Bonticou Crag Route
ElevationAscent: 412' 126 m
Descent: -426' -130 m
High: 1,080' 329 m
Low: 688' 210 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“One of the best hikes in the Gunks combining awesome views with precarious hiking!”— Gunks Jesse
Turn left, but stay right to take Bonticou Road as it begins a traverse around a small rise. Enjoy the view of the small depression on the left and look for wildflowers in this area. As you work around the rise, Bonticou Crag will come into view. Bonticou Ascent Path (yellow blazes) breaks off to the left at an obvious intersection directly in front of Bonticou Crag.
Take the ascent path as it rises through the talus pile and access the ridge via a notch in the wall. Be careful to follow the yellow blazes painted on the rocks and stay on course. Enjoy the scenery and explore the top of the crag. From this point, you may choose to descend and return the way you came (a popular but more risky route as the descent is a bit more perilous than the ascent).
Or, continue along the yellow-blazed Bonticou Ascent Path as it heads north along the ridge. After a half mile or so it will meet up with the Northeast Trail (blue blazes), and descend through a narrow and steep path. Use roots and rocks to balance as you descend. Follow Northeast Trail as it descends into the base of a small gulley. As soon as it starts to rise, Cedar Trail (red blazes) tees in from the right. Take Cedar Trail north past Cedar Drive to where it dead ends into Table Rocks Trail (blue blazes). Turn left on Table Rocks Trail and follow it all the way back to the parking area.
Land Manager: Mohonk Preserve