Lookin’ for a hearty helpin’ of rock scramble? Here you have it! During this hike in Mohonk Preserve outside of New Paltz, NY, we venture up the giant talus fragments of Bonticou Crag.
The hike begins at the Spring Farm trailhead off Upper 27 Knolls Road. This is one of the Preserve’s smaller parking lots and fills VERY early on peak weekends. Mohonk’s site recommends arriving early on summer and fall weekends, and considering carpooling to ensure a parking space (and they’re not kidding!).
After parking, you’ll begin following signs for the “Crag Trail” leading you toward “Bonticou Road”. Off of this carriageway, you’ll find the yellow-blazed “Bonticou Ascent Path” where your rock scramble awaits!
Be sure to have proper footwear and a craving for climbing before attempting this ascent. Once you begin scaling Bonticou’s giant chunks of white Shawangunk conglomerate and avoiding falling into gaping crevices, you’ll find yourself wondering how this could possibly be the trail! Oh, but it is (and how).
This unique trek culminates with a 360° view encompassing the Catskill Mountains and beyond and is chock-full of one-of-a-kind perspectives. Definitely worth shinnying up such a precarious precipice!
For more information on this hike as well as other Unboring Exploring adventures, visit www.unboringexploring.com.
See you on the trail!