Explore the most popular lake 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.

DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY.

Wonderfully fun climb in the gunks. Lots of rocks/boulders to traverse. The rock scrabble was fun but a bit challenging only because we got caught in a rain storm so it made the rocks slippery. There is one part that is very narrow and even with a tall slender frame it was a tight fit.
The hike started right at the mohonk mountain house. Since we were only going for the day hike (as opposed to staying at the house) they make u park about 1.5 miles away from the house. It’s also $26 pp which seems ridiculous to me. There are explicit instructions for day hikers that u aren’t allowed to even enter the mountain house. Overall though it was worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

Please tell people it costs $21 PER PERSON to hike here! This is absolutely ridiculous.
https://www.mohonk.com/a-day-at-mohonk/hiking/

A total blast. Makes me want to learn whatever kind of climbing this is (bouldering?). And the views!!!

incredible rock scramble. amazing views.

can't beat the beautiful views and great scramble

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on a Saturday in June in the summer. It was super crowded which was annoying. The lemon squeeze part was a long line which seems to be the norm but it was frustrating and made me feel a bit nervous and rushed.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike!

Excellent! Not for the timid.

This is one of my favorites in the Hudson Valley. A nice walk and a great rock scramble on massive Boulders leading up a great overlook.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike.....tight in places...love the scrambles.

We parked in a small lot at the end of Pine road. The trail to the pond is an old carriage road and is wheelchair accessible. The trail around the pond is uneven and narrow and would not be accessible to wheelchairs, but will be fine for children and people with minor difficulties walking.

We didn't see any ducks, but we did see a truly massive old snapping turtle rooting around in the lake shallows, as well as a green frog and some birds darting around over the surface of the lake. A number of friendly Mohonk Preserve volunteers were there, walking their dogs or just enjoying the late-afternoon light.

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice hike, beautiful day. Lots of little trails. You can just wander around and explore. We went up to the tower. It was quite windy at the tower. We had a free pass otherwise its $21 per person.

Great to see the bald eagle soaring above the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

I’m sure the trails are great, but they stop selling hiking passes at 4:30 p.m.. Very disappointing after a 3.5 hour drive.

hiking
4 months ago

Less hiking more rock scramble at parts but so fun!

Beautiful views

on The Labyrinth Trail

5 months ago

Great hike

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike to the top of Skytop Mountain. The ascent is steady, but moderate, and it provides great views of Mohonk Lake and Mohonk Mountain House from the beginning. There are several gazebos on the way up, which provide nice resting spots to catch your breath and enjoy the view. At the top, there is a stone tower that provides excellent views of the surrounding countryside, including the Walkill River Valley and the Catskills. There are several cliffs very near the trail, so I would not recommend this trail to people with a fear of heights.

Very fun trail up Skytop Mountain. It begins by snaking between boulders and in and out of caves. Near the end, it goes through a rock formation known as "the crevice." This includes ascending a vertical ladder and squeezing through a crack in the rocks. At the top is a tower, with great, 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, including the Walkill River Valley and the Catskills. I would not recommend this trail for those with a fear of heights, and I would definitely not recommend it to those with claustrophobia.

6 months ago

Just a warning, if you aren’t staying at the hotel, the hike is a little longer. They have you starting at the entrance to the preserve. But it’s worth it for the scenery and awesome views.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun trail full of great views and manoeuvring under and over boulders. One of the best parts is the lemon squeeze just before the summit where you hoist yourself up through a narrow opening between two boulder slabs. You get a lot out of the trail considering how short it is in distance, but the entrance fee is definitely overpriced at $26/person.

$21 per person to park!!

hiking
7 months ago

Wasn't going to pay the rediculous parking fee at Mohonk, so my son and I parked at the Trapps lot and took Undercarriage all the way out. Did the Labyrinth and then the Lemon Squeeze. 8 mile round trip.

fishing
8 months ago

I was leery about doing this trail. But I tried it and thoroughly enjoyed climbed over, under, and through rocks, over wooden bridges and climbing wooden ladders , the last one in a crevice before reaching the top by Sky Top tower. In the end I thought, "that wasn't so bad."

This is a nice trail with great views all around

hiking
8 months ago

Too short!! this was an amazing trail, it is true if you are afraid of heights better not to do it, but it is totally rewarding. The view is spectacular and the way back to the parking lot easy and relaxing. Take water, you'll drink it. A small backpack to be agile is better. Children did this, so don't be (too much) scared.

walking
8 months ago

Very easy way to get around Mohonk.

hiking
9 months ago

The labyrinth trail is a must! Just make sure your hands are free at all times. I had my tripod with me and had to get back to put it away when I realized the narrow path created by the rocks. Keep a light backpack also. When ascending the crevice I got stuck and had to take it away (in risky circumstances) to push it forward so that I could continue climbing. And do the Crevice! Totally worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

From the Mohonk Visitor Center along the lower trail and back along the upper Trail, there were some other hikers at peak color season, but it was not overrun.
The Labyrinth Trail itself was another matter. Certainly a blast to scramble over everything. The downer on a Saturday in October is that is was so busy and there were so many families with children as young as 5, that there were often very long waits as People coaxed and cajoled their children through tight spaces and scary spots.

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