Current climbing-related closures in the Gunks
In an attempt to put together the various closures in the Gunks, we will try to keep this post up to date. If you have additional information to add to this blog post, please comment below or contact us. Things are changing rapidly everywhere, and the best way to stop the spread is to stay home.
- As of March 28, Minnewaska State Park Preserve is reducing it’s parking capacity by 50%. The Peter’s Kill Area will be closed to climbing and bouldering until further notice.
- For additional guidelines on visiting New York State parks during the pandemic, see https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/.
- As of March 23, the Mohonk Preserve is closed. Click here for more information.
- This includes climbing in the Trapps, the Near Trapps, Bonticou, Lost City and any other cliffs on Mohonk Preserve lands.
- Parking lots are closed.
- We anticipate partial opening sometime around the Memorial Day Weekend for hiking and biking, but NOT for climbing.
- As of March 17, the American Alpine Club Gunks Campground is closed. Click here for more information.
- As of March 17, the Mohonk Mountain House Resort is closed, and its hiking trails and grounds are also closed to the public.
- In New York State, all non-essential gatherings of any size are temporarily banned. 100% of the workforce must stay home excluding essential services. Click here for more information.
Additional Climbing Restrictions in Our Region
- Rumney, NH is closed to climbing. The Rumney Climbers Association says “The USFS has (temporarily) closed Rumney Rocks to climbing. The parking lots will be barricaded and signs will be posted with details.”
- Powerlinez: Torne Valley Climbers Coalition has posted “DON’T CLIMB AT THE POWERLINEZ RIGHT NOW. Nonessential gatherings are banned in New York State.”
- Adirondacks: The Adirondack Climbers Coalition has requested that climbers stay home.
Statement from the GCC
Out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with recommendations from the CDC, The American Alpine Club, the Access Fund, and policies enacted by our fellow LCOs, the GCC is imploring all climbers to comply with national standard recommendations regarding COVID-19.
This means not traveling to the Gunks or any other outlying climbing areas, large or small. As the curve steepens, the local communities around New Paltz are among those at higher risk, with limited infrastructure and medical resources to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases.
We know you want to climb – we all do. But as with many other groups we are imploring you to stay put and act as responsible world citizens.
For more information and advice on how to responsibly remain active outdoors, check out the above links, as well as the recent great Climbing Magazine editorial by Matt Samet on how we as climbers need to act.
For information about COVID-19 and how to prevent its spread, see the CDC website.
Be safe and be well.
Climbing During the Coronavirus Pandemic
We recommend reading and following this guide to climbing during the coronavirus pandemic from the Access Fund. Click the infographic to see it full-sized on the Access Fund blog.