HIKING IN HIGH FALLS:
The High Falls is located in the Catskills and just 5 minutes from Mohonk Mountain Preserve. In the winter you can literally see Mohonk Mountain House from the home's deck and front yard. With that said you are literally just walking steps away from the best hikes the Hudson Valley has to offer.
Enjoy great hikes at Mohonk Mountain, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Split Rock Falls- Mohonk Preserve...
Lemon Squeeze at Mohonk Mountainhouse
This is a popular jaunt of avid rock scramblers. The Lemon Squeeze is named after one of its last stretches where you're basically ‘squeezed’ like a lemon to get to the top.
Difficulty? 8 out of 10. This amazing hike will put all your muscles in your legs, arms and hands to work gripping, climbing and wiggling your way between rocks. Be prepared to upscale many ladders stratal'ed between tight crevices and doing some hard rock scrambling plus a 2 mile hike to and from the Lemon Squeeze Hike. We took the shuttle bus up to save an hour + off our journey (definitely recommended if you're on a time crunch, shuttle is free but be sure to tip your driver).
At the top there is an amazing view at the lookout tower which looks west over the Ridge. An unobstructed panoramic view from the top of it all!
Located off exit 18 (New Paltz) on the NYS Thruway. Cost is $25 per person upon arrival of Mohonk's Mountainhouse base.
THE FIVE LOCK WALK
The D&H canal property was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968, and locks 16 through 20 were cleared and refurbished (to the extent possible) in 1999. Originally built in 1847, these five locks were part of a new route designed to accommodate increased traffic and larger boats. A loading quay can be seen just past lock 16. Constructed with Shawangunk conglomerate, an indigenous stone, each lock measures 90’ long, 15’ wide, and 15’ deep, and provides an average change in elevation of 12.6’.
The towpath is approximately one-half mile in length, and can be accessed year-round during daylight hours, without charge.
Read more: D&H Canal Five Lock Walk
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Hiking, biking, rock climbing and horseback riding, swimming...
Located in Ulster County, NY Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky
terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, world-class rock climbing.
Photo of map taken from: http://www.lakeminnewaska.org
Split Rock Falls- Mohonk Preserve
A diverse wading area in Coxing Kill where the creek plunges into a small gorge of solid rock and streams out on the other end into a pool.
Take 44/55 to Clove Rd. Keep to the right on this dirt road, over bridges, until you get to the to the Coxing Kill Trailhead and parking area.