Rainbow Falls Trail (Orange) is a hiking trail in Town of Wawarsing, New York. It is within Minnewaska State Park Preserve. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,829 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,162 feet. Along the trail there are viewpoints.
Rainbow Falls Trail (Orange) Professional Reviews and Guides
"Offering 11,630 acres in the midst of the Hudson Valley region, the Shawangunk mountain range that includes Minnewaska State Park Preserve is one of the most scenic and naturally beautiful areas in the Northeast. Once the site of two mountaintop hotels, the preserve was saved from further development in the 1980s and established as a state park preserve for all to enjoy. This is one of many stunning hikes in this park, and offers challenging terrain, views of a gorgeous 100-foot waterfall, and gentle carriage roads."
--Tammy McCarley, Best Hikes with Dogs: New York City & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"Enjoy a glistening curtain in spring in the midst of one of Ulster County’s most dramatic landscapes.Actually two falls—the major fl ow is on the left, while a smaller falls flows on the right about 30 yards from the first—Rainbow Falls passes muster as one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Minnewaska State Park. It takes some effort to get to this most excellent sight, so many visitors don’t make the trip, which means you may have the trail and the falls to yourself, particularly on a weekday at the height of spring.The falls comes at the end of a fairly strenuous hike that begins with a wide carriageway and eventually narrows along the edge of some steep rock faces. You’ll climb about 275 feet in elevation as you navigate this trail. When you’re going up, don’t forget to look behind you to catch some panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains."
--Randi Minetor, Hiking Waterfalls in New York (Falcon Guides).
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