The Gunks Trails Challenge, New Paltz

Directions: Numerous trailheads--go to website for directions to each.

Trail Information: Not a Trail or a race, but definitely a challenge.  Year one is in the books, but Tom and Marc, the two trailheads that put together this challenge in 2011, plan to bring it back in a shortened snow form this winter and again in 2012.  Twelve trail loops in 6 months in your chosen order; plus a Monthly Challenge trail.  Takes those up to the Challenge to all corners of Sam's Point Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Mohonk Preserve and Mohonk Mountain House on carriage roads and plenty of grueling rocks roots and single track, including rock scrambles and a ladder climb through a rock crevice. Loops range from 5.5 to 19 miles. Go to http://www.gunkstrailschallenge.com/ and log in to find a challenge and enjoy the GUNKS (Shawangunk Ridge).

Miscellaneous Information: http://www.gunkstrailschallenge.com/

Paul Muessig