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Minnewaska - the lake, 80' Awosting Falls & streams - 8-9 miles - NYC train

** Microspikes are a must and  should be available as part of your gear for this hike.

Contact:  Mike Clancy  [masked]

Metro-North - There is a 6:43am train from Grand Central that arrives in Beacon about 8:16am. I live nearby and could pick up a couple for the ride to Mohonk.  If interested, you must call or text me in advance (not through Meetup messaging).  

The Hike:  ** This is a winter hike and everyone should have foot traction**.  We start hiking from the Peter's Kill parking lot on Rt. 44/55 at 9:15am. Please arrive earlier than that. This will be a fun, moderately-paced hike through a truly beautiful area of the Shawangunks.  Hikers must be able to follow the trails on their own if behind the main group.  Most of the trails are relatively easy but there are several short, but steep, uphills on the SRT trail.  From the parking lot, we'll take the Bull Wheel Trail to the blue SRT trail. We'll turn left on the SRT  and take in the views from Compass Rock and various ledges and cross scenic Peter's Kill. After several miles, we'll then take a detour to cross Rt.44/55 into Minnewaska State Park. Turn left in the park towards entrance booth and follow the paved road to the stream. We'll take the orange trail up to see Lake Minnewaska and take a lunch break. We'll then double back to the awesome Awosting waterfall.  After leaving the falls, we'll take a carriage road for about 1 mile and then left on woods trails. We'll cross Rt. 44/55 again and enter the Peter's Kill parking area. 

Distance: approx. 8 - 9  miles                   

Elevation Gain:  Approx  1,600 feet

Duration: Approx 4.5  hours including stops.

Difficulty:  Moderate; several short, steep uphills. Packed snow conditions can be expected on most trails.

Gear:   Microspikes at minimum;  Clothing for changing temps; water; lunch/snacks. 

Map:  NY-NJ Trail Conference Map #105;  Avenza app; or similar maps or app

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 You are responsible for bringing appropriate gear, supplies, clothing, first aid, and lights. You should review topographic maps and trail features carefully; understanding topography of any hike is key to your knowing where you are, where you're going, and how to get back. 

See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.

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  • Shiva R I.

    Well-organized and enjoyable hike! Great views on the trail. Amazing weather.

    1 · 5 days ago

    • Shiva R I.

      Thanks to Mike! And all others too, for the great company.

      5 days ago

    • Shiva R I.

      Will be posting pictures soon.

      1 · 4 days ago

  • Lance C.

    The hikers milled about expectantly in the parking lot as the hike leader softly explained the what was going to be. Soon the hikers were off and running. The pace was fast as if the hikers were chasing some elusive prey that they never caught sight of. Up, up and further up they climbed through snowy wooded mountains scenes. Leg and lungs burning while sweat ran down their laughing faces. Oh what a day! As the hikers pressed on they were rewarded with gurgling streams, a frozen waterfall and a blue sky that was as Blue as they had ever seen... Their clever hike leader coaxed them down and then up, up, up and further up extra trails for the sheer exuberance of being on the trail! Unexpectedly a good natured snowball fight broke out on the last up. White snowbombs flying and hitting the mark. Hahaha! Then Miss Gravity took the hikers gently by the hand and led them down off the high places, down, down, down and around before leaving them gently at the place they had started from. Happy Trail.

    2 · 4 days ago

  • Maggie S.

    Thank you Chief for organizing today's perfect weather hike... yes great company beautiful surroundings .. it was nice to meet you all..

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Mike C.

    Nice hiking conditions with a great group! Thanks to everyone for coming!!

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Pieta

    Ok :)

    5 days ago

  • Pieta

    I have a new phone that is not working ....just give me a time...is that ok....

    6 days ago

    • Gregory

      Pieta, that's tough, i don't want to risk arriving late so I'm going to go on my own. Hope to see you there.

      6 days ago

  • Pieta

    Yes that'd be cool...want to meet at the poughkeepsie station....?

    6 days ago

    • Gregory

      That's fine. What is your cell number? I will text you so we can coordinate.

      6 days ago

  • Pieta

    Anyone going from poughkeepsie ...

    6 days ago

    • Gregory

      Pieta, I'm coming from Wappingers so if you want to carpool let me know.

      6 days ago

  • Jaycee G.

    Will this hike require snowshoes?

    6 days ago

    • Mike C.

      Trails are packed down. No snowshoes. Microspikes are a must.

      6 days ago

  • keith

    Looking for a shared ride from Manhattan ir nearby location. Thx.

    6 days ago

    • keith

      Looking to join a ride. Lower Manhattan. Thx.

      6 days ago

    • Jen S.

      Can you text me and help me figure it out the details?[masked]

      6 days ago

  • Johnny W.

    Mike, I assume you are aware that many of the carriage roads around the Lake are closed to hikers, as they are groomed for Xcountry skiing. I was up there today. But I believe Awosting Falls Carriage Rd is Ok to hike. Peters Kill trails are broken and microspikes are fine. Snowshoes were allowed on the Beacon Hill Carriage Rd, but I had to break trail once on the Beacon Hill Trail. Weather looks great! Should be a fabulous day. Enjoy.

    6 days ago

  • Mike C.

    Forecast for this hike looks great! Mostly sunny, temps rising from 30 to about 45 degrees. There is poor cell service at the Peter's Kill lot. If anyone needs to contact me, call or text me before 8:45am. Starting at 9:15am. If you arrive late and the group is gone, catch up by taking the trail into the woods from the parking lot for a few hundred feet and turn right onto the white Bull Wheel Trail. Then left onto blue SRT.

    6 days ago

  • Doug J.

    Mike -do we need snowshoes for this hike ?

    6 days ago

    • Mike C.

      Microspikes should be fine. Trails were pretty well packed down a few days ago.

      6 days ago

  • Jen S.

    Can I bring dog? She's done minnewaska with me before but she's leashed only

    6 days ago

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