** Microspikes are a must and should be available as part of your gear for this hike.
Contact: Mike Clancy [masked]
Metro-North - There is a 6:43am train from Grand Central that arrives in Beacon about 8:16am. I live nearby and could pick up a couple for the ride to Mohonk. If interested, you must call or text me in advance (not through Meetup messaging).
The Hike: ** This is a winter hike and everyone should have foot traction**. We start hiking from the Peter's Kill parking lot on Rt. 44/55 at 9:15am. Please arrive earlier than that. This will be a fun, moderately-paced hike through a truly beautiful area of the Shawangunks. Hikers must be able to follow the trails on their own if behind the main group. Most of the trails are relatively easy but there are several short, but steep, uphills on the SRT trail. From the parking lot, we'll take the Bull Wheel Trail to the blue SRT trail. We'll turn left on the SRT and take in the views from Compass Rock and various ledges and cross scenic Peter's Kill. After several miles, we'll then take a detour to cross Rt.44/55 into Minnewaska State Park. Turn left in the park towards entrance booth and follow the paved road to the stream. We'll take the orange trail up to see Lake Minnewaska and take a lunch break. We'll then double back to the awesome Awosting waterfall. After leaving the falls, we'll take a carriage road for about 1 mile and then left on woods trails. We'll cross Rt. 44/55 again and enter the Peter's Kill parking area.
Distance: approx. 8 - 9 miles
Elevation Gain: Approx 1,600 feet
Duration: Approx 4.5 hours including stops.
Difficulty: Moderate; several short, steep uphills. Packed snow conditions can be expected on most trails.
Gear: Microspikes at minimum; Clothing for changing temps; water; lunch/snacks.
Map: NY-NJ Trail Conference Map #105; Avenza app; or similar maps or app
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See suggestions for GEAR on the "About" page for additional gear ideas.
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