Rock Climbing


Climbers travel from all over the country and world to spend time at The Gunks, which is recognized as one of the best climbing areas in the USA. Climbing starts to pick up action around April, and the Gunks are busy with climbers until the snow hits in November or December (although you’ll still see some of us out there climbing with snow on the ground!) The Mohonk Preserve has made climbing in the Gunks very easily accessible, and the views on the way to the crags are just as spectacular as the climbing!

Pitch 2 belay on Yellow Ridge (5.7), Near Trapps

Classes are available on select dates, or hire a guide for a private lesson or day of guided climbing on a day of your own choosing. Group classes require a minimum enrollment of 2 people. Private lessons are available any day of the week and are guaranteed to run given favorable weather conditions. If you have a limited schedule we recommend booking privately.

Course Length Cost (pp) Skill Level Dates
Private Climbing one day + click for rates basic to adv.
Rock Fast Track two days $280* basic
Rock Climbing 101 one day $150* basic
Women’s Climbing one day $150* basic
Rock Climbing 201 one day $150* intermediate
Rock Climbing 202 one day $150* intermediate
Toprope Setup two days $280* intermediate
Self Rescue two days $280* advanced
Learn to Lead three days $420* advanced
Glacier Skills two days $280* advanced
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) advanced

*= prices do not include Mohonk Preserve enterance fee.

Rock Climbing in New Paltz

The majority of the cliffs in The Gunks are only 10-15 minutes outside of the Town of New Paltz, and the ridgeline stands prominently across the Western Horizon. Some of the most popular cliffs, The Trapps, The Near Trapps, and SkyTop, are visible from New Paltz. The rock climbing at these cliffs varies from 1-3 pitches, with several single pitch crags surrounding them. The Trapps is the longest (about 2 miles), most popular cliff at The Gunks, and houses routes covering a wide spectrum of difficulty. A complete beginner can enjoy climbing Northern Pillar (5.2) to the top of the cliff while watching intermediate/advanced climbers on Madame G’s (5.6) or Le Teton (5.9+) nearby. Many argue that High Exposure (5.6), or “High E,” is one of the best and most-exposed routes for its grade. High E (photo on right) is a two-pitch climb that has an exciting move exiting a very large roof and proceeds up a very steep and exposed wall. Our guides have all been climbing here for quite some time, so be sure to let them know what you’re interested in, and they’ll find a spot in The Gunks that’s perfect for your day out!

Our guides are all professionally trained and American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Certified. Not only are our guides AMGA certified, but our Climbing School is one of the few programs in the country to be Accredited by the AMGA. Our equipment is checked and replaced on a regular bases, and we don’t charge you extra to use it. Programs are available year round and can be customized to meet your needs. Whether you’re training to climb Rainier or want to come up from NYC to take your family climbing; we can help you reach your goals.