The Mohonk Mountnain House is a ritzy resort in New Paltz [1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561]. Those who stay at the castle have access to Lake Mohonk, tennis courts, golf, and all sorts of activities; it sure looks like a beautiful place to stay if you’ve got the funds. All of that seems well and nice, but I was interested in taking a visit to Mohonk for a different reason – to hike! The Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze trail was on my summer bucket list, a hike I had wanted to take for years and finally splurged on. This hike is pretty expensive, but remember it’s located on the grounds of a lavish Victorian castle. It will set you back twenty-one dollars on weekdays and twenty-six dollars on weekends, per hiker. The trails are renowned for impeccable views and the 5.5 mile round trip adventure did not disappoint, money well spent. If you plan on visiting during the late fall or early winter call first for hiking conditions at 845-256-2197. We took the woodsy path from the day hiker lot into the resort winding up to sky top carriage road.
As a day hiker you’re not allowed inside, but you don’t have ‘day hiker’ written on your forehead so no one will know whether you are an overnight guest or not. We explored and admired for a few minutes, but soon enough we were ready to get the real portion of our hike on. We walked around the edge of the lake and found the trailhead and entered at our own risk.
A series of ladders in a narrow passageway, and a bit of hoist to get yourself on top of it all. After all of your exertion you will see the sky top tower, you may have noticed it on top of that mountain in front of you as you were driving up the road earlier.
After you’ve had your fill, make your way back down towards the resort. We stopped by the children’s garden and had a surprising amount of fun there. There are many fruits and vegetables to eat, so sweet fresh from the vine.
Hiking the Shawangunk Mountains is always a treat, and this particular trail an extravagant one. I am so happy I had the opportunity to complete the labyrinth and lemon squeeze, I will always remember this hike. The drive back into town was beautiful and we happily stopped to gawk at a sunflower patch