Minnewaska State Park - Awosting Falls, Castle Point, & Rainbow Falls 

A long but fairly easy walk through Minnewaska State Park, stretching from Lake Minnewaska almost all the way to Lake Awosting. Fantastic views along the central part of the Shawangunk Ridge. Be prepared to see a lot of mountain bikers along the carriage roads.

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Author: Dodster77
Date: 7 Sep 2009 10:30:00 AM
Activity: Hiking
State: New York (NY)
Distance: 8.3 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1665 ft
Total Loss: 1663 ft
Net Change: 2 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Kerhonkson, New Paltz, New York, New York City, Orange County, Shawangunk, Shawangunk Ridge
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

My daughters and I did this hike on Labor Day of '09.  In truth, its more of a long walk (a VERY long walk for an 8 year old!) along the central portion of the Shawangunk Ridge.  There are fantastic views over Lake Minnewaska, Palmaghatt Ravine, the Hudson Valley, and northwards towards the Catskills.  You'll also see Awosting Falls and Rainbow Falls along the way.  The trails are fairly well marked.  There are a couple of small rock scrambles which are suitable for younger children with little climbing experience.

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Points of Interest

Minnewaska State Park Entrance

Location: 41.735310, -74.239125

Lake Awosting or Lower Parking Area

Location: 41.734830, -74.243803
Parking here makes for a more strenuous initial climb, but places your car right at the end of the hike. Walk back towards the park entrance, cross the entry road and turn right. The path to Awosting Falls will be ahead on your left.

Awosting Falls Trail & Trapps Rd.

Location: 41.734221, -74.238589
Follow the carriage road to the left and walk down to Awosting Falls. Afterwards, retrace your steps back up the hill. Pick up the Scenic Sunset Carriageway (Orange Trail Markers) up the hill towards the upper parking area for Lake Minnewaska.

Lakeshore Road

Location: 41.727992, -74.237580
Follow the signs down to the small beach (lifeguards on duty during the summer). Then follow the road back up the hill towards Castle Point Carriage Road.

Castle Point Carriage Road

Location: 41.724693, -74.238074
Turn right, away from the lake, and begin the walk out to Castle Point. The carriage road is obvious, and you will also see Blue Diamond Trail Markers.

Power Lines

Location: 41.709429, -74.255905

Castle Point

Location: 41.703550, -74.273425
From here, pick up the Aqua Blazes of the Long Path along Battlement Terrace

Battlement Terrace

Location: 41.704888, -74.274101
Continue to follow the Aqua Blazes of the Long Path.

Litchfield Ledge

Location: 41.706714, -74.279112
Continue to follow the Aqua Blazes of the Long Path.

Awosting Lake Carriage Road Intersection

Location: 41.713802, -74.275464
Cross over the carriage road, and continue your walk on the Long Path towards Rainbow Falls.

Rainbow Falls

Location: 41.714891, -74.277449
The falls may not be running, depending on the amount of rain there has been. Turn right and continue to follow the Long Path up and over the ridgeline towards the Peter's Kill Carriage Road.

Peter's Kill Carriage Road

Location: 41.717790, -74.279959
Leave the Long Path and turn right onto Peter's Kill Carriage Road. The road is obvious, but is also marked with Black Diamond Trail Markers.

Blueberry Run Trail

Location: 41.722515, -74.267213
Turn right onto Blueberry Run Trail and cross a footbridge over the Peter's Kill.

Mossy Glen Trail

Location: 41.720978, -74.266012
After only a couple hundred yards, turn left and follow the Yellow Blazes of Mossy Glen Trail.

Mossy Glen Trail

Location: 41.733917, -74.245412
The trail will cross back over the Peter's Kill on a foot bridge, and will intersect with the Peter's Kill Carriage Road near the parking lot.

Awosting Falls

Location: 41.734718, -74.236980

Patterson's Pellet

Location: 41.715067, -74.245927
Patterson's Pellet (a glacial erratic) as seen from across Palmaghat Ravine.

Looking towards "Gertrude's Nose"

Location: 41.707715, -74.259188

Castle Point Carriage Road

Location: 41.706097, -74.261119

Lake Awosting as seen from Castle Point

Location: 41.703982, -74.273694

Battlement Terrace

Location: 41.704783, -74.273715

Litchfield Ledge

Location: 41.705905, -74.277728

Rainbow Falls

Location: 41.715147, -74.279079
It's been a little dry here. No rainbows and not much 'falls'!

Mossy Glen Trail Sign

Location: 41.720913, -74.266977

The Peter's Kill

Location: 41.727800, -74.252601

Minnewaska State Park Trail Sign

Location: 41.733789, -74.243975

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