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Finding Fall Foliage at Gertrudes Nose in the Shawangunks

Finding Fall Foliage at Gertrudes Nose in the Shawangunks

Best Bet for Fall Foliage? Go to Gertrudes Nose in the Shawangunks

Lucky for us North Easterners we have tons of trees and an oncoming winter which together mean: fall foliage galore! While you can scour the internet looking for tips on where to find the best fall foliage, New York State's tried and true Shawangunks are the OutdoorFest recommendation for an easy, gorgeous and adventure-filled trip. Specifically, the hike to Gertrudes Nose offers some of the best (if not THE best) views in all of New York State. 

Here's a simple itinerary to get you up to the "Gunks" for a day of outdoor fun:

1. As always: get your map! You'll want the NYNJ Trail Conference Shawangunk Trails Map which you can buy online at EMS or pick up at a local retail shop.

2. Rent a car or hop on the bus to New Paltz where you will be able to take a short cab ride to the cliffs (take the number so you can get a ride back!)

A short walk from the parking lot lies Lake Minnewaska

A short walk from the parking lot lies Lake Minnewaska

3. Head to Minnewaska State Park ($5 Cash for parking).

4. Go Explore! There are a ton of amazing trails and view points here but a relatively relaxed option is the hike out to Gertrude's Nose which takes you from the parking lot (red dot) along Lake Minnewaska, down the carriage roads and out the "red" trail to one of the most dramatic views in the Shawangunks (marked with a red dot below and pictured in header photo). 

Map from LakeMinnewaska.org

Map from LakeMinnewaska.org

5. This time of year you'll probably see the pumpkin patches growing strong along the side of the road. Don't let the season pass by! Make a quick stop at Jenkins - Lueken Orchards to pick apples and stock up on pumpkins and other seasonal fare before heading home.

Pumpkins by the side of the road in New Paltz

Pumpkins by the side of the road in New Paltz

That's it? Yes, it really is that easy. Now go outside! 

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Hiking to Oktoberfest (no car needed)

Hiking to Oktoberfest (no car needed)