Explore the most popular lake trails near New Paltz with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


8 days ago

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

Absolutely love the trails at Mohonk Mountain House! Has great trails for easy walking, and tons of strenuous almost rock climbing paths. The also have a labyrinth path, which is absolutely awesome, with wooded ladders and crevasses you have to crawl through. Absolutely love coming to this place for a weekend every year!

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.

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.

Beautiful views

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.

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.

$21 per person to park!!

This is a nice trail with great views all around

8 months ago

Very easy way to get around Mohonk.

10 months ago

Why don't you let people know it's 21$ per person, and a 1,5mile walk to the start? I wanted to take my grandmother there and we were excited.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I absolutely loved it. You Park at the gate house and walk in. Adds about 4 miles to the hike (there and back) but it felt great. Mohonk is beautifully kept. Not strenuous at all, a couple inclines nothing bad. I went nice and early today and I had the hike to myself! It is $21.00 per person but if you have Mohonk Preserve membership it is $10.00

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

52 $ for parking and 2 people for 40 minutes walk. seriously?

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Thought this would be a shorter hike bringing my 6 yr old. Ended up being 6 miles round trip from parking. Very pretty up top though.

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

Friday, June 09, 2017

Some trials are a little difficult for a short while. I start hiking from the bottom entrance for a better workout. Most people travel from the resort but plenty of trails are around if you look.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great hike
Went with my kids 13 year old and my 1-1/2 year old in his carrier. We started from the visitors center did an 8 mile loop. Beautiful spring weather.

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

my favorite place because of the rock climbing through the labyrinth. views of the mountain house are spectacular. huge boulders and cliffs are white and great for climbing
I will be back next year

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Whether hiking in from the Mohonk Preserve, the MUA, or Mountain House Grounds this is an exciting, challenging, and beautiful hike. The first time I ever completed it was my first weekend of college at SUNY NP back in the fall of 2006 and I'll never get sick of going back.

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.

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!!

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

This is an excellent easy scenic carriageway path. Note there are no bicycles allowed on this carriageway!

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.

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