Peterskill is an area of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located 2 miles east of the Trapps on Rte 44/55 in Kerhonkson, NY. Peterskill features a small cliff band about 50 to 80 feet in height, but also features one of the highest concentration of documented bouldering problems in the Gunks. To walk from one end of the Peterskill cliffs to the other would take less than 15 minutes and in that time you'll walk through many areas densely packed with high quality boulder problems of all grades.
MSPP allows only 30 bouldering passes per day (they allow 70 roped climbing passes per day) which means that it is unlikely that you'll see huge crowds of pads and people under the boulders. Passes cost $7 per person. This can be a good thing if you're looking for a spot to quietly hone your skills on the moderates or a bad thing if you're looking to stack some pads for your death-defying project. The only time that the number of passes becomes an issue are the first nice days in Spring and those heavenly weekends in September in October. On most weekends in the Summer and almost always during the week you'll have no need to worry.
The Peterskill boulders are mostly in the shade which keeps the climbing relatively cool, but the rocks take a little bit longer to dry out. Don't be surprised if the horizontal cracks and pockets still feel a little wet a day or two after a heavy rain. In the spring the bugs are pretty heinous compared to the Trapps Carriage road, but the friction is excellent, so it's usually worth it.
You have to keep an eye on the time as the park closes for the night and the rangers lock the gate. They WILL lock your car in for the night, which means you'll get a ticket from the New York State Park Police. There is no camping at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, so you should use the DEC Multiple Use Area where most visiting climbers camp. For info on food, and other places to stay nearby, check out the Gunks main page.
Finally, cell phone reception is virtually non-existent in the boulder fields. Plan accordingly.
Peterskill is located approximately 1.4 miles past the West Trapps Parking Area for the Gunks; continue along 44/55 past the Trapps lot, and you'll see the Minnewaska State Park - Peterskill Climbing Area sign on your right. From the parking lot to the boulders is no more than a few minutes walk; even at the furthest boulders, you're not more than 10 minutes from the parking lot.
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: The Gunks
: ... : Outbreak Area
Start on the obvious horizontal about 4 ft. high and 8 ft. left of the arete. Move up to the next horizontal, traverse right, then dyno (crux) up to the lip. Step around right to top out.If you dyno it's V3, but there is a hidden sidepull that makes the move static and bumps it down to V2....[more] Browse More Classics in NY
|Comments on Peterskill Bouldering
|By Michael G|
Nov 6, 2012
Can we organize this area into the same sections that are used in the guidebook? It seems like it would avoid confusion. Instead of "Outbreak Area" it should be "The Quarantine", which contains the Outbreak Boulder. Otherwise, we would have to submit a new area for each boulder.
Nov 25, 2012
I would really like to see the Peterskill Bouldering area improve. There are great problems there with alot of classic potential (IMO.) Its disappointing that such a great area isnt on mountain project already...
Nov 25, 2012
Nate we're gona just have to do it. And Mike I agree it should be organized like the guidebook.
Nov 25, 2012
I agree with all thats been said. I've climbed here a fair amount and I've started to add some climbs I know best. I only climb moderates though, v3 and under, so I can't speak to many of the higher rated classics. Also, please add beta photos if anyone has any.
Nov 25, 2012
I have some pictures and videos of climbs for this area if routes get posted. If no one else hops on it I will get to it in the near future.
Apr 4, 2013
Micheal G and others - I don't boulder myself, so I don't have an opinion on organization. However, paralleling the guidebook is probably best. You can add areas (and I see that you have); let me know (email me through here - I do check that email more often) if something's not working for you to organize as needed. Thanks for your contributions! Best, JSH