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Lemon Squeeze & Labyrinth — Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz (Ulster County)

Why we love it

This natural playground on the grounds of the famed Mohonk Mountain House invites you to crawl under, around and over boulders — the Labyrinth — before reaching a one-of-a-kind grand finale — a stomach-steeling climb via ladder up a slender crevice in a cliff. After pulling yourself through this affectionately named Lemon Squeeze, your reward is an awe-inspiring, panoramic view of the Shawangunk Ridge and Hudson Valley, which only gets better after ascending the nearby Skytop Tower. It’s perhaps the valley’s most memorable day-hiking experience.

More to explore

Mohonk Mountain House is perched above New Paltz, which offers dozens of options for restaurants, entertainment and lodging. Or you can book a meal or a stay at the fabled hostelry itself.


  • Unique rock-scrambling adventure
  • Interesting and historic grounds of the Mohonk Mountain House
  • The seemingly infinite view from Skytop Tower

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