I’m not foreign to strenuous hikes, but I’ve never been on one as aggressive as my recent Upstate New York adventure.
I drove to the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz on Friday and completed the roughly 5.5-mile hike overlooking the stunning Mohonk Mountain House (which turned into a journey upwards of 7 miles, thanks to taking the wrong trail and having to do a lot of backtracking). The most treacherous part of the trek, dubbed the Labyrinth, is riddled with complicated rock scrambles and is highlighted by the famed Lemon Squeeze: a steep climb approaching the mountain top through a tight crevice that’s certainly not for the claustrophobic.
Making my way through Mohonk Preserve’s famed Lemon Squeeze.
Prior to the trip, I read what was required to complete the hike from several people who have conquered the Labyrinth, and was surprised to see not everyone recommended proper hiking footwear. After making my way to the top, I can assure you that it’s a disservice to wear anything but a good light hiker.
The boot I wore on the excursion was the Keen Aphlex, which is out now and retails for $160.
Keen Aphlex Waterproof Boot (Men’s), $160; keenfootwear.com
Keen Aphlex Waterproof Boot (Women’s), $160 $109.99; keenfootwear.com