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Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze

Intermediate/Difficult

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0.5 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
75% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 276' 84 m
Descent: -71' -22 m
High: 1,463' 446 m
Low: 1,257' 383 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 71% (36°)

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Trail shared by Lou Poulas

90% rock scramble and 100% fun, this trail takes you up to Sky Tower via cracks and crevices in the side of the cliffs.

Lou Poulas

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

I would not recommend this in the rain; it is just too dangerous due to slippery rocks. There is a $22 fee per person ($27 weekend/holiday) to enter the Mohonk House grounds, and while this seems absurd, it is actually worth it.

Unless you are a guest at the hotel, you must run over a mile to Mohonk Lake via Hugenot Drive, a gravel road. There is nice scenery, but it's a stroll in the woods, not a run.

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Description

This one of a kind "trail" is really a scramble through a myriad of huge rock piles followed by a battle with claustrophobia, as you squeeze your way up one final crevice to emerge near Sky Top.

This trail is certainly doable for almost all runners, but fair warning that there are plenty of places to fall and injure yourself. Excellent shoes are a must, and some even prefer barefoot over the Labyrinth sections towards the beginning. Here one must crawl over, under, and between several ton rocks that is very much like a maze. This section is incredibly rewarding. There are several points where one must pause to think of the safest way to navigate crevices, though, the truly impossible sections wooden ladders are in place to make the route passable.

After the Labyrinth, continue south through a short singletrack trail and then over more rock, though now exposed to the open skies.

Finally, tackle the Lemon Squeeze where you must shimmy your way to a ledge from a crack underneath, with the last section using your arms mores than your legs. When you finally pop out there is a large cliff that overlooks some hills of the Catskill Mountains. Pause here for amazing views before heading to Sky Top via an unpaved road.

Sky Top itself affords a wonderful 360-degree view of the hills and Mohonk Lake.

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Land Manager: Mohonk Preserve

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Emerge from the Lemon Squeeze for this rewarding view of the surrounding Catskill Mountains.
Apr 6, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
Mohonk Mountain House on the descent
Apr 16, 2018 near New Paltz, NY
Well, you really can't go back, so finish by climbing up through the crevice to the open air above.
Apr 6, 2017 near New Paltz, NY
One of the first sights after managing the crevice climb through the Lemon Squeeze in New Paltz, NY
Feb 28, 2018 near New Paltz, NY
Smiley's Tower
Apr 16, 2018 near New Paltz, NY
It's true there isn't solitude climbing up the Labyrinth and the Lemon Squeeze, but the views more than make up for the crowds.  Here is an Autumn view of Lake Mohonk.
Feb 28, 2018 near New Paltz, NY

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