Awosting Falls

Union Square
Union Square
Broadway at East 18th Street
8:30AM
to 6:30PM
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Arrive by 8:15AM
Intensity
5/10
9.0 miles
600 feet
elevation gain
18+
$99

About the trip

Hike to a beautiful waterfall

What We Love

  • Open views of massive cliffs
  • Mix of carriage roads and footpaths
  • See the stunning Awosting Falls
  • Unique flora and fauna

Your Day

The power of water has created a fantastic setting in Minnewaska State Park. This moderate hike covers nine miles of wooded trails, stunning views and to top if off, a beautiful waterfall. Our journey begins at a famous glacial lake, Lake Minnewaska, sculpted out of cliffs and fallen rock. The rugged conglomerate and shale rocks form dramatic ridges and peaks. Our hike will be mostly rough trails, with one mile of gentler carriage roads. Along the way, we will see sharply tilted masses of rock, crevices and pinnacles that characterize the Shawangunk Mountains. The ridgeline will afford jaw-dropping views of the Hudson Valley and some of the most famous climbing areas in the Gunks. Following a bridle path on the way back, our hike takes us to Awosting Falls, the perfect ending to a great day.

Perfect for: New hikers looking for a challenge, fit adventurers ready for a full day

Info
Level 5/10
600 feet elevation gain
9.0 miles
Union SquareBroadway at East 18th Street
8:30AM to 6:30PMArrive by 8:15AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers with non-cotton socks
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 9:45 AM. From there, you'll follow the van about 30 minutes to Minnewaska State Park. Please note there is a $10 fee to park.

Intensity

Level 5

Moderate - For Skilled Beginners and Intermediate Participants

Level 5 trips place greater emphasis on challenging you physically. Whether you’re still new to the scene or have some experience, you’ll appreciate a more deliberate pace with a capable group.

Activity

We’ll be out on the trails for five to seven hours. Prepare for this trip by doing cardio and strength exercise at least three days a week.

Distances

Be ready to cover six to nine miles today before heading home.

Surfaces

We’ll be hiking on moderate mountainous terrain, which may require navigating various rock faces and trail conditions including steep inclines and uneven ground.

Elevation Change

Up to 1,800 feet per day.

Altitude

Up to 8,000 feet.

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

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