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Mohonk Hike!! Scramble or Walk... :-)

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!!

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  • Annamarie

    Great! Very organized and lots of fun!

    July 10, 2014

  • Barbara N

    Thanks everyone for warmly welcoming me into my first hike. Joan and Amy - I enjoyed our time together, esp. the "detour". I found the "cooling" kerchief at Home Depot, where it's called "Magic Cool". Cool! Helen - I do hope you are feel so much better.

    July 8, 2014

  • Annamarie

    Thanks for a great time!

    July 7, 2014

  • Adele

    Seems I missed a wonderful hike and meal. When I awoke Sunday knee pain prevented me from attending. It was too late to send an email sorry. Hopefully my knee will get better and I will join a hike soon

    July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really nice walk, scramble, and of course refreshing beer afterward! Really nice bunch of folks; it was great meeting everyone on my first OC hike. Thanks much for Sheryl for putting this together! Sorry about your fall, Helen; hope that the bruise on your head hasn't made you forget the first part of the walk! Hope you are doing OK.

    I uploaded two images of the scramble hike: a terrain view and a satellite view. The total mileage measured 7.67 miles, but as you can see on the map, that was back to my house at the end, not the parking area. There were also a few satellite dropouts due to our being in the crevices, so I think the mileage for the scramblers was probably about 8.5 total (sorry guys, I don't think we were near 10).

    Thanks again for a great day!

    July 7, 2014

  • jan n.

    Oh a lovely day at the park..thanks Sheryl and friends

    July 7, 2014

  • Amy

    Beautiful day ! Enjoyed being out with the group for walking at the preserve. Incredible views and especially enjoyed seeing the Mountain House.

    July 7, 2014

  • Steve

    Great hike and wonderful day - Thank you Sheryl for organizing.

    July 6, 2014

  • Sheryl

    Wahoo, an awesome, incredible, amazing day. Thank you EVERYONE for helping with our friend Helen, notably from my point of view (but not limited to), June and Pat, Tom and Marcell, Joan and Barbara, and those that I missed. We enjoyed a great scramble/hike and a walking walk, I believe everyone had a great day. We enjoyed a great time at Bacchus afterwards, sorry Betsy that we missed you for that. Thank you all for making it a great day!!!! Thanks Debb for your guidance with the walkers, Stew for the hiking advice. Hugs all around. :-)

    July 6, 2014

  • Mike

    Good group, great weather, spectacular views with a nice meal to finish up

    July 6, 2014

  • June A.

    Great hike, beauuuuuutiful weather and I finally got to see the Mountain House. Yay me! Thanks Sheryl!

    July 6, 2014

  • Deborah S.

    WOW what beautiful weather, great Plan B walk, we did 8.65 miles with several stops for pics and to enjoy the views from on top. Thank you Sheryl met two new friends, going to try and get back up here this week, love Mohonk Preserve, roads well marked and side trails painted with marks. Good wings and Hard Pear Cider

    July 6, 2014

  • Betsy

    Sorry I missed you guys at Bacchus. I can't check messages from my phone so I didn't know where you switched to until after I was back home. Next time!

    July 6, 2014

  • Mari A.

    Hi! We got the dog..on 299 now. See you in a few min.

    July 6, 2014

  • Mari A.

    Hi, Helen & I are running late..dog just ran out of the house. We are in New Paltz already. How long can you wait?

    July 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry for last minute cancellation. Car trouble. Have fun.

    July 5, 2014

  • June A.

    Changing to walking.

    July 5, 2014

  • Jon H

    walking for this one.

    July 5, 2014

  • Adele

    Not sure where we meet for walk. I am member of Mohink so parking is not a problem and I am familiar with area. ,

    July 5, 2014

  • Steve

    Scramble

    July 4, 2014

  • jan n.

    Annamarie if want ride meet me and Debb in fishkill exit 12 NY on 84

    July 3, 2014

    • Betsy

      Awesome, Sheryl. Thank you! I'll be there.

      July 4, 2014

    • Lynn C.

      I'll be at the P & R too, to caravan. See you Sunday. Happy 4th!

      July 4, 2014

  • Louise Leclerc M.

    Scramble

    July 3, 2014

  • Deborah S.

    I will not be carpooling from Bed Nath N Beyond as no takers, leaving from Wappingers with Jan and Ann Marie from CT

    July 3, 2014

  • Betsy

    Is anyone planning to carpool up the mountain? I'm coming from just north of New Paltz.

    July 3, 2014

  • Trish

    planning to scramble

    July 2, 2014

  • June A.

    Just FYI, it's it's going to be beastly hot I may have to pass.

    July 2, 2014

  • Deborah S.

    Sheryl, have never hiked with you at Mohonk, what lot are we parking in? I have to look at website map

    July 1, 2014

    • Deborah S.

      We could do 5 mile West Trapps

      July 1, 2014

    • Sheryl

      We are meeting at the Mohonk Preserve as listed above. I don't answer questions that are posted in the listing, as everyone gets each posting and I hate filling up inboxes unnecessarily. Yes, lots of stone steps up to carriageways for both groups. :-)

      July 2, 2014

  • Deborah S.

    If anyone wants to carpool from Bed Bath N Beyond, would be good idea as Holiday Wkd up in New Paltz,parking will be crowded. I'll be there at 8:00am

    July 1, 2014

  • Sheryl

    Both groups will start at the Preserve at 9:30. I cannot judge the dining time/location as our adventure will dicatate our time but I'd guess 2-3pm. We will be able to stay in touch, it wasn't so bad last time getting reception. Dining location TBD. :-)

    July 1, 2014

    • Monica R.

      Ok, thanks for clarifying!

      July 1, 2014

  • Annamarie

    hike, if there is still room in the scramble would love to do either! Anyone coming from CT, would love to carpool?

    June 30, 2014

  • Lynn C.

    scramble!!!

    June 30, 2014

  • Bill M.

    Scramble

    June 30, 2014

  • Monica R.

    Is it a 9:30 start for those taking the carriage road also? Or is this something where the second group joins the first group at a later (easier) point?

    June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be scrambling.

    June 2, 2014

    • Pat

      I guess you will be scrambling Les :-)

      June 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      dont i always.lol

      June 27, 2014

  • Patty

    Scramble

    June 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If there's a spot left to scramble count me in!

    June 23, 2014

  • jan n.

    Walk or scramble

    June 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be doing part b, don't get out enough to do any scrambling, but would love to do that!!!

    June 22, 2014

  • Betsy

    I haven't tried scrambling yet, so I'll skip that part. Does this group ever do beginner scrambles for those who'd like to try it but can't join an "experienced scramblers only" meet up?

    June 15, 2014

    • Betsy

      Oh. And carpool, too. I'm coming from Rifton so I'd want to meet at the New Paltz Thruway parking lot.

      June 15, 2014

  • Bramara

    Scramble

    June 15, 2014

  • Heike

    Scramble

    June 15, 2014

  • Stephanie M

    Scramble!!!

    June 8, 2014

  • June A.

    As long as my move is over by this date, I am in for scrambling. :)

    June 2, 2014

  • Mike

    No scrambling experience. Part B for me

    June 2, 2014

  • Bill S.

    definitely scramble!

    June 2, 2014

  • Deborah S.

    I'll do walk

    June 1, 2014

  • Adele

    I will be walking

    June 1, 2014

  • Mari A.

    Hi! Scramble please:-)

    June 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Part A scramble, please!

    June 1, 2014

  • TomDee

    scrambling

    June 1, 2014

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