Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Mohonk Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Super fun! I’m an intermediate-level rock climber and had a great time on the scramble, but could see the danger points of this route if your less-experienced on rock scrambles. Overal was a beautiful hike and the scrambling made it extra-fun.

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private property
9 days ago

For parking there they ask for 27.5 dollars per person. In fact, the trail is a private property and belongs to the Hotel, if I understand correctly. Near Minnewaska there are trails with the same views with a parking of $ 10 per car.

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fee
12 days ago

There are fees to enter trails & some are quite difficult involving using both your hands & feet to climb. Ladders are involved but the views are very much worth it!

hiking
12 days ago

Fun scramble not crazy difficult.

hiking
12 days ago

Great trail, we went on a beautiful day and it wasn’t too crowded. I have gone on a weekend before and it was super crowded so I would recommend not doing this trail on weekends. I noticed a lot of people missed the crevice however. There is a section of the trail that will take up up a set of stairs to the sky tower but if you want to do the crevice don’t go up the stairs continue on the trail

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rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Awesome hike, but not really kid friendly. Recommended for in shape hikers.

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rocky
scramble
15 days ago

You don't have to do the scramble, but I highly recommend it. Such a fun experience with a breathtaking view at the top. I'd rate this hike as hard and not moderate if you choose to do the scramble to get to the top. One of my favorite hikes in the New Paltz area

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rocky
scramble
20 days ago

This was a very challenging hike. A good pair of hiking boots is a must as the rocks can be slippery and steady footing is necessary to maneuver safely. We started at the the very first entrance to the trail. Note that to get to the trail head, you have to walk about 1.5 miles on an easy path from the parking lot. There is very little elevation in the beginning giving you a few opportunities to bail out if you decide this isn’t the right hike for you. It took us 3.5 hours to complete and we went all the way to the “crevice” and just took a few breaks to take a drink. Make sure to leave enough time so not to run out of day light. The Crevice is not for people who are claustrophobic, as the ladders are narrow and you have to squeeze through an opening that you have to go through sideways. A headlamp is helpful because the Crevice is pretty dark even in the day light. There were plenty of red arrows guiding you in the right direction. However, once you come out of the Crevice make sure to go to your right and look for the red arrow leading you up towards the top of the vista. The rocks require you to do a lot of climbing and having upper body strength is a plus. It would have been helpful if there were markers telling us how much farther to the Sky Tower, especially since we ran out of day light and emerged from the Crevice in the dark. Overall, a technically challenging hike but the views from the vista are your reward at the end. Glad we did it but probably wouldn’t do it again.

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rocky
scramble
22 days ago

great hike / scramble up combined talus and scree to the summit of the crag. More of a thinking hike than a flat out difficult all day epic, which it is not. Some moderate exposure but nothing too discouraging. Spend a couple hours and savor in the views... it won't disappoint!

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scramble
23 days ago

Awesome trail, beautiful views. Not hard at all and I'd consider it an easy moderate. I also detoured the rock scramble which would have made it more difficult.

Fun little easy trail to bring friends and family, the views all around the tower is amazing. Getting there is mellow and not difficult, it does cost $21 per person to hike.

Took this hike with our puppy so we skipped the scramble. Trails are generally well maintained and well marked, but there are many within this area, leading us to consult the map several times to ensure we were on the right path. Views at the top are stunning. A quick one but very much worth it for the views. Near the parking lot you also have views of the Catskill mountains.

hiking
29 days ago

We took this trail on a drizzly Sunday with our puppy. Trail was well-maintained with great views. This trail was less populated than nearby bonticou crag trail but just as nice. Fee of $15/hiker.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Nice trail but more difficult than it's presented. For $15 per hiker you'd think it would be better marked though.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Lemon squeeze was epic! Rock scrambling was challenging too. After that the hike is a breeze. Beautiful fall hike... Foilage was on point!

hiking
1 month ago

Entry was $28 PER PERSON to park in the Mohonk preserve. We chose to park on the side of the road, down the hill.

on Bonticou Crag Trail

hiking
1 month ago

wow! amazing! went up the trail to the right and climbed the Crag... hard rock scramble, not moderate. But worth the work. at the end of the hike they say it's The Million Dollar View. if so, the at the top of Bontique Crag it's the 10 million dollar view!

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scramble
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Definitely worth going!!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail was awesome overall. If you want an easy walk up to the peak, go left from the parking lot if you’re doing the loop (you’ll either have to descend the scramble or go back the way you came). If you want to do the rock scramble up to the peak (easier than going down it IMO), go right from the parking lot. If you don’t want to do the scramble at all, you don’t have to; there are other trails that will lead you around. We went up at sunset thinking it wouldn’t take too long considering it was only 2.3 miles and did the rock scramble up to the peak. Didn’t realize the scramble would be of moderate intensity over giant boulders. As long as you follow the yellow markings, you’ll be able to make it up. The views at sunset at the very top were amazing. Just make sure you bring a good flashlight to walk the rest of the loop because it’ll take you up to an hour after sunset. If you can’t find the yellow trail marker to lead you back down from the top, just trust the GPS location on the trail map shown on this app; the trail marker is on a tree to the side of the trail. We also couldn’t find the correct trail to follow the rest of the loop after passing the rock stacks so we had to go across to the other side of the loop following the Northeast Trail and then back down the same way we came up. Enjoy! PS, not sure if it was because we got there around 6 PM, but we did not have to pay any kind of fee to get in the park or pay for parking.

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