Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail

#2 of 5 trails in Mohonk Preserve
Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New Paltz, NY that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.

6.0 miles 524 feet Loop
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips walking lake views waterfall wild flowers wildlife
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Miguel Sanchez
11 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful views and a tad bit more difficult than expected. But worth it!

Bradley Schwebler
6 months ago

28 Completed27 Reviews

If you don't want to pay $20 plus to park on Mohonk Mountain House grounds, there is a cheaper alternative. Pay $12 at Mohonk Preserve's West Trapps parking lot on 44/55. Then pedal down the Overcliff Carriageway. At the end turn right and go a short distance hip Laurel Road and then climb upGiant's Path. At the top turn right and go up Humpty Dumpty Road and turn left on Woodland road and then climb up Eagle Cliff Ascent. These two rock climbs plus they great views of Skytop Tower and Mohonk Lake and the mountain house made it well worth it.

Monica Sintigo
8 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Beautiful views and a very easy trail.

Erin S.
8 months ago

Neil Capri
10 months ago

23 Completed3 Reviews

Alicia Devero
1 year ago

58 Completed29 Reviews

My hike was way longer than 3 miles since it was the my first time at Mohonk area and we parked at one of those Parking lots way at the bottom of the trail. Yet, even though longer it is not demanding, maybe except for the distance. Leads mostly along the carriage roads, with beautiful views from the rim and the Mohonk Lake is like a little hidden treasure in the middle of the forest. I had a hand on a sling and didn't have any problems hiking any portion of the trail. Nice, relaxing hike not too far away from New York.

Bernie L.
1 year ago

Very nice hike. The New Paltz area has a lot to offer for hiking. Mohonk is expensive for a day hike. However the trails are maintained very well and the staff on hand have excellent knowledge of the area and hikes in the surrounding areas. Great views.

Bridgette Borland
2 years ago

13 Completed9 Reviews

The parking fee is a little more than a State Park but it's an experience. I've enjoyed this hike in various stages of my life: as a child, newly wed, and a mother and it really leaves an impression. I've stayed at the Mohonk House twice and that may be the reason. But it's not too overwhelming, yet you can climb over big boulders and picnic in private. It also gives you a little taste of rock climbing without any danger.

Joe Hauser
2 years ago

11 Completed2 Reviews

Very nice trail if you ask the locals there are a couple of swimming holes, perfect way to finish a hike.

3 years ago

12 Completed8 Reviews

The area around new paltz has a lot to offer. There a lot of trails for bikes hiking rock climbing sight seeing. There's something for everyone. O ya and its beautiful.

Trinka Ravaioli
3 years ago

5 Completed1 Reviews

We went in early spring and I thought it was spectacular.

Suzanne St John
3 years ago

14 Completed8 Reviews

Been going to Mohonk for over 30 years & I'll admit the people and crowds have changed over the years but tis is just one of the most breath thing places in the world to hike...you must do the Lemon Squeeze while at Mohonk....its a difficult rock scramble but so worth the views especially from Sky Top....TIP* go hiking in the early hours or when tea is served at 4pm and the crowds are much less....

Nicholas Abate
4 years ago

66 Completed66 Reviews

Too much money for too many people. Nice views. Nice terrain. Too crowded.

Kristopher LaGreca
4 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

highway robbery. Most of the parking is on private grounds - run by the Mohonk "Preserve" or Mohonk Mountain House. They wanted $12 *per person.* Thats insane. Stick with the State parks.

Boblinda Decker
5 years ago

1 Completed5 Reviews

A great day, easy trail and plenty of nature to enjoy.

Matthew Lebow
5 years ago

0 Completed1 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful....