

    • SheShe

      hey who you calling old!?!?!

      1 · June 1, 2014

  • Teri

    Thank you, Tom, for leading a great hike. Perfect weather and great company.

    May 31, 2014

  • Cristina

    Its been a wonderful day! Thank you Tom for leading and guiding this hike. Nice meeting everyone.

    May 31, 2014

  • Patrizia

    Definitely worth it waiting a few days...in order to get a simply perfect day! Thank you, Tom!

    May 31, 2014

  • Carol

    Thank you, Tom for leading! Minnewaska is one of my favorite places....it's so beautiful!

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Colleen

    Some directions to the letterbox:

    May 31, 2014

  • Colleen

    Thanks Tom for leading this hike - it is one of my favorites - the weather, views and company were all fantastic today. And, Sally - thanks for organizing the after-hike festivities - the food was good! Enjoy tomorrow and find the letterbox!

    May 31, 2014

  • Susan

    Tom, thank you for a great day! What a beautiful place to hike.

    1 · May 31, 2014

  • Tom

    Hello Everyone, It looks like we'll have a perfect hiking day tomorrow. As far as after-hike refreshments, I'm not exactly sure when we'll finish, so I haven't made a reservation. A couple suggestions are The Mountain Brauhaus[masked], and The Gilded Otter[masked]-1700. Maybe someone has other suggestions as well?

    May 30, 2014

    • SheShe

      Def not Gilded Otter we go there all the time.- good beer, terrible food; What did Sally suggest- I know she mentioned a couple of places last time.

      May 30, 2014

    • Tom

      I think she also mentioned that Bacchus place

      May 30, 2014

  • ovral

    Unfortunately with the new date I will not be able to attend. Wknd to work.

    May 12, 2014

    • Tom

      Thank you for updating your RSVP. We hope to see you on the next one!

      May 12, 2014

  • Tina

    On my calendar. Hope the 31st is a spectacular day!

    May 10, 2014

  • Tom

    Hello Everyone, We're going to postpone this outing. The national weather service says "Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%." We really didn't want to postpone, but it will be a nicer hike on a fair weather day.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Carol

    Chance of rain is now 40% instead of 60%!

    May 9, 2014

  • Peter

    The Man says that we need a special permit for groups of 25 or more, so headcount will be restricted for this hike, hence the large and growing waitlist. If you are on the going list and don't attend, you will be taking a spot away from someone who wants to go. Please cancel your RSVP at your earliest convenience if your plans have changed in the interim.

    April 14, 2014

  • Patrizia

    I have been following the weather forecast and couldn't help seeing T-storms and showers happening on Saturday. Tom (since you are the leader for this one)... what are your thoughts about it...?

    May 8, 2014

    • Tom

      Let's see what tomorrow's weather forecast brings. Rain, rain, go away...

      2 · May 8, 2014

  • Carina

    I'd like to give up my spot for 10 am

    May 6, 2014

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