While climbing to the pinnacle of the impressive Albert K. Smiley Memorial Tower is the goal for many who hike to the summit, many also climb out onto the inclined rock where they are treated to spectacular vistas in all directions. The impressive views of the valley below as well as exhilarating windswept sense of danger have beckoned Mohonk Mountain House guests and others for nearly a century and a half.
Although some enjoy the challenge of the tortuous ascent through the labyrinth, others take the easier and gentler route to the crest via Sky Top Carriage Road either on foot or in a horse drawn carriage.
The undated early photo shows a group of students from the New York State Normal School at New Paltz on an outing enjoying the wind-swept view of Home Farm, one of the six farms once maintained by the Mohonk Mountain House. The latter photograph reveals not only the heavily wooded slopeland and Home Farm, but also the Wallkill River Valley and beyond to the east.
Now: Glenn Koehler