Mohonk Mountain House Hiking Trail, Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze
About a month ago the husband and I finally made our way together to an area that I’d told him about for a while. The hiking trails and Labyrinth scramble around Mohonk Mountain House. (For a video of our hike along the Labyrinth head over to HikingCampingTrails.com)
After getting a late start we head out on the drive up to Ulster county to the historic and majestic Mohonk Mountain House that overlooks the beautiful Shawangunk mountains. About six years ago a friend and I took a trip there and before the hike had lunch at the house. It’s funny how ones remembrance of something can be a bit different then what it actually is. Because my memory of being there before involved me skipping along (well maybe not skipping) in a happy fashion quite like a spry young ibex. This time I felt more like Billy Goat Gruff. In fact at one point in a video the Mr. made he said “hop along now” to which I replied “hop along now shall I?” rather like a grumpy old woman.
Once you walk the couple of miles in to the scramble. There’s a “Beware of Trolls” looking sign that tells you a bit about the rock path and Lemon Squeeze named crevice. On another sign it says that the Labyrinth is takes about 45 minutes. I did it in about four 45 minute increments but no matter, I prevailed. Besides I had work to do. I was taking photos, helping film and trying not to sprain my ankle the latter of which is the most important to me.
Now let me get back to how easy it is to forget about old woes. Apparently the previous time I’d been there getting back down had been so traumatic I completely forgot that it took some effort. You climb out of the Lemon Squeeze which is a true squeeze if you’re carrying a large pack and rather close if you’re not. After doing that, you arrive at a ledge which will then lead you to some steps that you can walk up and go to Skytop tower. The thing is, I have this (possibly not very) irrational fear of being in woodsy areas at night. I simply do not like it. All of you campers I’m sure find this amusing, enjoy the chuckle it won’t change a thing but my desire to commune with nature when the stars are up is severely limited and I have no issue with that. I’d much rather walk down a city street in the night than through the woods.
So due to our late start and our slow yet busy pace along the scramble we arrived at the top right about the time the sun was on its way South. Which didn’t leave a lot of time to really explore the tower but as it’s small it was easy to run up, take a few snaps and be done. What I didn’t realize was that the harder part was getting down, not hard if you know the way, but hard if you really didn’t look up a lot of information before hand and didn’t realize from the map you had, that you were walking in circles down the long path back up to the Skytop tower. Great at any other time, but not so great when all you want to do is be back in the parking lot by the time it’s dark.
After much dramatics (on my part) we realized that we should have taken the path to the right of the Lily pond and a couple of miles later we were back at the parking lot safe and sound. (Of course) with lots of video, photos and a good afternoon of exercise.
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