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  1. Lauren C

    I just parked at the Undercliff/Overcliff lot mentioned in this post and headed over to the Mohonk Labyrinth from there and the price for the Undercliff/Overcliff lot has increased to $15 for a day hiking pass! It is no longer $12 as mentioned above so I recommend updating it above! Thank you always for the awesome guide!

    1. Mike

      Lauren, thank you so much for the heads-up! My apologies for not getting a response here sooner. The Cheapskate Alert above is now updated to $15. Much appreciated!

  2. nyprof

    I recommend that anyone visiting the Mohonk Preserve for the first time to stop at the Visitor Center and get oriented. Maps, a video, interactive exhibits, and helpful folks will make your hikes more enjoyable

  3. Mack

    My daughter and I did this hike a few weekends ago and had a great time. I would suggest doing the loop in the opposite direction (Overcliff then Undercliff) if you arrive early as we did; we saw lots of rock climbers putting on their gear and staking out their spots, but none were yet actually climbing at about 9:30 on a cool April Sunday morning. If we had walked the loop in the reverse direction we likely would have found more action on the rocks! In fact, we started from the parking lot at the same time as a Mohonk Preserve guided group and passed them at the intersection of Undercliff and Overcliff going the opposite way. Thanks, as always, for your great guides!

  4. Megh

    Forgot to mention, it was $12 at the gate, that came with a wristband that identifies you as a hiker/cyclist/etc. and a free map, and it was totally worth the money.

  5. Megh

    Great information. Went out today on a warmish day in February. When the leaves are gone you have spectacular mountain views nearly the entire Undercliff/Overcliff loop. Was not disappointed by either the views or the by the gravity defying rock climbers along the Undercliff trail. I parked at a secondary lot a short distance from the beginning of the loop and logged 5.26 miles.
    Perfect trail for beginners, runners, bikers, cross country skiiers and snowshoeing. Trail is either flat or at a very, very gentle rise- you could easily take a stroller or wheelchair.
    I would recommend for someone who wants to get out and see great views, but perhaps isn’t ready for ‘moderate’ trails yet. A winner.

  6. Mario O

    Mike,
    Great post/pictures/hike summary! Excellent information. I just have a quick question. If I take the cheap way up to Mohonk Mountain House and to the Labyrinth rock scramble and up through the Lemon Squeeze from parking lot you mentioned in step 1……..is that a 8-9 mile round trip or just one way? I have 2 weeks off in July and will like to hike this trail.

    Thanks in advance for any additional information.

    Mario.

    1. Mike

      Hi Mario — 8-9 miles is the total roundtrip distance. Enjoy your time off, and good luck if you give it a whirl!

  7. Sean

    Hey great description! I am going to give the “cheap” way a go because im going to be with 4-5 people all of which are experienced hikers in great shape but also poor college kids haha. I was wondering if you had any advice for us? Thinking of hitting the trail next weekend weather permitting. Also is there somewhere to pick up a map or better to print one out or search my archive of maps of the area?

    1. Mike

      Sean — In-shape, poor college kids are the target audience for the cheaper, longer loop to the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze. Good luck to you all! You can usually get a map at the Trapps parking area, if there’s an attendant to give you one. I also found this map, which looks like a modified version of the map they give you at the Mountain House — you can see the Undercliff Road coming in from the left, which is the way you’ll be coming in: http://nyskiblog.com/directory/#nabble-td4649805. (If you have time to wait for the printed maps to arrive, the definitive map set for this area, including a ton of other great hikes, are the Shawangunk maps from the NY-NJ Trail Conference: http://www.nynjtc.org/product/shawangunk-trails)

      Just snake your way over toward the lake and you’ll find the entrance to the Labyrinth near the Mountain House itself. I hope this is all helpful, and have a great adventure out there! (Bring plenty of snacks and water – you’ll need ’em!)

  8. Laurie

    If it was $25 for both my boyfriend and I, I would have considered it. But it’s crazy spending $50 on a hike. Need to get in better shape, and then Im deffenitily taking the long way. Not worth the money no matter how beautiful the views are, or how short the trail is.

  9. Samit

    This post was really helpful. I went along with some friends to check out this place and had no difficulty in navigating my way after reading this post. The GPS address provided was quite helpful too!

    1. Mike

      Samit,

      Thanks so much. I’m glad to hear that this site was useful, and that you had a good day out there with your friends!

      Mike

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