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Shawangunk Ridge - Mohonk Preserve: Giant's Workshop, Eagle's Cliff, & Zaidee's Bower

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Distance: 8.4 miles


A challenging hike through some narrow rock scrambles, up steep cliffs, and various other assorted tight spaces with outstanding views of the Lower Hudon and Roundout Valleys as a payoff.
  • Always a good sign!
  • Undercliff Carriage Road
  • Giant's Workshop
  • Giant's Workshop
  • Giant's Workshop
  • Humpty Dumpty Carriage Road
  • Eagle Cliff Ascent Path
  • Eagle Cliff Ascent
  • An overlook at where you've been
  • Cope's Lookout
  • A view of the Catskills from Cope's Lookout.
  • Cathedral Path
  • Cathedral Path
  • Zaidee's Bower
  • A really tight spot!
  • The Opening
  • Made it!
  • Zaidee's Bower

This is a fairly challenging hike through several portions of the Mohonk Preserve near New Palz, NY.  The hike begins with a climb of over 250 stairs up to an easy carriage road that hugs the base of Trapps Ridge - an internationally known hot spot for rock climbers.  The walking along the carriage roads is easy, both at the beginning and at the end of the trip.  The meat of this hike comes in the middle, in the vicinity of Eagle's Cliff.  At the end of Trapps Ridge, the hike leads into woodlands and up trails that have been blazed through the talus at the base of the cliff.  After a pleasant lunch on top (I'd recommend Cope's Lookout), follow another path through the talus back down the mountain, and then continue into the woody solitude (and more rock scrambling!) of Zaidee's bower.  This hike has some very tight squeezes and requires the ability to support your wieght with your upper body, as well as good footwear.  I would not recommend this trip for small children or anyone who does not do well in tight spaces.

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