Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail

#2 of 5 trails in Mohonk Preserve
Eagle Cliff and Mohonk Lake Trail is a 6 mile 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 and is accessible from April until October.

6.0 miles 475 feet Loop
hiking lake views waterfall
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Bradley Schwebler

23 Completed22 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

4 Completed4 Reviews

Beautiful views and a very easy trail.

Erin S.

Neil Capri

19 Completed3 Reviews

Alicia Devero

53 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.

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

10 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

10 Completed2 Reviews

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


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

4 Completed1 Reviews

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