Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

3 days ago

Such an awesome experience! The rock scramble was intimidating at first, but the view is worth it all!

amazing views and the labyrinth was challenging but rewarding to hike

10 days ago

we wanted a short hike and I thought this would be perfect as it is lightly trafficked - unfortunately for us we paid $30 to have lots of familes in front of us and behind us wanting to do this hike. this is definitely a moderately to heavily trafficked hike. we ended up not scrambling up the rock face because of how many kids were already working doing so and it seemed like it would be a very slow process as a result. we met a bunch of hikers who were coming down and who mentioned how busy it was on the ledge. not for us.

Incredibly fun and challenging hike! Just be cautious going down as it gets a little confusing which trail leads back to the trailhead.1

this is an amazing hike, especially the first 3 miles which is where all the elevation gain is and where you are mostly walking along the ridge. there is rock scrambling at the beginning and starting at around the 2.5 mile mark, and it is almost vertical in parts - but all the views are totally worth it! and hardly any other hikers! the second half of the hike was pretty in parts but there is atleast a mile of stream walking which was a little annoying. you definitely need good waterproof boots. all in all a fantastic hike and we look forward to doing it again.

Nothing I read ahead of this hike prepared me for the reality of it. I love hiking and rock scrambles and have done many, including the face of Sleeping Giant and Breakneck Ridge. To me, this was by far the scariest hike I have ever completed especially the last 10 feet until the top (Lemon Squeeze). That section took me a long time to overcome fear and persevere to the top. Once to the top it was breathtakingly beautiful but I cannot say I ever want to do this hike again. Still gets 5 stars though!

First time hiking and first time hiking on the Bonticou Crag Trail. I climbed the Crag! It was slightly intimidating at first however it was challenging and an absolute blast! The view at the top is breathtaking! I will definitely do this one again.

25 days ago

The trail overall is awesome. But it has a $15 per person fee which is very high in my opinion.

We enjoyed this trail very much. Great views of the lake and sky tower. nice and quiet compared to the more popular trails.

Favorite hiking spot in the area !

This is one of the best trails in the region. Lots of big views, light rock scrambling, and a pretty gentle but rewarding climb.

Absolutely loved this hike, the views are beautiful. I'm not very active unfortunately, and I definitely pushed myself a bit, but I did the hike in 2 1/2 hours. I highly recommend giving it a try !!

1 month ago

Went a little off trail for this hike but every second of the route was amazing. You’re in for some climbing so wear good shoes! Beautiful scenery and the overlook is outstanding. Had a great time on this hike, nice to put in a little work for the tops view!

Amazing trail and views. Challenging climb but worth the effort.

1 month ago

Awesome trails, gorgeous views! The rock scramble is hard but worth the effort!

Pretty view. Not a very difficult jaunt for more experienced hikers

Fall favorite.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Great scramble. Amazing views from the top.

2 months ago

got a little lost trying to go to talman seat first instead of just following the trail. fox path was flooded but it gave me a small little rock scramble to do. ended up doing 7miles before my phone died..so most likely a 9mile hike because we went through all the trails exploring. loved the lemon squeeze..at first I thought it was going to be short but it ended up being a good size with beautiful views up top. not hard at all in my opinion and even out of shape people could do it (in my opinion) I workout and hike often, however my husband doesn't and he did great! we started in pouring rain and finally it stopped which was awesome to get good views up top

Absolutely beautiful and definitely on the harder side which was fun!...

2 months ago

Spectacular hike. Perfect length and difficulty for our family. The kids loved the rock scrambling portion of the hike. It was challenging but totally doable for the 11 and 8yos. And me!

2 months ago

Super fun trail!!! Highly recommended!

Amazing view and some area hard to cross, but we did this trail with our kids so proud of them

This was my first time scrambling and squeezing over and under crevices. As someone who’s terrified of heights, this was the scariest experience of my life. The rocks were wet and my boots kept slipping. I gave this hike 5 stars because all in all it was challenging and the views were insanely beautiful. Scary but worth it.


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.

Please tell people it costs $21 PER PERSON to hike here! This is absolutely ridiculous.

The scramble on Bonticou Ascent trail is like an adult’s playground. It was more challenging than Breakneck Ridge for me, but the actual scramble was the perfect length—not too short, not too long. Just right. Loved it. And the view is gorgeous when you get to the top. The way down is laughably easy, but a great break for the arms and legs. I can’t wait to do this one again, and hopefully with friends next time. You def want a hiking partner to capture a cool shot when you get to the crag.

3 months ago

loved this rock scramble. the view and white rock at the top is fantastic. great views.

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