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There are multiple spots to park but the best starting point is Minnewaska State
Park main parking. The upper parking lot overlooking Lake Minnewaska is best.
This is mostly loose gravel and all carriage roads. This is not for the
hammerhead but more for the beginner with fantastic views. First three miles
is mostly climbing but not too steep a grade. If your looking to bomb, this isn't
the place. It is shared by hikers so caution is advised. Many of the trails can be
connected for many miles. Maybe 1000' of climbing or so. Trails are very well
marked. I took the Upper Awosting trail 3.1 miles to the Lake Awosting trail,
around Lake Awosting. I then took the Castle Point trail back to the parking.
The views from Castle Point and Kempton Ledge are amazing. I went during fall
foliage and it was great. This loop totaled about 12 miles. You can get some
speed on the way down from Kempton Ledge so be careful. Many exposed