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Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze

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 5.0 (18)

90% rock scramble and 100% fun, this trail takes you up to Sky Tower via cracks and crevices in the side of the cliffs.


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0.9

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Point to Point

1,463' 446 m

High

1,257' 383 m

Low

276' 84 m

Up

71' 22 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

71%

Max Grade (36°)

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I would not recommend this in the rain; it is just too dangerous due to slippery rocks. There is a $22 fee per person ($27 weekend/holiday) to enter the Mohonk House grounds, and while this seems absurd, it is actually worth it.

Unless you are a guest at the hotel, you must hike over a mile to Mohonk Lake via Hugenot Drive, a gravel road. There is nice scenery, but it's a stroll in the woods, not a hike.

Description

This one of a kind "trail" is really a scramble through a myriad of huge rock piles followed by a battle with claustrophobia, as you squeeze your way up one final crevice to emerge near Sky Top.

This trail is certainly doable for almost all hikers, but fair warning that there are plenty of places to fall and injure yourself. Excellent shoes are a must, and some even prefer barefoot over the Labyrinth sections towards the beginning. Here one must crawl over, under, and between several ton rocks that is very much like a maze. This section is incredibly rewarding. There are several points where one must pause to think of the safest way to navigate crevices, though, the truly impossible sections wooden ladders are in place to make the route passable.

After the Labyrinth, continue south through a short singletrack trail and then over more rock, though now exposed to the open skies.

Finally, tackle the Lemon Squeeze where you must shimmy your way to a ledge from a crack underneath, with the last section using your arms mores than your legs. When you finally pop out there is a large cliff that overlooks some hills of the Catskill Mountains. Pause here for amazing views before heading to Sky Top via an unpaved road.

Sky Top itself affords a wonderful 360-degree view of the hills and Mohonk Lake.

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Land Manager: Mohonk Preserve

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Lou Poulas

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  5.0 from 18 votes

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Trust your feet and make your way out of the slot!
Apr 26, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Emerge from the Lemon Squeeze for this rewarding view of the surrounding Catskill Mountains.
Apr 6, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
You'll have to climb this ladder between a narrow slot in the rocks along the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze.
Apr 26, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Well, you really can't go back, so finish by climbing up through the crevice to the open air above.
Apr 6, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
The trail is inundated with rockfall underneath the cliff.
Apr 26, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Mohonk Mountain House on the descent
Apr 16, 2018 near New Paltz, NY

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Oct 5, 2019
T M
Sep 7, 2019
Michele Ann
Aug 19, 2019
Tiffony Schindler
So much fun!! — 1h 30m
Aug 2, 2019
Dorleen Kellicutt
11h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Komal Patel
Jun 3, 2019
Akiva Blum
Jun 2, 2019
Christopher Knight
Really enjoyed my day with my wife on this trail . Definitely gets that blood pumping and the adrenaline going . 0.5mi
May 24, 2019
Ryan Westcott