This loop hike runs along dramatic cliffs of Shawangunk conglomerate, with exceptionally fine views.
Difficulty:Moderate to Strenuous
Length:8 miles or more depending on group/weather etc or how I'm feeling.
Dogs:Allowed on leash
Features:Views, Swimming, Fees, Cliffs
Take the New York State Thruway to Exit 18 (New Paltz). After paying the toll, turn left onto Route 299 and continue west through the Village of New Paltz. When you cross the bridge over the Wallkill River at the west end of the village, continue ahead on Route 299 (do not turn right towards the Mohonk Mountain House). In another 5.5 miles (from the Wallkill River bridge), Route 299 ends at a T intersection with Route 44/55. Turn right here and follow Route 44/55 as it negotiates a very sharp hairpin turn and climbs to pass under the Trapps Bridge (a steel overpass). Continue for about three miles past the Trapps Bridge to the entrance to Minnewaska State Park, on the left side of the road. A parking fee is charged at the gatehouse. Continue uphill for 0.4 mile to the parking area at Lake Minniwaska.