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.
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. 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. There are a lot of ups and downs, don't be misled, you really need to be in good shape for this hike.
Dress in layers, bring water, hat, sunglasses, bug stuff, first aid, LUNCH, and don't forget your camera. Hiking boots (waterproof?) mandatory. If you'd like to carry my Official First Aid kit I am happy to have you do so!! Thank you in advance. If you have interesting health issues please let me know in advance.
I will bring Max, if you have a dog who would like to join us, bring him/her along! They must be leashed at Minnewaska and in a possibly hot car at our afterwardsing meal.
There is a $8 per car fee for parking. We can carpool from New Paltz or Newburgh, or meet at the parking lot of Minnewaska. Carpool would start at 8:20 in Newburgh in the Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lot at the Newburgh Mall. In New Paltz meet in the Park and Ride just past the New Paltz thruway tollbooth at 8:40, or 9:00 at Minnewaska. Put 'carpool' in your RSVP. Please don't be late, early is good!
Meet at the upper top parking lot with the building and lovely comfort stations. Go straight and UP when you go in the gate.....
Carpoolers please split the parking fee and contribute to the gas.
Light rain or shine. Check your computer before you leave if you have doubts about the weather. ALL HIKES ARE AT YOUR OWN RISK. $2 Meetup fee.