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Minnewaska Hike, Gertrude's Nose RePicked!!

  • May 5, 2012 · 9:00 AM

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we go here again?? I love this hike, and lots of good smells...... Please, can I get on the really big rock next time????? YIKES!!!!

    May 13, 2012

  • David

    Beautiful hike with a great bunch of hikers. We kidnapped some guy named Sang , ate his doughnut and persuaded him to become one of us. By definition we are now a Cult.

    May 7, 2012

  • Sue

    Awesome day! One of my favorite hikes fantastic views and incredible rocks!

    May 6, 2012

  • Sang

    Couldn't get enough and went back into the park today to check out Lake Awasting... so pretty... almost surreal.

    May 6, 2012

  • Susy

    A great hike with spectacular views! It was a good workout with old friends and new friends as well...I love to be close to nature! :-) Thanks Sheryl

    May 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, not too challenging, with wonderful people!

    May 6, 2012

  • Sang

    I randomly bumped into this group of people while hiking and just couldn't pry myself away from them. Either that or I just needed someone to take photos of me with the pretty landscape, even though they were charging $10 a shot. The trail was great and the scenery was awesome. Probably my favorite hike so far to be honest. Hope to join again sometime in the summer!

    May 6, 2012

  • Jim S.

    Minnewaska is always a great place to hike. A lot of fun with a great group of hikers.

    May 6, 2012

  • Wally

    It was a hazy day to start that just kept getting better.

    May 6, 2012

  • Patty

    Awesome day. All the hikers were open and fun. Looking forward to my next meetup with the group Thanks Sheryl

    May 6, 2012

  • Sue K.

    Sang... it was a fun day today! Thanks for the treat at lunch, it was good. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    May 5, 2012

  • Pat

    Sang.... Great that you joined us. Please come again!

    May 5, 2012

  • Pat

    Fun day!! A bit overcast.... but that made it not so hot. Lots of great new folks, hope they come again. Eats and beer always a treat afterwards. Thanks Sheryl!

    May 5, 2012

  • Sang

    Found you guys- just wanted to say thanks again for a great hike! One for the memories.

    1 · May 5, 2012

  • Sue K.

    It was a wonderful day today. The views were spectacular, the group was a lot of fun and we picked up a hiker named Sang along the way. Great meal after too!

    May 5, 2012

  • Sheryl

    This has become my new favorite hike. It has so many different 'habitats', it's always changing and (I feel) it really is more doable than other moderate/strenuous hikes. We picked up a great fellow along the way, cool!! A great great great group today, including a whole bunch of new people whom I REALLY hope we see again!!!! We enjoyed a great meal afterwards at Bacchus in New Paltz, and of course a bonus trip to Pegasus for a great new (strange) pair of shoes. Thank you all for making this a great day!!! Don't forget a tick check tonight!!!

    May 5, 2012

  • Sue K.

    You can put the 1st aid kit in my pack tomorrow...

    May 4, 2012

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