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Not So Urban Athletics: Hike the Labyrinth/Lemon Squeeze

  • Oct 12, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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The days are cooling and I can hear old man winter approaching just around the bend. It's time to put a punctuation mark on the 2013 hiking season by doing one of the most spectacular hikes in the Northeast -- the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze in the Shawgunk Mountains. Beauty multiplied exponentially by the reds, yellows, and browns of the fall foliage around us.

We'll start our hike off in the Mohonk Preserve where we're going to stroll the gentle Undercliff trail, a magnificent spectacle with amazing rock formations to our left and sweeping views of the Hudson Valley to our right. If I ended the hike here, you'd head home feeling satisfied, but this is only the appetizer for the visual and physical feast to come. We will continue on to hike the rock formations known as the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze. What the heck are they? They are insane views, a crazy knuckle and knee scraping rock labyrinth, and a claustrophobia-defying climb up a deep crevice capped off by 360 degree views from a sky top tower. Yeah, I know, sounds awesome.

A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your organizer is in the running for hardest working person on meetup. While everyone else is running in the other direction, I'll be the first one to jump in front of that bear when he tries to eat you.

The Important Stuff ...

• This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE loop hike of about 9 miles round trip. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in decent physical shape as this is one of the more challenging treks in area with a bit of elevation gain and a few rock scrambles. We will be out all day so leave your afternoon/evening open.

• This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate -- we'll be stopping to take in the views and smell the flowers. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you.

• Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed lunch and/or snacks, and sunscreen.

• There is a preserve day use fee of $12.00 per person, cash only.

• Rain cancels the hike.

• No guests allowed, sorry.

• RSVP only if you seriously plan to attend as space is limited.

How To Get There ...

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.

Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where), If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.

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  • Kevin

    I've been a lot of places and seen a lot of things but the beauty of what we saw and the excitement of the things we did Saturday has left me in awe, especially in light of the fact that this is right in my backyard. I think I've found my new favorite local hike. Thanks for coming out to experience it with me, old friends and new. I enjoyed you all and had a wonderful time spending the day with you. See you on the next adventure.

    4 · October 14, 2013

  • Peter

    Had a fantastic time scrambling over the rocks with all of you!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Frossy

    My body is aching but it was all worth it. I would definitely do it again. Thanks Kevin for taking us to wonderful and amazing hikes.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Julie

    Thanks for a fun hike! Loved the views!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Eric (.

    Once you guys reach sky top tower please let us know so we can gauge the timing.

    October 12, 2013

    • Frossy

      Just made it here at the tower actually.

      October 12, 2013

    • Frossy

      Hahaha. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I got stuck in the crack!

      October 13, 2013

  • Dee D.

    I got squeezed by a lemon and squashed by a giant all while helping Kevin live out is 2nd childhood and it was a blast.

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent hike and excellent people, thank you for an amazing saturday. Nice to meeting you all, hope to see you soon. Cynthia

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent hike and excellent people, thank you very much for such a wonderful saturday. See you soon

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • carol

    Ok, so how many aleeves an hour can I take?!!!! Oh well, I guess the pain was worth it. Indeed an amazing hike. Amazing group. Thanks everyone for the patience and support!!!! :)

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Julie

    Kevin!!!! Thank you. You never disappoint. Awesome hike and scramble!! Love love the scramble.. Can't wait to do another one. Awesome people it was nice to be in your company and I hope to see you in future hike/scramble.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Jose

    Thanks Kevin & group -- the hike & people were AMAZING!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • mballou-danielle

    The best hike. Didn't think I could squeeze in those rocks formation in Mohonk. What a day! Thanks Kevin!

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Eric (.

    Kevin this is Eric I'm running late can you post the trail you guys going to be taking. Eric Yi and Tova will trail behind you. Will Catch up with you at peak.

    October 12, 2013

    • James Y

      Hi, Peter, Gwen and James are running about 30 mins late.

      October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi everyone, I just got confirmed for tomorrow. I would need a ride from Brooklyn/Manhattan. Please let me know if you can help out. Cheers.

    October 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey! Where and when are we meeting? thx

      October 11, 2013

    • Anshul K.

      Hiya.... Anyone got a space left?

      October 12, 2013

  • Nandini

    Anyone has a spot left? My ride cancelled. I can join from Jersey City, Hoboken or Manhattan. If you have a spot left please let me know at[masked]

    October 11, 2013

    • Eddie

      Nandini, I'll pick you up at Hoboken at 7am.

      October 11, 2013

    • Nandini

      Perfect. Thank you!

      October 11, 2013

  • Stan Z.

    Are you sure the day use fee is $12; I went about 3 weeks ago on a week day and was charged $20.

    October 11, 2013

    • Kevin

      If you park on the lovely Mohonk house grounds to hike it is an astounding $20 on weekdays and $25 on weekends. We are being cheap and parking at the preserve and hoofing it in to the Lemon Squeeze.

      October 11, 2013

    • Eddie

      The guard at the Bonticou Crag parking lot wanted $20 per bicycle, but he said we could lock the bikes outside of the parking lot for free. He did charge each of us $12 to hike.

      October 11, 2013

  • Eddie

    I have space for 1 more passenger. I'm leaving from Jersey City.

    October 11, 2013

    • Eddie

      Nathan, give me a call at[masked]

      October 11, 2013

  • Jitesh

    Sorry Kevin. I'm stuck in Omaha, can't back till tomorrow

    October 11, 2013

  • Andrei

    Hey guys, does anyone still have a spot in a car? Can meet you in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens. Thanks!

    October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, Do you still have a spot in your car Vy? I need a ride.. Thank you very much. L.

      October 11, 2013

    • Vikki

      Hi Laure my car is full so far... Sorry :(

      October 11, 2013

  • Kevin

    I have two spots if anyone needs, leaving from city hall area in Manhattan. Hit me up.

    October 10, 2013

    • Julie

      Great, thanks! I'll message you.

      October 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hiiii!!! I am so happy to be confirmed for the hike tomorrow!!!! by any chance do you know who leave from downtown manhattan/Manhattan/Broo­klyn? Any spots left in your car?

      October 11, 2013

  • Peter

    Hey guys
    I am wait listed, but have a car so will go anyway. I'm at the Grove st. Path station in Jersey City. i have room for 3 passengers plus gear. ping me if you want a spot![masked]

    October 7, 2013

    • Peter

      Hi James - you got it. Please text me at the above # to confirm.

      October 11, 2013

    • James Y

      Will text you to confirm. Thanks

      October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am confirmed to go now and I have a car, if anyone still needs a ride.. leaving from New Jersey (Englewood). at 7am See you soon. Cynthia

    October 10, 2013

  • Julie

    If it rains, when will the post go out to cancel the hike? Thanks!

    October 9, 2013

    • Kevin

      I am watching the weather closely. If I makevthe decision to cancel, that will happen Friday night. Don't forget though that we are hiking two hours out of NYC and the forecast there may be different than it is in town.

      October 10, 2013

    • Eric (.

      Cancel? Heck no!! We will go! Come rain, snow or shine!

      1 · October 10, 2013

  • Lonnie

    I have to cancel, just found out I am scheduled to work that day.

    October 10, 2013

  • Eddie

    I have space for 1 more passenger. I'll be leaving from Jersey City.

    October 9, 2013

    • Eddie

      Can you meet me at Grove Street at 7am? Send me your contact.

      October 9, 2013

    • swati

      Grove street should do.

      October 9, 2013

  • Jitesh

    A spot has opened up in my car if anyone is still looking for a ride from Hoboken or Grove Street?

    October 9, 2013

    • Gwen

      I can definitely meet you on Grove Street. Does that work?

      October 9, 2013

    • Jitesh

      Yes, that works.

      October 9, 2013

  • swati

    Hi, i live in queens, has anyone got s spot in their car for me.

    October 9, 2013

  • moe

    [masked]

    October 9, 2013

  • moe

    I am glad to see such a large group coming to enjoy beautifull mohonk i live 20mins from the mountain and own a house that in the past was a bed and breakfeast it has three large rooms with beds and plenty of floor space for sleeping bags if any one is interested in staying overnight feel free to contact me

    October 9, 2013

  • Jessica T

    I have to cancel my RSVP, I have to work that day. Have fun, everyone! :(

    October 8, 2013

  • Roxy

    Car space anyone?

    October 7, 2013

  • Kevin

    Hikers, the people on the wait list are chomping at the bit to come on this event. So, if your plans have changed and you can't make this Meetup, be courteous and change your RSVP to not attending RIGHT NOW so someone else can go in your place! No shows and last minute cancellation don't fly with me and if you do that you'll be banned from attending my future events.

    Thanks,
    The Management

    October 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody,, im on the waitlist,, but i have a car too.. driving from Englewood cliffs.. we can meet in the george washington bridge.. as soon as Im confirmed we can organize the ride... i will have 2-3 spots... cheers

    October 7, 2013

  • Frossy

    Hi guys, I am leaving from NJ-specifically Woodbridge. I have 3 seats available, let me know if you need a ride.

    October 2, 2013

    • Eddie

      I'm full. I would give it to someone who has trouble finding a ride. The last passenger seat will have our stuff on it.

      October 6, 2013

    • Anshul K.

      Cool.. That's fine..

      October 6, 2013

  • Julie

    Need a ride. from queens or city. would really appreciate it. will chip in for gas and tolls

    October 4, 2013

  • Jose

    Does anybody have room for 1 more? I can chip in for gas or toll. Thanks in advance!

    October 3, 2013

  • mballou-danielle

    Hi I have 2 spot in my car. I will be leaving from Mamhattan on the easy side.

    September 26, 2013

    • Alla K.

      Caitlin, if you decide to stick to mballou-danielle, I can safe the place for Eat Love Hike she/he was first in line for share ride
      I am more interested in ride from Hoboken

      October 2, 2013

    • y.mi

      Danielle, Are all your spots taken now?

      October 3, 2013

  • y.mi

    I need a ride too! Preferably from Manhattan East Side but can travel to places via subway or path. Please let me know if anyone still has a space! Thanks.

    October 2, 2013

  • David T

    I need a ride from either side of GWB or can meet anywhere in manhattan or Bronx. Will chip in for expenses. Thanks.

    October 2, 2013

    • David T

      Ok sounds good. Can meet you at the last stop of the 4 train.

      October 2, 2013

    • David T

      Thanks

      October 2, 2013

  • Dee D.

    Looking for a ride. I can meet you in Brookly or Manhattan.

    September 29, 2013

    • Dee D.

      Hi I'm sending you my email & cell now. Check your email

      October 2, 2013

    • Dee D.

      Hi Danielle I just tried to email thru your meet-up page but it's blocked. Pls give me another way to send you my info.

      October 2, 2013

  • Anshul K.

    Kevin, i was checking that there is a bus from port authority to new platz and apparently the visitor centre is not too far from there... Do you think that makes sense?

    October 1, 2013

    • Anshul K.

      It's approx every one hour starting 7 am and the last return is 8 pm from new platz.. Fare is 21 dollars one way...

      October 1, 2013

    • Kevin

      Arriving every hour in New Paltz starting at 7am I hope you mean. It's a 2+ hour ride from NYC and you would need to get there by 8am for that mode of transport to work.

      October 1, 2013

  • Eddie

    Kevin, would it be possible to include Bonticou Crag as part of the trip?

    October 1, 2013

    • Kevin

      It might be possible to fit that in, let me map it and see how it affects my current hike plan.

      October 1, 2013

  • Miss B

    I can drive Brooklyn folks zipcar style

    September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes please. I would also like to hop in in Brooklyn

      September 26, 2013

    • Gwen

      Do you still have room available?

      October 1, 2013

  • Brian

    Looking for a ride, I'm up in the heights. Can easily get to GWB or elsewhere if necessary. Will chip in for tolls, gas, etc. Hit me up, thanks!

    October 1, 2013

  • Anshul K.

    Can anyone help this poor guy with car pool? Can meet anywhere in new York!

    October 1, 2013

  • Eat Love H.

    Looking for car pool....thx

    1 · October 1, 2013

  • MonaLisa

    Hi Kevin and all,
    Can you let me know what's the easiest way to get there from Penn Station?
    Cheers :)
    Mona

    September 30, 2013

    • Kevin

      Mona, that would be in a car. There is no mass transit option for this hike. Post up here where you're coming from and score yourself a carpool.

      September 30, 2013

    • MonaLisa

      Thanks Kevin.. :)

      September 30, 2013

  • Alla K.

    Hi there
    Does anybody has 1 free space in the car? Need a ride from Manhattan
    Or I can rent a car and share the cost with other 2-3 people

    September 25, 2013

    • Alla K.

      Ok David, keep you posted

      September 30, 2013

    • David T

      Kool.

      September 30, 2013

  • Katie N.

    can we bring a guest?

    September 30, 2013

  • David T

    I need a ride from either side of GWB or can meet anywhere on the westside of manhattan or Bronx. Will chip in for expenses. Thanks.

    September 29, 2013

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