GPS: approx lat/long = 41.73593,-74.20045 =
Driving directions: From New Paltz (exit 18 on the NY Thruway), go West on
Main Street / Route 299, and continue 5.7 miles until it ends in
a T-intersection with Route 44. Turn Right onto Route 44 West
and go about 1.5 miles: up a hill. Partway up this hill on the
right are the Mohonk Preserve office building and
overflow parking, then a hairpin curve left and more climbing.
At the top of the hill, Route 44 goes underneath an old iron bridge -- that's the Trapps
Bridge. Continue a little ways down the hill and the main
parking lot is on the Right. See Driving
The Trapps Bridge entrance has gentler and fewer and straighter
trails than Spring Farm. Start
by hiking up onto the old iron bridge, which will require carrying
skis. From the bridge, most skiers head north. The
Undercliff road goes in front of the big cliffs, while the Overcliff road goes in back of
them, and the two meet at the Rhododendron Bridge. We remember
Overcliff as the easiest start for beginners.
We have usually found better snow (and fewer hiker
tracks) on the Overcliff road, but the Undercliff road has interesting
cliffs and rocks. Coming back on Overcliff allows you to
finish your tour with a long gentle downhill.
Overcliff Road -- Maximum of 4.8 miles (8 km) total if you turn
around before you get to the Bridge. One-way distance
2.4 miles (4 km) to Rhododendron Bridge.
Undercliff Road -- Maximum of 4.8 miles (8 km)
total if you turn around before you get to the Bridge.
One-way distance 2.4 miles (4 km) to Rhododendron Bridge.
Total of about 3.4 miles (5.5 km) if you turn around when you reach
note: As of February 2010, Undercliff is often not
groomed for skiing, and gets many non-skiers walking on it.
Athletic skiers can make a loop of these by
taking the Undercliff road to the Rhododendron Bridge and returning on
Overcliff. Or even continue on past the Rhododendron Bridge a
ways on the Laurel Ledges road. It was marked with a "Black
diamond" rating (advanced)
when we were on it in January 2006, but actually it goes gentle for a
ways past some interesting rocks and cliffs, and then we turned
As of January 2006, Undercliff is often not
groomed for skiing, and gets many non-skiers walking on it -- so to
attempt this loop, it's often best to try to get there immediately after
a snowstorm, and break trail going out on Undercliff.
Adventurous skiers can also connect from the
Rhododendron Bridge to the Mohonk Mountain House trails to make bigger
The road going southeast from crossing Trapps Bridge
eventually goes to Minnewaska State Park
-- only for the very athletic and adventurous.
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