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

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Distance: 8.3 miles


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.
  • Awosting Falls
  • Patterson's Pellet
  • Looking towards "Gertrude's Nose"
  • Castle Point Carriage Road
  • Lake Awosting as seen from Castle Point
  • Battlement Terrace
  • Litchfield Ledge
  • Rainbow Falls
  • Mossy Glen Trail Sign
  • The Peter's Kill
  • Minnewaska State Park Trail Sign

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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