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Check out these great annual running events at Mohonk Preserve!

Rock The Ridge - our 50-mile endurance challenge for runners and hikers.

The Pfalz Point Trail Challenge - a 10-mile run benefitting Mohonk Preserve.

Bridge 2 Bridge - a 5-mile run that's a great starting point for trail running.

Why Run in the Gunks

Come experience some of the best running trails in the Northeast, according to New York Runner magazine.

Enjoy jogging through open meadows with spectacular views, sprinting along gently rolling carriage roads, or testing your endurance up steep and rocky footpaths... it’s a runner’s dream!

Click here for some suggested running routes.

It’s a great place to train

Whether you’re an occasional jogger or a mad marathoner, the hundreds of miles of carriage roads and trails crisscrossing the Shawangunks (or Gunks) are a perfect training ground. Make this your outdoor track and see the seasons change while you better your time.

Is there a fee?

Yes. You can join online now, or you can buy a day pass or membership at a trailhead or at the Visitor Center.

Please note these winter regulations: 

  • All Preserve trails and some carriage roads are always open to non-skiers, such as Undercliff and Trapps Carriage Roads (from West Trapps Trailhead) and Farm Road and posted sections of Spring Farm Carriage Road (from Spring Farm Trailhead).
  • Please respect the signage and barriers in place when any carriage road access is restricted for use by skiers and snowshoers.
  • Don’t run, walk, or bring your dog on carriage roads that have been groomed for skiing. Running or walking on groomed trails creates “foot potholes” that can cause skiers to fall; they are also hard to fix and make the snow melt quicker. Runners or hikers on groomed trails will be asked to leave.

How can I help make sure that these running trails are here for the next generation to enjoy?

Please share with us the responsibility for keeping this a beautiful and peaceful place.

  • Become a member today. Be our partner in preserving the ridge!
  • Volunteer as a bike patroller, trailkeeper, backcountry patroller, or interpretive guide.
  • Donate to the Thom Scheuer Memorial Fund for Land Stewardship, which is used to maintain the Preserve’s carriage roads, trails and trailheads.

Banner photo by June Archer