Bullwheel, Excessive Peters Kill and Crimson Trails Loop – Minnewaska State Park Protect

September‎ 17‎, ‎2023 – Gardiner, NY

Issue: Reasonable

Size: Roughly 2.5 miles

Max elevation: 1,279 ft.– whole elevation achieve roughly 430 ft.

Route sort: Circuit

Map: Shawangunk Trails #105

Price: $10.00 per car – Empire Pass Accepted

Trailhead parking: Peter’s Kill Area – 5080 Route 44-55, Gardiner, NY 12525

The present working hours are 9:00am to 7:00pm.

Restrooms on web site – giant paved lot.

It is a carry-in/carry-out New York State Park. Trash receptacles will not be supplied; you will need to take your trash out with you.


Park Overview:

Situated in Ulster County, NY, Minnewaska State Park Protect is located on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises greater than 2,000 ft above sea stage and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park options quite a few waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to lovely views, clear streams reduce into valleys, world-class mountain climbing and 35 miles of carriageways and 35 miles of footpaths on which to bike, stroll, hike and easily take pleasure in. And, all this inside an hour and a half drive from New York Metropolis.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Minnewaska State Park Protect

Guests have twelve potential entry factors onto Protect property. The doorway to the Peter’s Kill Space and Protect workplace is accessed from Freeway 44/55 and gives 120 parking areas.

Peter's Kill Area - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Peter’s Kill Space – Minnewaska State Park Protect

The Peter’s Kill car parking zone is utilized by guests accessing the Peter’s Kill climbing space, by hikers heading for the Peter’s Kill Creek and Excessive Peter’s Kill Path and by guests wishing to speak with employees.

Peter's Kill Area - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Peter’s Kill Space – Minnewaska State Park Protect

The Shawangunks (or “Gunks,” as they’re extra popularly known as) have lengthy been acclaimed as a rock climber’s paradise. The Peter’s Kill Space is a singular and exquisite a part of the 23,000 acre Minnewaska State Park Protect. Mountaineering is permitted right here on the Decrease Peter’s Kill and Dickie Barre escarpments. This space is house to combined hardwood forests, pitch pine barrens, wetlands, vernal swimming pools, rock slabs, the Peter’s Kill stream, a number of waterfalls and the cliffs of the Excessive Peter’s Kill escarpment. Along with mountain climbing and bouldering, climbing, picnicking and snowshoeing are all permitted actions on this space.


Trails Overview:

  • Bull Wheel Path (0.6 mile) – This quick white blazed path begins off close to the Peter’s Kill parking space and ends on the junction of the Excessive Peters Kill Path. At a crest of an increase the path passes a concrete footing, the place a tower was anchored that when supported a pulley for a ski carry, a part of the Ski Minne downhill ski space, which operated from 1964 to 1978. The pulley is often known as a “bullwheel.”
  • Excessive Peters Kill Path (0.55 mile) – This blue-blazed path (additionally the route of the SRT) traverses across the Dicke Barre Wilderness Space. The path positive aspects the ridge line and continues by way of a wonderful part of cliffs. It then descends steeply in locations to achieve the Peter’s Kill. This path options the views from Excessive Peters Kill Cliffs.
  • Yellow Connector Path (0.25 mile) – This quick footpath connects the Excessive Peters Kill Path with the Crimson Loop Path close to the parking space.
  • Crimson Loop Path (0.35 mile) – This path climbs steeply from the Yellow Connector Path to the parking space.

Some sections of the paths have pale blazes or none in any respect, however we didn’t encounter any points staying on observe. As all the time, I like to recommend utilizing the Avenza Maps app and utilizing the official park path map to remain on the right track and keep away from getting misplaced. There are quite a few rock climber trails and unmarked footpaths that department off from the principle trails.

This hike might be prolonged through the use of any of the connecting trails. Please seek the advice of an up-to-date path map in the event you select to do an extended hike.


Hike Overview:

Though this hike is comparatively quick, it presents some very enticing surroundings in “The Gunks.” The typical hiker ought to be capable to full this hike in 1-1/2 hours, however you may wish to enable further time to pause and take within the lovely surroundings.

Nonetheless not again to my regular self, I’ve been tackling shorter and fewer strenuous hikes. This hike has been on my radar for fairly a while and now appeared the suitable time to do it. The paths we adopted on this hike had little or no foot site visitors. We solely noticed a number of folks on the viewpoint and several other extra close to the tip of the hike as we have been ending up.

This hike follows trails that for probably the most half, are simple to comply with. This explicit route travels over quite a lot of rock slabs that might be troublesome and presumably harmful if moist or icy. Please plan accordingly.

We arrived on the Peter’s Kill Space lot roughly 40 minutes earlier than it opened and we have been the third car in line. By the point they opened the gate at 9am, there have been about 25 vehicles behind us. The restrooms are situated in a constructing with bogs (not flush bogs) and sinks. On the day that we hiked, a few the women that I used to be with, advised me that it smelled actually dangerous in there. On the upside, there was bathroom paper.

Total, this was a really nice hike. The point of view on this hike is very nice and the shortage of crowds, as is normally the case at Minnewaska on weekends, makes it a worthwhile hike.

This hike was executed counterclockwise.

Bullwheel, High Peters Kill and Red Trails Loop

Bullwheel, Excessive Peters Kill and Crimson Trails Loop

As proven on the elevation profile beneath, there’s a steep ascent on the tail finish of this hike.

elevation profile - Bullwheel, High Peters Kill and Red Trails Loop

elevation profile – Bullwheel, Excessive Peters Kill and Crimson Trails Loop


The Hike:

From a kiosk on the western finish of the decrease parking space, head north (proper) on a gravel highway, following the Crimson Loop Path. On the high of an increase, an indication and a triple-white blaze on a tree to the suitable, marks the beginning of the white-blazed Bullwheel Path. Flip proper onto this path, which climbs step by step on an previous carriage highway. After a brief descent, the path bears proper at a fork and continues to climb on a rougher route.

Red Loop Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Crimson Loop Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Red Loop Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Crimson Loop Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Red Loop Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Crimson Loop Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Turn right on Bullwheel Trail

Flip proper on Bullwheel Path

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

After narrowing to a footpath, the path reaches the crest of the rise, the place it passes a concrete slab, with metal bolts protruding. A tower that was anchored to the slab by way of the bolts as soon as supported a pulley for a ski carry, a part of the Ski Minne downhill ski space, which operated from 1964 to 1978. The pulley is often known as a “bullwheel” – therefore the identify for the path.

Bullwheel Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Bullwheel Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

The path now descends step by step, passing by way of mountain laurel thickets and blueberry bushes. A number of facet trails for rock climbers go away to the left. After passing the cliffs of Dickie Barre on the left, the Bullwheel Path ends at a junction with the blue-blazed Excessive Peters Kill Path.

Terminus of Bullwheel Trail

Terminus of Bullwheel Path

Flip left onto this path, which climbs briefly to chop by way of a notch in Dickie Barre (discover the tilted blocks of conglomerate rock on the left), then begins a protracted, gradual descent by way of mountain laurel thickets and blueberry bushes to the Peters Kill.

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

About midway down, the path emerges on uncovered rock ledges, with pitch pines rising from the bedrock, and bears proper. Earlier than persevering with forward, it’s best to bear left and cross the ledges to achieve a dramatic viewpoint from the sting of the cliffs, with the Catskills seen within the distance to the suitable.

Viewpoint just off the High Peters Kill Trail

Viewpoint simply off the Excessive Peters Kill Path

View south just off the High Peters Kill Trail

View south simply off the Excessive Peters Kill Path

View of the Catskills just off the High Peters Kill Trail

View of the Catskills simply off the Excessive Peters Kill Path

When you’re able to proceed, return to the path, which descends extra steeply for a brief distance. The grade quickly moderates, and the path runs near the sting of the escarpment, with sheer drops on the left.

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

High Peters Kill Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Excessive Peters Kill Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

On the base of the descent, simply earlier than reaching the Peters Kill, the Yellow Connector Path begins on the left. Stroll straight a brief distance to the Peters Kill which flows over rock slabs. This makes for a great place to take a break.

Peters Kill - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Peters Kill – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Peters Kill - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Peters Kill – Minnewaska State Park Protect

When you’re able to proceed, retrace your steps just a few ft to the junction with the Yellow Connector Path and switch proper at an indication that reads: “PETERSKILL PARKING LOT.” The path parallels the picturesque stream amid hemlocks, rhododendron and mountain laurel. After passing an fascinating cascade, the place the stream flows over slanted rock slabs, the Yellow Path bears left, away from the stream, and it quickly ends at an indication for the Crimson Path. You’ll discover close by one other concrete slab with protruding bolts and metal cables alongside the bottom – extra remnants of the downhill Ski Minne operation.

Yellow Connector Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yellow Connector Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Yellow Connector Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yellow Connector Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Yellow Connector Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yellow Connector Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Yellow Connector Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yellow Connector Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Yellow Connector Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yellow Connector Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Yellow Connector Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yellow Connector Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Yellow Connector Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Yellow Connector Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Flip left onto the Crimson Path, however in solely 20 ft flip proper and comply with the purple blazes parallel to the stream. The Crimson Path bears left, leaving the stream, and climbs steeply again in the direction of Route 44/55. On the high of the climb, the path turns left and follows a gravel path by way of successional fields, quickly returning to the parking space the place the hike started.

End of Yellow Connector Trail - start of Red Trail

Finish of Yellow Connector Path – begin of Crimson Path

Red Loop Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Crimson Loop Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect

Red Loop Trail - Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Crimson Loop Path – Minnewaska State Park Protect


Evaluate:

A very nice, quick hike by way of a lesser traveled space of Minnewaska. There are higher views within the park, however contemplating that we had the paths principally to ourselves, this was simply excellent. The Peter’s Kill Space is an efficient place to start a hike if you wish to keep away from the hordes of those who flock to the principle sections of the park.

Execs:

‘The Gunks,’ lesser traveled space of the park, good views, simple to comply with trails.

Cons:

Pale path markings may use some contemporary paint in sure areas.


Take a hike!

Bullwheel, High Peters Kill and Red Trails Loop – Minnewaska State Park

Bullwheel, Excessive Peters Kill and Crimson Trails Loop – Minnewaska State Park


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