Scenic Intermediate Hike - our favorite in New York Area.
Easily accessible by public transportation: bus
Millbrook Ridge Trail -Minnewaska Lake- Awosting Falls- Trapps Road.
It takes 5-7 hours.
Difficulty level: moderate
It is very scenic, diverse, a bit steep in the beginning and then gets easier and easier. It takes 3.5 - 4.5 hours to get to the lake. Then we have lunch at the lake and come back on flat Trapps Road (about 2.5 hours)
After the hike we can enjoy beer at Bacchus that offers over 200 kinds of beers from all over the world.
I suggest 3 options:
1. We can meet at New Paltz bus station 10:30a.m.
2. Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center at 11 a.m.
3. You can come to New Paltz the night before (Sat) and stay at New Paltz hostel http://www.newpaltzhostel.com/ (this is what I'm going to do)
If you don't drive- it is super easy to get to New Paltz by bus.
Take Trailways bus from Port Authority. It takes 1.5 hours, runs every 30 min and drops you at New Patlz bus station.
From New Paltz bus station we take a taxi to the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center.
Looking forward to meeting you all.