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Bonticou Ascent Path

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An intense scramble up a huge talus pile offering incredible 360 degree views and great exposure.


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

58%

Runnable

1,119' 341 m

High

942' 287 m

Low

63' 19 m

Up

177' 54 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This is truly the highlight of Bonticou Crag. The Bonticou Ascent Path, marked by yellow blazes painted on the rocks, departs Bonticou Road after a brief descent from the carriage road down to the talus pile.

Follow the yellow blazes up the marked path to gain the ridge. Enjoy awesome views atop the ridge, then descend (more difficult than the ascent), or continue to follow the yellow blazes across the ridge line to the blue blazed Northeast Trail connection.

Contacts

Land Manager: Mohonk Preserve

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Gunks Jesse

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  5.0 from 2 votes

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#1,228

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This is one of the difficult parts along the Bonticou Ascent Path.
Apr 27, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Vibrant leaves grace the view from the northern tip.
Feb 1, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Enjoy this view of the Catskills from the top of the scramble.
Feb 1, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
The beginning of the rock scramble to gain the ridge at Bonticou Crag
May 5, 2015 near New Paltz, NY
The group's still smiling as we make our way up the scramble.
Feb 1, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Climbing the scramble
Aug 30, 2018 near New Paltz, NY

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