Minnewaska Lake Carriageway
ElevationAscent: 176' 54 m
Descent: -199' -61 m
High: 1,749' 533 m
Low: 1,657' 505 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“An enjoyable hike around an alpine tarn with magnificent views.”— Gunks Jesse
Walk down a gentle hill with small rock faces on your right and the lake on the left. A summer swimming area will appear on your left with a nice beach. Continue up the trail as it gradually ascends. There are primitive toilets on the right if nature calls. The trail now gains more elevation and continues to circumnavigate the lake. Listen for water flowing down the rocks and into the lake on your left. Several trails depart on your right for points south of the lake. Continue on the obvious carriage road.
At the southern end of the lake, the road will go through some small switchbacks and descend to water level. As you continue past the lake, there are several small footpaths out to fantastic views of the valley below. This is not the Wallkill Valley, but it is the valley behind Millbrook, the Bayards, and the Near Trapps.
Back on the trail, continue as it turns north and rises to a small picnic area with great views of the Catskills. From here the trail continues under a footbridge, past an old barn on the right, and reconvenes with the parking area.
Land Manager: Minnewaska State Park