Let's celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a Gertrude's Nose hike. I'm considering changing the group name to the Gertrude's Nose Hikers....just kidding, but OK, maybe not.... :-)
This 9 (?) mile hike has the most excellent views of all of our hikes. The rocks are just SOOOOOO cool, I can't get enough. Experienced hikers welcome, please no beginners. We will dine in New Paltz afterwards, location TBD.
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, 9 miles, TONS of views and great places. It's roughly 20% on carriage roads, 80% on hiking trails.
This is not a hike for beginners. This is an intermediate hike with a difficulty level of strenuous. 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.
NEW: I don't mind opening this also up to those that might want to just do the carriage roads, that is PLAN B. You will be on your own, but you will NOT get lost. You can go as far as you want, and hang out when you are done or walk around New Paltz while you wait for us to finish. We are going to be a while. :-)
Hiking in hot weather dictates that you MUST hydrate before the hike and bring LOTS of water. Drink extra the day before and bring more water than you think you will need. A nifty Frogg Toggs cooling towel will be your friend, or a wet face cloth in a ziplock bag.
Dress in layers, bring water, hat, sunglasses, first aid, bug stuff, tissues, and don't forget your camera. Hiking boots mandatory.
Dogs are welcome. They must be leashed at Minnewaska (park rules). Please consider the hot car afterwards, bring water and you may want to skip the dining part.
CARPOOL INFO: There is a $8 per car fee for parking. We can carpool from 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 begin (leave at) 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. Carpoolers please split the parking fee and contribute to the gas. If it's a gorgeous day parking could be an issue and we may get separated if you are not with the carpoolers. Cell service is tricky up there.
After the hike please DO NOT TOUCH THE GOOD TO SEE YOU BUTTONS!!! Bad weather changes things. 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. $2 Meetup fee except if you are a new friend or over 50 events with me, your adventure is free. :-) Happy day!!