West Trapps Parking Area


I.  Trapps Mountain Hamlet Path to Van Leuven Cabin.  Easy 1.5 mile round-trip walk from West Trapps Trailhead to see traces of a 19th-century mountaintop community.


II.  Millbrook Ridge Trail.  Three loop hikes of varying length with great views and possible sightings of migrating hawks.

1. Bayards Path Loop.  1.5 mile round trip walk from West Trapps Trailhead starts out with a 1/4-mile strenuous climb leading to a panoramic view from a hawk watch sit, then along the crest of the ridge for views of the entire valley.

2. Millbrook Cross Loop. Moderate to strenuous 4.25 miles.  Take Millbrook Ridge Trail 2.0 miles to the junction of the red-blazed Millbrook Cross Trail.  Turn right on Cross Trail 1/4 mile to Coxing Trail and site of old farmstead.  Turn right on blue-blazed Coxing Trail 3/4 mile to Trapps Road.  Turn right and follow Carriage Road 1.25 miles to Trapps Bridge.

3.  Millbrook Mountain Loop.  Strenuous 5.5 miles.  Follow Millbrook Ridge Trail 2.25 miles to Millbrook Mountain.  The last section of this hike is a 1/2 mile uphill climb rewarded with great views of the Wallkill Valley and beyond.  To return, take the Millbrook Ridge Trail back a short distance to the Millbrook Mountain Trail marked with red blazes.  Follow this trail downhill to the junction of the blue-blazed Coxing Valley Trail.  The Coxing Valley Trail begins downhill over gently sloping slab rock with great views to the north, then descends into woodlands ending 1.75 miles later at the Trapps Carriage Road.  Turn right and follow Carriage Road 1.25 miles to Trapps Bridge. 


III.  Overcliff and Undercliff Carriage Roads.  Easy 4.5 miles.  Begin this walk at the Trapps Bridge.  Heading east, follow the right fork in the Carriage Road, which will put you on Undercliff Road.  This road follows the base of the very popular rock climbing area of the Shawangunks.  Continue over the level Carriage Road 2.25 miles to Rhododendron Bridge which is a junction of numerous roads.  At Rhododendron Bridge, make a left turn onto Overcliff Road for the 2.25 mile return to Trapps Bridge.  Overcliff provides many nice views of the Rondout Valley, the Catskills and the western ridge of the Shawangunks.