Guess what?? Gertrude's Nose!!! Yeah!!!

This is my favorite hike and I can't see the calendar without a GN hike scheduled. It has the most excellent views, varied terrain, no strenuous stuff (besides ups and downs and distance and the last part that is hard because you may be tired), did I say excellent views???? The rocks are just SOOOOOO cool, I can't get enough.

Lake Minnewaska is a wonderful place to share with friends, and Gertrude's Nose is an AMAZING hike. This will be on carriage roads and on nice hiking trails, 7 1/2 miles, TONS of views and great places. It's roughly 20% on carriage roads, 80% on hiking trails. If it's hot you may want to do the final part on carriage trails and avoid the Trail of Tears, but you'll also miss the cool stream that we will rest at before the Miserable Up.

Summer tip: Get yourself a Frogg Toggs cooling towel or bring a wet face cloth in a ziplock bag. Bring a change of shoes/shirt for afterwards.

This is an intermediate hike with a difficulty level of moderate to strenuous. I think I was so distracted by the views and the way cool natural stuff that it didn't seem difficult to me (except if it's hot, which is a good possibility......). There are no horrible ups or downs but rock scrambling and narrow ledges/rock crevices could be an issue if you are not comfortable with these or are scared of heights. The last part of it is the worst, but you'll get past it and there is a lake at the end to soak your tired tootsies in, and we will have a good rest before the last mile......There are a lot of ups and downs, don't be misled, you really need to be in good shape for this hike. It is only for beginners who are in very good shape.

Dress in layers, bring water, hat, suntan lotion, bug stuff, sunglasses, first aid, LUNCH, tissues, and don't forget your camera. Hiking boots mandatory. Dress in layers. Part of the trail is seasonally wet, it's really like a stream when the water is running. If you have interesting health issues please let me know in advance.

Being properly prepared means being hydrated before and during the hike, drink plenty of water the day before and the morning of the hike. You MUST bring lots of water, this is a long hike especially if it's a hot day.

Dogs are welcome if well behaved and under control if off leash. They must be leashed at Minnewaska (park rules). We will likely dine afterwards in New Paltz. Caution if you bring a dog, hot cars kill.

CARPOOL INFO: There is a $8 per car fee for parking. We can carpool from New Paltz or Newburgh, or meet at the upper parking lot of Minnewaska. For friends who are close to Minnewaska we can also collect you from the large lot opposite the Mountain Brauhaus restaurant at the intersection of 299 and 44/55 before you start up the mountain. Carpool would start at 8:40 in Newburgh in the Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot at the Newburgh Mall. or 9:15 at Mt. Brauhaus, or 9:30 at Minnewaska. Put 'carpool' in your RSVP and the location. Please don't be late, early is good!

Meet at the upper top parking lot. Go straight and UP when you go in the gate.....the parking lots get crowded early, especially if it's a gorgeous day. If you're with the carpoolers you won't get separated or lost if the upper lot is full. You may not get to find us if you aren't with us or can't call me if you can't park with us.

Carpoolers please split the parking fee and contribute to the gas.

After the hike please DO NOT TOUCH THE GOOD TO SEE YOU BUTTONS!!! Check your computer before you leave if you have doubts about the weather. ALL HIKES ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK and you will need to sign a liability waiver to participate. Please send me your cell, I will return with mine. Please, no texts. Cell service is questionable up at Minnewaska, another good reason to carpool, you won't be lost and phone service-less!! :-) $2 Meetup fee except if you are a new friend, your first event is free. :-) Happy day!!

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  • Sheryl

    I do believe the fat caterpillar was a luna moth-to-be. They can grow to 9 cm. :-)

    August 12, 2013

    • Les

      I have heard of them, but never seen one in real life. thats is really kool.

      August 12, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Thanks for another great hike. I never get tired of Minnewaska.

    August 12, 2013

  • CHARLIE V.

    Another great hike with great people.Hope Breakneck is as much fun.Thanks Sheryl!

    August 11, 2013

  • Wally

    This is a great hike and we had a great group.

    August 11, 2013

  • Bill M.

    What a great day Sheryl - and group. The only concern - you keep spoiling us with these kinds of hikes, groups & post-hike eatery gatherings - how can we even consider doing something else?? And Yay for your already scheduled Fall Gertrude's Nose!!!

    August 11, 2013

  • TomDee

    Thanks Sheryl, you did it again. Great hiking, enthusiastic people, panoramic vista and beautiful weather made for a wonderful day.

    August 11, 2013

  • Les

    Gotta Love the NOSE!! always great to spend a day of hiking with so many fun an special friends.. The Nose is always a fantastic hike but with all of you misfits along it makes it even more special!!! joining this great group has to be one high point in my life. So here to you all.. an Sheryl, without you none of it would ever have happened. BIG HUGS !! you even made a silly birthday song special.

    August 10, 2013

  • Brooks

    Great day indeed. GN is the premier hike for me. Really enjoyed my time with each member of our group. Sheryl, thanks for the hike, the nature gift, and please thank my mystery window decorator!

    August 10, 2013

  • Sheryl

    It's always a policy that we can be +/- 10%.....today we started out 11 and ended up 14!! 'Twas a glorious weather day, add a dozen or so great wanderers, add a heaping helping of good food at the end and you have a recipe for a GREAT DAY!!!! The BIG FAT green caterpillar on the Millbrook trail was VERY COOL, I can't wait to find out what he was. Thanks all for coming out, and an extra to Louise for keeping me company back and forth again:-).

    August 10, 2013

  • Milo

    Late! In New Paltz, hope I catch you on trails!

    August 10, 2013

  • Pat I.

    Not feeling well today- sorry to miss the hike

    August 10, 2013

  • Sheryl

    'Lake Minnewaska and the beginning of Millbrook Carriage Road will have numerous pieces of heavy equipment transporting materials to Hamilton Point Carriage Road. Please be alert for construction vehicles on these Carriage Roads and yield to the construction vehicles during this project.'
    This sounds like we will be able to take our usual route, but if not please bring your Adventure Hat and please enjoy whatever alternate route we may take!!!! And big machinery is always fun in my opinion!!! I could use a good bulldozer...... :-) :-) :-)

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you mention lunch

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All, I am soooo sorry - but, will not be able to attend.... family matter arose - hope to make the next outing - here is the state park updates just for your info - not sure if this impacts your trail hike: The Blueberry Run bridge and High Peterskill footbridge have been replaced. The Mossy Glen footbridge crossing the Peter's kill stream remains out. Please use caution at stream crossings. Access through the stream may not be possible during high water events.
    The Hamilton Point Carriage Road project is scheduled to start in July 2013. Hamilton Point Carriage Road will be closed to all users for the duration. Beginning of Millbrook Carriage Road will have numerous pieces of heavy equipment transporting materials to Hamilton Point Carriage Road.

    August 9, 2013

    • Sheryl

      Thanks for the info Lisa, sorry you can't make it. We will be taking the carriage road to start, I'll check it out in the morning. Thanks again!!!

      August 9, 2013

  • Brooks

    Carpool from Mt. Brauhaus.

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you mention lunch

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks! looking forward to it - Also, I have a friend from the city visiting that weekend and will be joining.... Is that okay?

    August 5, 2013

  • Susy

    Hi Sheryl sorry to cancel but I'm going to Cape Cod with my daughter. Have a great hike! I'll do the next nose hike, I know you'll do it again :-)

    August 4, 2013

    • Sheryl

      Have a wonderful time, if you get to Truro you have to visit Atlantic Spice Company!!! :-)

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • Susy

      Thanks Sheryl! My brother, his wife, and some of their friends are staying in Truro this week so I'll definitely be going there. I'll look for the Spice Company. Enjoy the hike everyone, see ya when I get back! :-)

      August 6, 2013

  • jan n.

    sorry guys next time

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I meet Mountain Brauhaus and then follow to someone?

    July 5, 2013

    • Sheryl

      Absolutely, or carpool and save $8. See you then!! :-)

      August 5, 2013

  • Les

    i am a maybe..

    August 4, 2013

  • Deborah S.

    Sorry have to be in CT

    July 30, 2013

  • Sheryl

    Yeah!! New policy, no Meetup fee if you've attended 50 events between this group and Newburgh Area Kayakers. Happy day!! :-)

    June 30, 2013

  • Louise M.

    Will carpool from Newburgh. I have an Empire pass.

    June 27, 2013

  • Deborah S.

    Would like to carpool at Bed N Bath in Newburgh

    June 23, 2013

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