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Overcliff Carriage Road to Old Minnewaska Trail to Shongum Path Loop

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Mohonk Preserve

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 lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 544 ft Route type Loop
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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.

This parking lot fills VERY early on peak weekends. On summer and fall weekends, arrive early and consider carpooling to ensure a parking space at West Trapps. Or park at the Visitor Center lot and hike up the East Trapps Connector to the Trapps cliffs and to the beginning of the trail and carriage road network.

Take the New Paltz exit 18 off of the NYS Thruway. Go 7 miles west (through New Paltz) on Route 299 to the end: make right on Route 44-55. The Preserve Visitor Center will be 1/2 mile on your right. Go 1.3 miles past the Visitor Center, and turn right into parking area.

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Melissa Gaffney
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This trail was wonderful, and hardly anyone was out with us on a weekday (Thursday). Overcliff Carriage Road is a laid-out path that's very easy and easy to follow. Once you get on Old Minnesaska, that's more a traditional hiking trail, although it's a fairly easy one -- and quite fun. My dog had no issues, and she was also carrying a pack. We encountered one biker initially and then toward the very end of our journey, only two other people who were also at Split Rock. Aside from some steeper elevation changes (the small hill at the onset the way we went, and then some basic rock terrain at the end of Shongum Path), this trail is very approachable and a good length. We took Overcliff Carriage Road, then briefly Laurel Ledge to connect to Old Minnewaska Trail. Then, after a brief visit to beautiful Split Rock, we took Shongum Path back to the lot.

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Bartosz Zakrzewski
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David Ponte
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Lenka S
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John Schrenk
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Hiking

Awesome Aggressive Loop Trail on a cloudy day

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Ida Leung
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excellent

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kassandra Greenfield
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Julia Stewart
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kazi siam
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HikingGreat!
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Matt Banbury
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File under: Well maintained path for exercise. Towards the halfway point you’ll likely encounter a lot of gnats this time of year. Mostly shaded, well maintained. Better than most East Coast trails I’ve hiked. This makes it easier to focus on surroundings. The other benefit to this hike is that it will get you to some of the more interesting spots in the park. Giant’s Workshop and Arching Rocks Path are great ways to see Copes Lookout and explore the ridge line.

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Allison Plate
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Hiking

Challenging to get to the hike, but the actual hike was kinda boring and not challenging. We only did this one because we couldn’t get into the Minnewaska Park lots.

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JC Ho
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Easy walking trail. The entry fee is $15 per adult. You can do the entire 4+ miles hike or take old Minnewaska road to Skytop.

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Amanda Scully
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Hiking

Heavily trafficked, wide carriage trail. Nice easy walk. Not sure why it’s moderate. A little long for the kids because the vistas aren’t as impressive as some of the other trails. Most of the walk is kind of boring for a kid.

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James Switzer
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Hiking

Great medium length hike with a quick easy finish.

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jbee
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Melissa Prill
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Actually undercarriage trail to laurel ledge

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Clarissa W
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Hiking

Nice hike. We took our time. My dog loved it. Make sure to keep your pup on leash!

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Jack Shanahan
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Mountain biking

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.

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Jo Park Cunningham
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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.

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Michael Wong
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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

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Janine Esposito
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saw a bear

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Sara Luck
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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.

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Dina Hipolito
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Walking

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

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Adria Ivkovic
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Rock climbing

Very nice for a walk and amazing rock climbs!

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Sara Wilder
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Hiking

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.

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Rebecca Quicksell
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Hiking

Really nice trail!!

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Matthew Feder
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Great

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david pivnick
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Melissa Gaffney
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