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Hike to Sky Top via the Undercliff Road

3197 U.S. 44, New York

Details

Distance

7.3 miles

Elevation Gain

900 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by John Maurizi

Hike along Undercliff Road below the Shawangunk Cliff to Sky Top Tower via the "Lemon Squeeze." This is an exciting climb up a series of ladders lodged in the cliff. Amazing views await on top!

Starting from the East Trapps parking area ascend the East Trapps connector trail marked with yellow blazes.  You can also park at the Mohonk Preserve visitor center where you can purchase your access pass ($15 per person) and pick up a free map of the presere trails and carriage roads.  The connector ends on Undercliff Road which is a dirt carriage road that extends the length of the "Trapps" section of the Shawangunks Ridge.

Turn right on the Undercliff Road and follow for about two miles until you reach an intersection with the Overcliff Road on the left, Laurel Ledge Road straight ahead and Rhododendron Bridge on the right.  Turn right and cross the bridge then immediately turn left onto Old Minnewaska Road which is another dirt carriage road.

Old Minnewaska Road turns into Lake Shore Road.  Wood signs designate the trails.  After this point watch for a small wood sign that states "Crevice."  Turn right around the sign and scramble over the boulder field (marked with red blazes) until you reach an open book corner.  Ascend the ladder system until you reach the top. Some scrambling is required near the top after exiting the ladders.  Can be icy and tricky in  winter.  Once on top you have great views of the Shawangunk Ridge and Smiley Tower.

Descend to the left of the tower down the to the Spring Path and through the Labyrinth Trail exiting onto Lake Shore Road.  Return the way to came.  

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