Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Ulster County, New York

I joined the Jewish Outdoors Club for this trip to Ulster County, about 80 miles northwest of New York City. I drove through Manhattan picking up three other hikers on the way. We were told to arrive at the park at 10:00 a.m., and that we would begin hiking promptly at 10:30 a.m. We arrived right at 10:00 a.m., though the group ended up waiting on stragglers (as always happens, despite the threats to the contrary), and we didn’t begin hiking until around 10:40 a.m.

10:47 a.m.: We began hiking south (counterclockwise) on the red trail (Lake Minnewaska Carriageway), traveling along the west side of Lake Minnewaska. The fall colors continue to impress.

Fall Colors, Lake Minnewaska, Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Fall colors along Lake Minnewaska

I haven’t mastered picking an exposure when there is a sharp contrast between the sky and the foreground. Either the foreground is well-exposed but the sky is overexposed and washed out, or else (as here), the sky is well-exposed but the foreground is too dark. Maybe someday I’ll learn how to take multiple exposures and blend them together with HDR software.

Lake Minnewaska, Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Lake Minnewaska

Lake Minnewaska, Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Lake Minnewaska

11:07 a.m.: After 0.8 miles, we approached the south of the lake and arrived at the yellow trail, which we followed to the west. After another 0.2 miles, the trail diverged into two yellow trails (confusing!), the Hamilton Point Carriageway and the Milbrook Mountain Carriageway. These two trails are divided by the Palmaghatt Ravine. We followed the Millbrook Mountain Carriageway to the southwest, to the south of the ravine. We began to see a lot of bare rock and continuous scenic views of the ravine.

11:23 a.m.: After another 0.6 miles, we stopped briefly at Patterson’s Pellet for a photo opportunity.

11:35 a.m.: The trails so far had all been “carriageways,” which are very easy trails with shale surfaces, with gentle grades. Many of these are used for skiing in the winter. I took this photo only a couple of minutes before we left the carriageway for a red-blazed footpath (the Gertrude’s Nose Trail) that would take us to Gertrude’s Nose.

View from Millbrook Mountain Carriageway, Minnewaska State Park Preserve

View from Millbrook Mountain Carriageway

11:42 a.m.: About 0.4 miles after Patterson’s Pellet, we diverted from the yellow trail (which turned southeast, away from the ravine) to follow the red trail, which continued toward the southwest, parallel to the ravine.

View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

View from Gertrude’s Nose Trail

View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

View from Gertrude’s Nose Trail

View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

View from Gertrude’s Nose Trail

View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

View from Gertrude’s Nose Trail

11:51 a.m.: This is most of the group, except for myself and four others who were standing next to me and also taking photos.

JOC Group Photo, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

JOC Group Photo

11:59 a.m.: A number of people mentioned that they preferred the footpath to the easier shale carriageways, as it provided more of a workout.

Footpath, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Footpath

View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

View from Gertrude’s Nose Trail

View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

View from Gertrude’s Nose Trail


12:14 p.m.
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Fall Foliage on Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Fall Foliage on Gertrude’s Nose Trail

12:19 p.m.:

Scenic view from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Scenic view

12:25 p.m.:

Scenic view from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Scenic view

12:27 p.m.: Walking along a wide path and keeping a safe distance from the sheer cliff face.

Sheer Cliff, Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Sheer cliff

12:38 p.m.:

Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Gertrude’s Nose Trail

 

Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Gertrude’s Nose Trail

 

Scenic view from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Scenic view

1:08 p.m.: After 1.0 mile on the red trail, we reached Gertrude’s Nose, the southernmost point on the trail, at which point we turned to the northeast, away from the ravine. I don’t know if I realized when we reached Gertrude’s Nose, as there were so many scenic views that it was hard to correlate them to the map, which only showed a few. So if you know what Gertrude’s Nose looks like and don’t see the photo here, it could be that I didn’t photograph it, or it could be that I photographed it but didn’t select it as among the most pleasing photos to include in this hike description.

Scenic View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Scenic view

1:46 p.m.: Even though we no longer had a view of the Palmaghatt Ravine, we still had nice views of the surrounding countryside, including farmland.

Scenic View from Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Scenic view

2:00 p.m.:

Farmland below Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Scenic view of farms

 

Farmland below Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Farmland

2:05 p.m.:

Scenic view below Gertrude's Nose Trail, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Scenic view

2:45 p.m.: After Gertrude’s Nose, we continued along the red trail for 1.6 miles, where it rejoined the yellow trail (Millbrook Mountain Carriageway). We almost immediately turned north onto another red-blazed trail, the Millbrook Mountain Trail. The first 0.5 miles of this trail ran through the Mohonk Preserve, and this included a trail that had standing water in some places, with many slippery leaves. I slipped on leaves and fell once, as did several others. We finally crossed the Coxing Krill, seen below, at which point we re-entered the Minnewaska State Park Preserve:

Coxing Krill, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, NY

Coxing Krill

3:13 p.m.: After another 0.7 miles, we returned to Lake Minnewaska, leaving the red-blazed Millbrook Mountain Trail for the red-blazed Lake Minnewaska Carriageway. (You’d think they could find more colors.) This time we traveled north while skirting the eastern bank of the lake.

Lake Minnewaska, NY

Lake Minnewaska

3:43 p.m.: After 0.5 miles, we stopped for a while at rock ledges that offered a nice view of the lake.

Lake Minnewaska, NY

Lake Minnewaska

 

Posing by Lake Minnewaska

I pose in front of Lake Minnewaska

I think this was advertised as an 8-mile hike, but I estimate it was only about a 6.5-mile hike. In any case, it was fun.

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