Mohonk Preserve - Trail, New Paltz, York

Mohonk Preserve - Trail, New Paltz, York

DESCRIPTION

Trails are connected to the Minnewaska trails, but offer more variety and length. Can take all the way up to Sky Top, where you can see four states around on a clear day. Lots of carriage roads, but also has single track and technical trails---just have to search for them.

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[Apr 10, 2006]
TomsMadness
Cross Country Rider

Not a bad place during the week for a good cardio workout and to take in some scenery. Like others have said, try to avoid the mountain house folks (preserve and mountain house are separate entities). Trails are pretty boring if your looking for anything challenging. Decent trails that actually allow bike traffic are far too short and usually are covered with wet leaves or overgrown with grass, so don't expect too much unless you "mistakenly" enter a foot path, which are awesome. Enter from spring farm trail head, since rarely is anybody there to collect fees.

Customer Service

Spring farm trail head. Take New Paltz exit if using NYS thruway, take left and proceed down 299 through the village. Take the first right after the bridge over wallkill river, and go up Mt. Rest road past the mountain house and you'll see it on the right.

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Stewart MTA "The Buffer Zone" in Newburgh is a far better place to go and take in some XC single track. For more experienced riders hitup Blue Mountain south of Peeksill or Ringwood in NJ.

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3
[Oct 01, 2005]
Fink Digital
Weekend Warrior

I just wrote a whole big review and the page didn't load right so this time I'm keeping it simple. Mohonk bike trails are boring. The hiking trails are fantastic. Really technical, hikers are mostly cool with it and almost no chance of staff or a ranger or someone catching you. Some really "take it easy or you'll get hurt" parts and some awsome drops and speedy decents with surprises thrown in. Place to go is spring farm entrance. Thing that sucks most is that they cahrge $10 per bike. Get to the main mohonk entrance (across from the golf course) and ask them how to get to spring farm. It's close and easy. Good luck and keep it dirty.

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5
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4
[Oct 01, 2005]
Fink Digital
Weekend Warrior

Mohonk's bike trails are like unpaved roads. No fun. Now their hiking trails are a different story. Those are fun as hell. Even at peak times, there aren't that many hikers and the ones that are hiking are usually friendly towards bikers on there path. The place to go is the spring farm entrance. That's where all the gook biking starts and ends. Ton's of trails, never gets boring. Really technical single track creek beds. Alot of drops that really take big balls to actually "drop" at speed. Some insanely fast and straight downhills with some fun stuff in between. There's a good amount of easy (or hard if you make it) up hills before the fun stuff. The hiking trails are intermediate and up. I'm intermediate and I usually take it slow. In a different context, like with a pro, these trails can be considered pro. Obviously quite a few trees you can't get over or around since it's not specifically a mountain bike trail, but overall you can have a great and at least somewhat new ride everytime you come here. Terrain is the usual catskill style boulder, small rock, big rock, rooty, and hard dirt terrain. Get to the Mohonk main entrance... across from the golf course. Ask the guy how to get to spring farm. It's close. Only thing that sucks is that they charge bikes $10 per. Good luck and keep it dirty.

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Heard Jockey hill is where the pros go. Nearby but never been there. Ask the local shops.

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4
[Oct 23, 1998]
Magic Matt

Mohonk offers beautiful, smooth trails suitable for any ability. Although users must pay a fee, it is much less crowded than adjacent Minnewaska SP. Many trails are closed to bikes, with closure strictly enforced. This includes the Mountain House area and Skytop, so don't expect to access these areas via bike. Familiarize yourself with the maps available, and you can put together many excellent rides. The more adventurous can combine trails in Mohonk with others in Minnewaska for an all-day epic trip. Avoid the lower Trapps carriageway, as this is nearly always crowded with rock climbers.

Customer Service

Some additional info on this area - Directions: Take NYS Thruway to exit 18. Take Rt. 299 into New Paltz, going thru town, over bridge and a couple miles further to end. Turn right on Rt. 44/55 and turn right at "Mohonk Preserve" sign (if you reach hairpin turn you've gone too far). Go into visitor's center where you can purchase a day pass ($7) or yearly membership ($40). There is additional parking at top of hill, but this is usually full after early morning.

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5
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[Nov 08, 1998]
anthony

This is a great set of trails filled with scenery, a montain house, etc. A graet place to bring a girl & walk around. However, 15$ a day???? and everytime I go, more trails are closed to bikes. Avoid this money pit and go to Minewaska.

Customer Service

any route leading AWAY from here

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1
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[Nov 16, 1998]
a

Great scenary, moderate climb and decent with a beautiful lake and house at the end of the trail to chill off. This is not a challenging trail per se.
The fee is a bit of a turn-off for a first timer. But if you like it and go back a few times in a season, then the overall cost isn't so bad. In general, it's best to ride in area FAR AWAY from the mountain house where it's less crowded and also less sanitized.

Customer Service

1) start from Trapp Bridge, Overcliff Rd for the great view, Undercliff Rd back to watch rock climbing actions.
2) Drive past the main gate, turn right and park in a dirt lot. Long, easy carrige trail to the back side of the Preserve and right up to the back door of the Mountain House.

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There's NO single track in the Preserve. If you're on one, you shouldn't be. Riding on hiking trail is the fastest way to get all trails closed to maintain biking at all!

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4
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[Dec 08, 1998]
bill

A day fee is a applied and there is also a registration fee for your bike good for 1 year. It is less crowded since you do pay, but the views are excellent. This is not a ride for someone looking for a challenge, it is a very easy leisure ride.

Customer Service

Try to park in the lot on your left after the hairpin turn parking lot. It is small so try to get there early, since they no longer allow parking along side the road anymore. The trial head is to your left up the hill a bit from this parking lot.

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Minnewaska State Park is just down the road from here and you only have to pay for Parking ($4), but there can be a lot of riders depending on the day.

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3
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[Dec 29, 1998]
Chris

Mohonk Preserve is the antithesis of what an outdoor event should be. The park has been dominated by some park "service" officials who have razed trails in favor of carriage roads, produced a veritable tome on the rules and regulations (which are strictly enforced by four-wheel truck and ATV driving Nazis), and even charge a great deal to pay for this fascist "service".

If you go, DON'T bring Fido, 'cause they're pretty up front about letting you know he's not welcome, and don't forget your Visa card, "cause at Mohonk, they don't take American Express, and you've got to pay a high price (financially, morally, and in patience) to ride the flat, boring carriage roads there)".

I hope they just uproot the whole damn park (rangers and all) and drop it into the city somewhere. I only wish I could give the experince negative marks.

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I recommend you pass Mohonk, and consider riding at the local dump. You'll find the people friendlier, the views better, and its free.

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There is an abundance of good riding one exit up from New Palz. Drop into the bike shops in N.P. and ask for directions. In addition, there are a bunch of old snowmobile trails (Verhooykill? I can't remember the exact name) with swimming holes that are pretty O.K. riding with fun swimming along the way.

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[Jan 24, 1999]
SEAN

Please drink a few extra cups of coffee or your N-Doze. The ride is pretty boring and the security
guards are a bigger pain than you saddle. Expensive! The people are snobby!

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[Mar 20, 1999]
Butch

This place bites..I've been to this park hundreds of times as a hiker/look arounder. It is stunning to look at, but the staff is on one big ego trip, always have been always will be. The fees are insane and the ride isn't. The only thing I would stop there for is to ask directions to Lake Minnewaska.

Customer Service

U-TURN upon arrival!

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Lake Minnewaska, park at the bottom and ride straight up 2 miles or so and jump into Lake Awosting.

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