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Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail

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Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Paltz, New York that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 656 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers



no dogs

There is a $22 fee to park on the Mohonk Mountain House grounds, or a $12 fee to park at Mohonk Preserve's West Trapps.

1 month ago

A great hike. I had two newbie hikers and they were challenged but managed just fine. Only one tiny tight scramble. Path is well marked.

2 months ago

Gorgeous views, especially in the Fall!

4 months ago

The gps leads you right to the Mohonk house. $22 per person and is only a 2 mile hike. THEY DO NOT ALLOW DOGS on this trail nor property, if the rangers see you they will ask you to leave. Very disappointed came here to hike with my family, brought our dog and wasn’t allowed to, had to find another trail.

4 months ago

Excessive fees to keep out lower income families. Beautiful trail exclusive to those who have $30 to spend on walking. Absolutely no riff-raff or undesirables.

5 months ago

This trail is recommended for all levels of physicality. The trail surface is primarily gravel but well kept. Most of the elevation encountered occurs from the point you reach Mohonk Lake to the Skytop tower. The views are very rewarding, especially from the lookout tower. It is well worth the fee of $21 per person.

This trail is recommended for all levels of physicality. The trail surface is primarily gravel but well kept. Most of the elevation encountered occurs from the point you reach Mohonk Lake to the Skytop tower. The views are very rewarding, especially from the lookout tower.

Great trail

Worth paying $26 per person. Views are great. the trail is beautiful. I'll def come back

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Great to see the bald eagle soaring above the lake.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

$21 per person to park!!

Friday, November 24, 2017

This is a nice trail with great views all around

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Beautiful and scenic hike during the fall months. A must !!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Very easy trail. I ended up going on the weekend and it was ~$30/person to go hike! But it was worth it since I rarely go up to these parts. There are a couple trails in this area, so it's hard to tell where you are some times. But all trials either lead to the top where that tower is or the bottom, where the lake is. Basically the short cuts are difficult, and straight up the mountain, but you can take the easy long way. You could probably take a motorized wheelchair up those easy paths if it had some tread. I would only go here if you had family from out of town. There are bathrooms, and a hotel and benches, so everyone can participate. If it were just me on a regular weekend, I wouldn't spend that kind of money.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Very easy, leisurely stroll suitable for all levels. Amazing views in all directions, including the skytop cliff, (which, if you get a chance, definitely go check out!!), the Catskills and the Gunks, as well as hints at the ADKs in the background. Views of the old hotel are also stellar. Mohonk is truly a hiker/climber's paradise.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

love the lemon squeeze up the summit! Fun rock scramble.

Monday, July 18, 2016

It's the best if you do the squeeze lemon hike expensive but totally worth it!!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beautiful views and a tad bit more difficult than expected. But worth it!

Friday, November 20, 2015

If you don't want to pay $20 plus to park on Mohonk Mountain House grounds, there is a cheaper alternative. Pay $12 at Mohonk Preserve's West Trapps parking lot on 44/55. Then pedal down the Overcliff Carriageway. At the end turn right and go a short distance hip Laurel Road and then climb upGiant's Path. At the top turn right and go up Humpty Dumpty Road and turn left on Woodland road and then climb up Eagle Cliff Ascent. These two rock climbs plus they great views of Skytop Tower and Mohonk Lake and the mountain house made it well worth it.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Beautiful views and a very easy trail.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

My hike was way longer than 3 miles since it was the my first time at Mohonk area and we parked at one of those Parking lots way at the bottom of the trail. Yet, even though longer it is not demanding, maybe except for the distance. Leads mostly along the carriage roads, with beautiful views from the rim and the Mohonk Lake is like a little hidden treasure in the middle of the forest. I had a hand on a sling and didn't have any problems hiking any portion of the trail. Nice, relaxing hike not too far away from New York.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Very nice hike. The New Paltz area has a lot to offer for hiking. Mohonk is expensive for a day hike. However the trails are maintained very well and the staff on hand have excellent knowledge of the area and hikes in the surrounding areas. Great views.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The parking fee is a little more than a State Park but it's an experience. I've enjoyed this hike in various stages of my life: as a child, newly wed, and a mother and it really leaves an impression. I've stayed at the Mohonk House twice and that may be the reason. But it's not too overwhelming, yet you can climb over big boulders and picnic in private. It also gives you a little taste of rock climbing without any danger.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Very nice trail if you ask the locals there are a couple of swimming holes, perfect way to finish a hike.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The area around new paltz has a lot to offer. There a lot of trails for bikes hiking rock climbing sight seeing. There's something for everyone. O ya and its beautiful.

Friday, May 10, 2013

We went in early spring and I thought it was spectacular.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Been going to Mohonk for over 30 years & I'll admit the people and crowds have changed over the years but tis is just one of the most breath thing places in the world to must do the Lemon Squeeze while at Mohonk....its a difficult rock scramble but so worth the views especially from Sky Top....TIP* go hiking in the early hours or when tea is served at 4pm and the crowds are much less....

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Too much money for too many people. Nice views. Nice terrain. Too crowded.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

highway robbery. Most of the parking is on private grounds - run by the Mohonk "Preserve" or Mohonk Mountain House. They wanted $12 *per person.* Thats insane. Stick with the State parks.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A great day, easy trail and plenty of nature to enjoy.

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