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Mohonk Preserve - The Labyrinth - Great Views and Scrambling

Mohonk Preserve - The Labyrinth - Lemon Squeeze - Great Views and Scrambling

This hike is one of the most beautiful and interesting hikes in lower New York State.  The views are magnificent and the hiking and rock scrambling are great.  You don't want to miss this one.

This is an intermediate level hike with a few steep uphills, and lots of rock scrambling.  I suggest you bring gardening gloves to protect your hands.

Length:  8-10 miles

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Organizer:  David Klein

Phone:  [masked]








We will meet at the visitor's center and hike along Undercliff Road.  Here we should be able to see the rock climber's hanging off the cliff above.  We then climb up the crevices of Giant's Workshop.

Afterwards, we turn left onto the red Arching Rocks Path (walking under the impressive cliff overhangs). Then turn right onto the blue Cathedral Path.

We then climb up the crevices of the cliff face. At the top, we stop for one of the most breathtaking views in the Gunks. We then 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.

We then begin the famous Labyrinth trail.  We climb up the ladders and through the crevices and caves at the base of Sky Top. Finally, we squeeze up through the "Lemon Squeeze."  If you're up to the 101 steps, you can climb up to the top of the tower and admire the view of six states.











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.


To reach the Visitor Center located at 3197 State Route 55, Gardiner, NY, 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. If that lot is full, continue a few hundred yards farther up hill to the entrance to additional, overflow parking lots at the Visitor Center.  There is a $12 per person entrance fee unless you have an annual pass.

Required Gear: - Standard day-hiking gear including decent hiking boots/sneakers, gardening gloves, sunscreen, 2 liters of water. - Lunch and snacks.

Guidelines if carpooling: Passengers share all the gas and tolls.  Please don't make the driver ask for money.


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  • Fred

    As always thank you David for a such a beautiful hike and rock scrambling

    August 25, 2014

  • Shayna

    That was a great day!

    August 25, 2014

  • Gail

    At the last minute my ride to the hike cancelled on me. It was too late to find another ride to hike. That us reason my friend and i could not go.

    August 24, 2014

  • Debbie W

    Thanks David for getting us out on this amazing weather day. The scrambles were excellent and the grounds gorgeous

    August 24, 2014

  • Aaron T.

    As many have mentioned before, I would need a ride from Manhattan in order to attend and willing to subsidize the cost of travel.

    August 20, 2014

    • David K.

      Aaron: Russ has room. Please contact him ASAP if you want a ride.

      August 22, 2014

    • Aaron T.

      I almost came. Russ needed a full car and my friends decided they did not want to come. Next time

      August 24, 2014

  • Judi

    Very sorry to cancel so late, but I overdid it hiking yesterday and don't want to hold the group up. Enjoy!

    August 24, 2014

  • Cepaфин

    I am so sorry I am unable to attend tomorrow. Does anybody have room in their car for Gail plus 1?

    August 23, 2014

  • Sima

    I want to be there....but just can't so I hope that this hike will come available again....

    August 23, 2014

  • Russ W.

    I'm a maybe but if I go I can drive others from Queens.

    August 20, 2014

    • Russ W.

      and/or people from Manhattan that can meet me in Washington Heights as well...

      August 21, 2014

    • Aaron T.

      Hi Russ, I live in Washington Heights. Would you be able to pick me up. I am willing to subsidize cost of travel and willing to travel to you for pickup.

      August 22, 2014

  • Lisa Z.

    I would love to go, but I need a ride from Manhattan (preferably lower Manhattan). Anyone able to give me a ride?

    August 22, 2014

    • David K.

      Lisa: Russ has room. Please contact him ASAP if you want a ride.

      August 22, 2014

  • David K.

    There are rides available from Queens and Upper Manhattan. If you need a ride, please speak up now by replying to this thread so we can arrange them today. If you do not intend to come, please remove yourself from the RSVP list. Thanks.

    August 22, 2014

  • Lori N.

    Will there be swimming?

    August 19, 2014

    • David K.

      I will not be able to swim because I have to go to a BBQ. But you can dip your feet in the water at the Mohonk Mountain House during the hike, or jump in the Wallkill river after the hike. We did both last year.

      1 · August 19, 2014

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