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Diving Board Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Golden Wall Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Khadejha Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Quarantine Area & Outbreak Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
SPF Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Tiger Style Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 1,000 ft
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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 $10 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.

Getting There

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.


For mobile devices, get the Gunks App - both iPhone and Android versions are available. Guides to the Trapps Bouldering, Nears Bouldering, and Peterskill Bouldering are available.

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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 6, 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
Tyler Smith   MA
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
ekelsey   Mattapoisett
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. Nov 25, 2012

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 Apr 4, 2013
Anacortes, WA
IJMayer   Anacortes, WA
Yep feel free to change anything you want! I lost the guidebook and didn't have the exact names. I also don't live there anymore (I miss it dearly). Nov 14, 2013
William Vrachopoulos
Davidson, NC
William Vrachopoulos   Davidson, NC
Hey folks,
Just a heads up for anyone heading in to boulder, the cost of the day passes has gone from $7 to $10 dollars as of 2013. I was unaware of this and had to drive back down the the ATM in the deli by the EMS.
On another note, if anyone is looking for the guidebook for the area, Rock and Snow has an abundance of them.
Hopefully someone finds this helpful! Jul 21, 2014
Beacon, NY
AHARLEC   Beacon, NY
Peters Kill is a great place for boulderers. Please, refrain from using excessive chalk on the problems. Also, there is really no need to tick footholds. Recently noticed this and it really is an eyesore. Bouldering outdoors requires you to use your senses a bit more compared to the gym. Enjoy the experience and clean your tick marks and excess chalk! Aug 15, 2015

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