Here for your hiking pleasure is a Mohonk hike, it will be in 2 parts. Part A is for experienced hikers and scramblers only. Part B is for those wishing a leisurely walking day, no scrambling involved but you do need to climb The Stairmaster, a lengthy rock staircase to get to the carriage trails that will be your path. This will an absolutely fabulous day either way.
If you enjoy rock scrambles this is your day. The hiking part is not difficult, but it is long. We will do roughly 8 miles total, longer than our usual hikes.
I want to limit the scrambling group to 10 or so. Please put in your RSVP if you are scrambling. The scramble is physically tough. If you have any issues with ankles, knees, hips, or arms you should skip the scramble. You need to be able to scramble for at least 45 minutes. It would not be fair to anyone who would have to rescue you to do this knowing you are not 100% able to do it. If you have not scrambled with me before or hiked with me before I reserve the right to ask you to skip the scramble.
Please check out the pictures from this same event last year, July 20, 2013. Rock scrambling is very challenging.
Our first scramble will be the Giant's Workshop which is a short but serious rock scramble. Later on we will also do the Labyrinth, Crevice, and Lemon Squeeze which is a rather challenging rock scramble (at least 45 minutes) with several very difficult areas. It involves ladders, bridges, extremely narrow spaces, and if the rocks are wet it is more challenging. A fear of heights or claustrophobia could be an issue here.
Experience and good soled hiking boots necessary!!! You may want to bring your grippy garden gloves to save your hands....
The second group will enjoy carriage roads, no scrambling. You will determine your path and we will hopefully join up again at the end so we can enjoy our New Paltz dining together. There is no limit to this group.
NO DOGS. TRAFFIC IS LIKELY TO BE TOUGH with the holiday weekend, we may want to carpool. Newburgh people can start at Newburgh Bed, Bath and Beyond at 8:15 at the rear of the parking lot. New Paltzers can meet at the Thruway Park and Ride at 8:40. Put CARPOOL in your RSVP.
Bring: first aid kit, garden gloves, hat, suntan lotion, boots, water, snacks, bandana for sweat, camera. :-)
We will dine in New Paltz afterwards. For lots of Mohonk Preserve info visit mohonkpreserve.org. There is a map and directions. There is a $12 entrance fee per person.
$2 Meetup fee. It is free for you if it's your first event or over 50 events with us. Rain may cancel as wet rocks will be dangerous.....stay tuned and check back before the event. Please send me your cell if I don't have it, I will return with mine. Please no texts!!!! Happy day!!