Mohonk Preserve - The Labyrinth - Lemon Squeeze - Great Views and Scrambling
This hike is one of the most beautiful and interesting hikes in lower New York State. The views are magnificent and the hiking and rock scrambling are great. You don't want to miss this one.
This is an intermediate level hike with a few steep uphills, and lots of rock scrambling. I suggest you bring gardening gloves to protect your hands.
Length: 8-10 miles
Skill Level: Intermediate
Organizer: David Klein
We will meet at the visitor's center and hike along Undercliff Road. Here we should be able to see the rock climber's hanging off the cliff above. We then climb up the crevices of Giant's Workshop.
Afterwards, we turn left onto the red Arching Rocks Path (walking under the impressive cliff overhangs). Then turn right onto the blue Cathedral Path.
We then climb up the crevices of the cliff face. At the top, we stop for one of the most breathtaking views in the Gunks. We then climb up through the boulders to the top of Eagle Cliff. Turn right onto Eagle Cliff Road. Admire the great views of Lake Mohonk, the Mohonk Mountain House, and Sky Top from the many summerhouses along the cliff edge.
We then begin the famous Labyrinth trail. We climb up the ladders and through the crevices and caves at the base of Sky Top. Finally, we squeeze up through the "Lemon Squeeze." If you're up to the 101 steps, you can climb up to the top of the tower and admire the view of six states.
RSVP Details: If planning on attending, please write in comments of your RSVP if you are driving and from where or needing a carpool. Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend at least a day prior to event, unless an emergency.
To reach the Visitor Center located at 3197 State Route 55, Gardiner, NY, take the New Paltz exit 18 off of the NYS Thruway. Go 7 miles west (through New Paltz) on Route 299 to the end: make right on Route 44-55 and then 1/2 mile to the Visitor Center on right. If that lot is full, continue a few hundred yards farther up hill to the entrance to additional, overflow parking lots at the Visitor Center. There is a $12 per person entrance fee unless you have an annual pass.
Required Gear: - Standard day-hiking gear including decent hiking boots/sneakers, gardening gloves, sunscreen, 2 liters of water. - Lunch and snacks.
Guidelines if carpooling: Passengers share all the gas and tolls. Please don't make the driver ask for money.
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