Sunday, October 22, 2023

This fall we are picking amazing destinations to see fall foliage!

Gertrude’s Nose is a classic!

We’ll see fall colors against the backdrop of the most iconic view in Minnewaska State Park Preserve! This hike traverses the ridge of Gertrude’s Nose, a unique rock formation on the Shawangunk Ridge. We’ll start our adventure at Lake Minnewaska, a glacial lake rimmed by towering, white sandstone cliffs. We’ll then traverse carriage roads and woodland trails and enjoy breathtaking views at the top of the ridge before reaching Gertrude’s Nose. With a keen eye and a little luck, you might spot local wildlife, like a porcupine or a black vulture, a recent addition to this area’s bird population.

What’s included:

  • NY State Licensed and Wilderness First Responder Certified Guide
  • Transportation to and from NYC
  • Some of the best foliage views in New York State

Level: Intermediate (Learn More)

Mileage: 7.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,138 feet

Group Size: 2 - 14 adventurers


W 73rd and Broadway

Check-in Time: 6:45 am

Departure Time: 7:00 am

Return Time: Approximately 6:30 pm



  • Hiking boots (required)
  • Weather-appropriate, moisture-wicking, athletic clothing (no cotton)
  • Wool or synthetic socks (no cotton)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Lunch
  • Ample Snacks
  • At least three (3) liters of water
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Extra layers to adjust for changing weather conditions
  • Extra pair of wool socks
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • A change of clothes for the ride back (optional)