Mossy Glen/Rainbow Falls/Castle Point/Hamilton Point...

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

This loop hike follows an attractive stream, climbs to panoramic viewpoints from dramatic cliffs, and passes by a fascinating waterfall.

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From the kiosk at the rear of the parking area, continue past the gate onto the Lower Awosting Carriage Road (also known as the Peters Kill Road). Almost immediately, you’ll see a sign on the left that marks the start of the yellow-blazed Mossy Glen Trail. Turn left and follow this trail, which passes through a beautiful forest of hemlock and mountain laurel. The trail soon approaches the...

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Trip Reports

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March 21, 2016
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Great Hike!
This was a fantastic hike with tons of beautiful scenery, and a nice mix of carriage roads and small challenges along the trails. One thing to take note of is there's water trickling over rocks all thoughout this hike, and with freezing temperatures the night before there was invisible wet ice in many places. Definitely something to consider. As for the discussion in the comments regarding the Scenic Trail from Castle Point, there is now a clearly visible triple lilac blaze on the ground. I had been thinking it would take me a while to find based on the comments but I spotted it right away. Also, at the very end, where the directions have you turn left at the gatehouse to return to the parking area, if you make a right onto the Awosting Falls Carriage Road it's a short and easy walk to the falls. I had already seen them but was well worth the short detour to see them again.
Benchley2
October 15, 2015
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It's blazed, but nearly invisible
Because of the color of the rock, the somewhat worn blaze is really difficult to see.   I hiked this today, and here's what the top of that trail looks like: http://i.imgur.com/wtsng6q.jpg   I walked past it 7 or 8 times before I peered over the edge and saw some blazes on the rocks below.
doogless
June 02, 2014
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Mossy Glen lower foot bridge has been replaced
The lower foot bridge was replaced by a solid construction of granite block and single log foot bridge.
sturgesjs
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