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Discover 50 Trails with Spectacular Shawangunk Ridge Views
This book is a must for anyone hiking at every level.
“Hike the Gunks!” is a book about the practical (hikes, maps and parking or three p’s … parks, parking and passes) it is personal, offering some exciting locations to investigate and explore. So let’s get to it!
Praise for Hike the Gunks! & the Shawangunks
“Steffen goes a step beyond the basic trail guide by including other things to do in the area and detailed descriptions of the hikes. A must have for hikers and people exploring the area for the first time. By far, the most comprehensive hiking guide book of the area.”
Mohonk Preserve Trailhead Ranger/Nature Shop Manager
“For anyone who has not yet had the thrill of hiking in Ulster County, this is a must read before you visit. Steffen’s careful research took place over the last decades as he explored the majestic Gunks. I consider the best tip in the book: bring a map and know how to use it. Enjoy every trail and make sure you come back again and again!”
Ward Todd, President & CEO
Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce
“Picture this: over 8,000 acres of forests, cliffs, ponds and streams that are ideal for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, trail running, rock climbing and more. Just 90 miles north of New York City, in Ulster County, Mohonk Preserve is truly a nature lover’s slice of paradise that, unlike most other hiking grounds, is also home to horseback riding opportunities within designated carriage roads that promise less foot traffic than other destinations. Make sure to start your day early to make a full day of it.” (July 18, 2022)
Editor, Time Out New York
“Between its rugged landscape and forested pine-barrens area, upstate has some stellar natural spots, and Minnewaska State Park Preserve is one of the best. The more than 22,000-acre spread has been converted into an egalitarian playground with 50 miles of trails, a new rock-climbing spot at the Dickie Barre cliffs, as well as old carriage roads well suited for mountain biking. Cool off with a swim in Lake Minnewaska or Lake Awosting, nestled between towering white bluffs and known for their translucent aquamarine color. Afterward, head to New Paltz for a break at the Water Street Market, where you can eat, shop, and take in art, outdoor movies on Monday nights (June–Aug) and free music on Tuesdays. Historic Huguenot Street is also worth a gander; the road features seven 300-year-old stone houses from the original settlement and provides a tangible glimpse at the history of the town.”
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“Few spots on our continent unite so much beauty of scenery, both grand and lovely, within so small a compass, to be enjoyed with so much ease.”
First Professor of Geopgraphy and Geology at Princeton University, commenting on the Shawangunk Mountains
“Whether you are an experienced hiker or a novice you are sure to find Steffen Kraehmer’s “Hike the Gunks!” to be a valuable resource for your hiking needs. He provides you with a list of 40 hikes along with their difficulty level and items you will need to make your hike safe and enjoyable. I suggest you keep this book in the glove compartment of your car for easy reference on your next hike to the beautiful “Gunks”.
Avid “Gunks” Hiker
Ulster County Retired Credit Union Executive