This is one of my favorite hikes and I would like to get it in before the weather turns.
Please note this hike will take at least 6-7 hours to complete and its about a 2 hour ride back to the city so this is an all day affair.Please keep this mind if you plan to attend.
Event Name: Rock Scramble and hike 9-10 miles.
Leader: TOM G
Event Type: Hike/Rock Scramble.
Location: Mohonk Preserve.
As per Mohonk Take the red Shongum trail to the Trapps Bridge. Hike along Undercliff Road (admiring the bravery of the climbers on the cliff face above) to Rhododendron Bridge. Take Laurel Ledge Road. Turn right onto the blue Giant's Path.
The plan is to do rock scramble #1: Climb up the crevices of Giant's Workshop. Afterwards, turn left onto the red Arching Rocks Path (walking under the impressive cliff overhangs). Turn right onto the blue Cathedral Path.
Rock scramble #2: Climb up the crevices of the cliff face. At the top, stop for a breather at the Cope's Lookout Summerhouse, offering one of the most breathtaking views in the Gunks. Walk up the stairs and turn right onto Humpty Dumpty Road. Turn left at Short Woodland Drive. Turn left for the red Eagle Cliff Ascent Path.
* were going to add a new scramble leading up to Eagle Cliff for those who want a more challenging route. For those who don't want to try this no worry you can take the regular route.
Rock Scramble #3: 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. Turn left on Lambden's Path and take the wooden stairs down to the Lakeshore Trail. Turn right and walk around the lake. Take the Lakeshore Road and turn right at the entrance to the red Labyrinth Path.
Rock scramble #4: climb up the ladders and through the crevices and caves at the base of Sky Top. Follow red markers to to the Crevice. Climb the ladders and squeeze up through the "Lemon Squeeze." Take a breather at the top of the cliff, then walk up to the Smiley Tower. If you're up to the 101 steps, climb up to the top of the tower and admire the view of six states. You've earned it!
Distance and Rating: 9 to 10 miles.
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.
Use mapping program to get you to the vistior center then use the driving directions provided below to get the coxing parking lot:
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. The Preserve Visitor Center will be 1/2 mile on your right. Go 1.5 miles past the Visitor Center, turn right onto Clove Road, and then bear right at fork. After 1 mile, turn left into parking area.
Coxing is the Preserve’s smallest parking lot and fills VERY early on peak weekends . On summer and fall weekends, arrive early and consider carpooling to ensure a parking space.
Park at the Coxing (Split Rock) Parking area ($9 Mohonk Preserve entry fee). Take the red Shongum trail to the Trapps Bridge. Hike along Undercliff Road (admiring the bravery of the climbers on the cliff face above) to Rhododendron Bridge. Take Laurel Ledge Road. Turn right onto the blue Giant's Path.
Required Gear for most events: - Standard day-hiking gear including decent waterproof hiking boots and shoes and a change of socks (remember your sunscreen, wind breaker, and possibly hat) - 2.5 liters of water. - Lunch and snacks. Event specific gear needs:
Venue Mohonk entrance fees: 12.00 USD
Guidelines if carpooling: Passengers pick up all the gas and tolls drivers