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Northeast Trail

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A trail through the woods along the Shawangunk Ridge offering excellent views to the east.


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2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

93%

Runnable

1,040' 317 m

High

701' 214 m

Low

100' 31 m

Up

439' 134 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Northeast Trail (blue blazes) picks up where Woodside Trail leaves off, just north of Mountain Rest Road. The trail traverses along the eastern edge of Guyot Hill and the golf course. The first intersection is where Bonticou Road (red blazes) tees in from the left.

The trail continues with magnificent views of Bonticou Crag appearing soon after passing Bonticou Road. Northeast Trail continues along the edge of the talus pile and through lightly wooded areas. It takes a right swing and ascends a small notch in Bonticou Crag. This notch requires a bit of scrambling and maybe two moves of climbing up with your hands. Most people in good shape wouldn't think twice about going up this. Coming down this notch is another story. Carefully down climb and be sure to have good footing prior to changing hand holds. From this point on, the trail travels along the eastern slope of the Shawangunk Ridge until it dead ends into Clearwater Road.

The trip along the ridge features incredible views, running along rock slabs, and through lightly wooded areas. Use caution when the rock is wet. From the dead end into Clearwater Road you can choose to return along the path you took, or turn left on Clearwater Road and link it up with Farm Road to get back to Spring Farm parking area. This is one of the more remote and less traveled parts of Mohonk Preserve.

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Land Manager: Mohonk Preserve

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Gunks Jesse

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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This is one of the difficult parts along the Bonticou Ascent Path.
Apr 27, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Beautiful views abound from the southern portion of Bonticou Crag.
Feb 1, 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
Take in this view of the Catskills from the ridgeline.
Feb 1, 2017 near Tillson, NY
Top of Bonticou
Aug 30, 2018 near New Paltz, NY

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