This is the ridge trail, blue blazed, that goes from the steel bridge at the Mohonk Preserve, across the top of the Near Trapps crag, Bayards crag out to Millbrook Mountain. This is the approach trail to Millbrook Mountain's climbing area as well, you will be rapping down to start the climbs. Please respect any climbing closures as some areas can be nesting grounds for peregrine falcons.
The trail starts with some easy slab climbing, no gear required, all fourth class, gains the ridge, and then goes along the ridge ducking in and out of the forest. You come across a few glacial erratic along the way, some swamp areas, and some climbing amongst pitch pines.
Once you get out to Millbrook Mountain, you are at the top of the steepest crag at the Gunks, and have an almost 180 degree view of the Wallkill Valley out to the Hudson Valley. You can see the South Taconic Range, the Hudson Highlands, and to the south you can see parts of the Jersey Highlands.
There are a few sections of steep hiking/climbing, but nothing too bad except during the winter when parts of it will be icy and you will have to proceed with caution.
You can make this an out and back hike, or combine it with the Coxing Trail for a loop hike. There are also two trails that connect with this trail, the Bayards Path and Millbrook Cross trail. You can also go further along the ridge for a hike out to Gertrude's Nose, which is just less than two miles away along the red blazed trail.
Park at either the West Trapps Lot on the Mohonk Preserve; get there early, this is the main climbers lot, or at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center. You will need a
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