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Gertrude's Nose Trail



2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable


Ascent: 329' 100 m
Descent: -489' -149 m
High: 1,799' 548 m
Low: 1,554' 474 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)


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A remote trail accessing stunning views of the Hudson Valley and Palmaghatt Ravine.

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This trail begins at the Millbrook Mountain Carriageway, which is a 2+ mile hike from the Minnewaska Lake parking area. The loop joins up on top of Millbrook Mountain, where you'll have a couple options to return to your vehicle.

This trail can be anywhere from 7 to 10 miles, depending on which loops you take and where you access it from. Don't start late in the day! It definitely rewards those who are fit enough to hike it with spectacular views and beautiful flora and fauna.

The beginning of the trail is a cairn marked with red blazes on the right side of the Millbrook Mountain Carriageway, a half mile past Patterson's Pellet and a mile from the Minnewaska Carriageway. Follow the red blaze trail as it zigzags through bare rock, along the Palmaghatt Ravine, and through stands of trees. It will eventually lead out to a beautiful view at Gertrude's Nose. Along the way are some potentially dangerous ascents and descents. It is truly an enjoyable trail. The best way to do it is to bring a packed lunch to eat at Gertrude's Nose.

Flora & Fauna

Pitch pine barrens, stunted forest, hemlock, white pine groves, mountain laurel, and blueberries.

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Land Manager: Minnewaska State Park

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One of the viewpoints before Gertrude’s Nose.
Aug 20, 2018 near Kerhonkson, NY
Gertrude's Nose Trail follows atop one of the many ledges on the Shawangunk Ridge of Hudson Valley, New York
Aug 24, 2018 near Kerhonkson, NY
One of the many great cliff ledge's in the Shawangunk's of New York
Aug 26, 2017 near Kerhonkson, NY
The view from atop Millbrook Mountain in Minnewaska State Park
Oct 19, 2018 near Kerhonkson, NY
There are scores of great overlooks like this one off Gertrude's Nose Trail. Here, look down on Gardner, NY, and in the right acoustic conditions, you can clearly hear the cows mooing in this farming town.
Aug 26, 2017 near Kerhonkson, NY
The ledges near Gertrude's Nose have a sheer drop and many deep fissures across the landscape. Be sure to stay on trail as much as possible or risk having to backtrack to avoid an impassable crevice.
Aug 26, 2017 near Kerhonkson, NY


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