25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!
Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends
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24. Hike through the Lemon Squeeze
Okay, some of you — the claustrophobic, those with a fear of heights, and anyone with common sense — might want to take a pass on this one. But for the truly intrepid, following the Mohonk Preserve’s strenuous Labyrinth Trail through the famed Lemon Squeeze section is an exhilarating experience that you can only find here in the Valley. Part of the Appalachian Trail, the Labyrinth follows the base of the Shawangunk cliffs, eventually climbing its way up to Ephraim’s Point (a table rock where 19th-century hunter Ephraim Decker wrestled a deer by the horns with his bare hands — or so the legend goes). To reach the point, though, you’ve first got to negotiate “the Crevice” — a six-to-eight-foot-wide space that runs vertically between two gigantic quartz rocks. That’s rough enough. But then the Crevice narrows even further — to just one to two feet wide — and you’re in the Lemon Squeeze itself. Hikers make their way up sideways, using “ladders” made from tree branches. The effort, however, is rewarded when you finally reach Skytop, the ridge summit which offers unobstructed views of the Hudson, the Catskills, and beyond.