Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road

Mohonk Preserve, New York

Elevation Gain1,374ft
Trailhead Elevation1,608ft
Elevation Min/Max1270/1808ft
Elevation Start/End1608/1608ft

Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road

Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ulster County, New York. It is within Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 1,608 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,374 feet. The Patterson's Pellet viewpoint can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Lake Minnewaska Carriageway, Castle Point Connector, Millbrook Ridge Trail, Gertrude's Nose Trail and Coxing Trail.

Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road Trip Reports

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We accidentally ended up hiking in the reverse direction that the guide suggests, heading down the western shore of Lake Minnewaska and taking the Millbrook Drive. I suggest doing just that and leaving the best part, Millbrook Mountain Path, till the end of your trip!

The kids had a rush of energy when we discovered the narrow rocky path winding through mildly dense forest. A stream at the nadir of the path was a tremendous and fun reward for them after more than 3 miles of hiking. Then, as you emerge from the path, there's a wonderful place at the shore of Lake Minnewaska. The kids can refresh by wading in the somewhat chilly waters of the Lake. If you want to actually bathe, there's an official "beach" a few hundred yards further north along the east side of the lake..

If you're hiking with younger kids, you really need to watch out for mountain bikers along the wide well maintained Millbrook Drive. Also beware of the steep cliff at Patterson's Pellet and some other places along the drive as well as the precipice at the top of Millbrok Mountain.

The view of the Hudson River Valley on the easterly edge of Millbrook Mountain really is astounding. I highly recommend this hike with kids! But leave yourself at least 1.5 hours more than the hiking time suggested by the guide so your kids have the time to explore the Coxing Kill stream and the lake. We took 6 hours and had to hurry along towards the end to make it back before sunset.

Additionally, the rangers at the entrance to the park may direct you to park at the lower parking lot. Beware! It's a long uphill hike on asphalt to where the lake is and the trails start. If you have to park there, tell the rangers you have kids and ask them if they can give you a ride up the mountain (we hitched a ride from a ranger when we were already 1/3 up the steep hill).

I took a star away because of the somewhat boring and well maintained aspect of Millbrook Drive.

Millbrook Mountain Carriage Road Photos

Trail Information

Mohonk Preserve
Nearby City
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Minnewaska State Park
Local Contacts
NY-NJ Trail Conference Map 9
Local Maps

Trail Log