Overcliff Carriage Road to Old Minnewaska Trail to Shongum Path Loop

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Overcliff Carriage Road to Old Minnewaska Trail to Shongum Path Loop is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near New Paltz, New York that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 544 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

This route initially climbs to near the top of the Trapps (steep cliffs). which you parallel on the Overcliff Carriage Road, along which there are views of cliffs and also the Catskill Mountains. You descend to the Laurel Ledge Carriage Road, and then turn onto the Old Minnewaska Trail, with some more views along the initial part of a descent toward Split Rock on Coxing Kill. Shortly before reaching Split Rock, you turn left onto the Shongum Path to regain your altitude. From the Mohonk Preserve's West Trapps parking area, take the West Trapps Connector (yellow), climbing somewhat steeply to its end at the Overcliff Carriage Road, onto which you turn left, beginning a mild ascent. Shortly after the summit (at about 1.5 miles), you begin a gradual descent which has a couple of points with great views of the Catskill Mountains. After about 2.5 miles, you will reach a complicated intersection at what is called Rhododendron Bridge. Turn left just before the bridge onto Laurel Ledge Carriage Road. At about 2.8 miles, turn left again onto the Old Minnewaska Trail (blue). Along the initial part of this trail, you will get a couple more views of the Catskill Mountains as the trail generally makes a moderate descent, with a ford of an unnamed stream which can be a bit interesting in times of high water. At about 4.9 miles, just before Old Minnewaska Trail reaches Split Rock (where, in season, you can go wading in the Coxing Kill), turn left onto the Shongum Path (red), beginning a (sometimes moderately steep) ascent. At the other end of the Shongum Path, turn right onto the West Trapps Connector to return to your starting point.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Overcliff Carriageway is from mountain top hotel era, beautiful views, especially at sunset, width of single lane county road so no fear of ticks if you keep on the carriageway. The loop includes Undecliff Carriageway with great views including the Traps rockface climber's paradise.

8 months ago

Sweeping views. Easy trail for all ages and dogs. Spot a porcupine in a tree or a hawk hunting below as you perch on a sunny cliff made of the iconic and bright Shawangunk conglomerate minerals. Year-round enjoyment, in my experience.

hiking
Monday, June 25, 2018

Great hike! The trip out on Overlook carriage road is easily managed and wide. Good views along the way. The Old Minnewaska trail is smaller foot path, beautiful forest scenery. Our mistake not needing the signs: took a stroller on Old Minnewaska, don't do that... The signs were not kidding: foot path only. Beautiful hike and kid friendly but wear long pants, can be slightly overgrown. Last leg 0.5 mi on red trail Shongum can be moderately difficult, with some scrambling over rocks, walking on planks over muddy areas. If that happens and some of your party doesn't want to continue that last 0.5 mi, you can send someone back to the parking lot at West Trapps and drive to Coxing to pick everyone else up

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

saw a bear

Saturday, September 02, 2017

I went up the opposite direction and it wasn't too bad of a climb. The overcliff trail was mostly human made paths but the rest of it was though. I did this in about 2hrs and 30 minutes.

walking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Absolutely beautiful enjoyed seeing people climbing the rocks nice to take a bike ride sow people with their dogs

rock climbing
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Very nice for a walk and amazing rock climbs!

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

A great easy hike! We took about 3 hours doing the entire loop- took a lot of time on Undercliff taking pics. Our dogs also loved the hike (which is actually a flat walk.) We saw a couple families so kids can definitely handle the hike, although the entire 5 mile loop might be a bit long- we were pretty worn out by the end! It cost $12 per person to go in btw.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Really nice trail!!

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Absolutely beautiful, and fun ride! It was fun watching people rock climb. Also it is a nice ride if it's super hot and sunny since its shaded for the most part. Everyone we ran into, whether hiking, climbing, biking etc seemed to be enjoying themselves.

mountain biking
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Great

hiking
2 months ago

cross country skiing
7 months ago

recorded Trapps

snowshoeing
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hiking
Saturday, September 08, 2018

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