WE MEET ON WEST TRAP PARKING LOT AT 9 AM.
7.6 miles, loop. A gorgeous hike, and a perfect way to explore some of the most beautiful areas of the Mohonk Preserve, which is one of the most beautiful places in New York State. Endless views that seem to follow you around all day.
If you decide to tackle this hike, you’ll need to be prepared for a strenuous stroll – it’s not straight uphill the whole way, but you’ll be meandering along the top of the ridge, generally heading uphill and occasionally climbing up some steep sections.
Directions to the trailhead:
Wawarsing parking lot (one-mile longer version of the hike, with more vertical climb, but you get to see some cool sights on Undercliff Road): From New Paltz, head west on Route 299. Follow 299 until it dead ends into Rt. 44/55, where you’ll make a right turn. Follow 44/55 uphill for less than a mile to the well-marked Mohonk Preserve Visitor’s Center and Wawarsing Parking Area. Turn right into the Wawarsing lot, then make an immediate left turn and park as far down the hill as you can. The trailhead is all the way at the end of the lot.
GPS coordinates of Wawarsing parking area:[masked], [masked] (Clicking will open in Google Maps or the Apple Maps app, depending on your browser/device.)
West Trapps parking lot (This more popular option is about one mile shorter than if you parked at Wawarsing — and you get to skip a ton of stairs — but you’ll also miss some of the cliff-and-rock-climber goodness on Undercliff Road): Follow the directions above to the Wawarsing parking lot, but continue past the Wawarsing lot on 44/55 for another 1.2 miles, past the crazy hairpin turn, to find the well-marked West Trapps Trailhead parking area on your right. Pull into the lot and park as far back as you can – the trail begins at the far end of the parking lot.
GPS coordinates of West Trapps parking area:[masked], [masked] (Clicking will open in Google Maps or the Apple Maps app, depending on your browser/device.)