The Gunks is located 90 miles northwest of New York City. The easiest way to get here is to take the New York State Thruway from NYC (I-87) North to Exit 18 for New Paltz.
Specific directions to each area can be found below.
ROCK AND SNOW STORE
Immediately after the Exit 18 toll plaza is a traffic light (it is a T-intersection), take a left at this light onto Route 299. Follow Route 299 West through 4 traffic lights. After the 4th light, Rock and Snow will be on your left. Park in the parking lot across the street, near the Post Office and Mobil gas station. Our guide(s) will meet you in the Rock and Snow store.
GPS Directions for Rock & Snow:
44 Main St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
WEST TRAPPS PARKING LOT & WAWARSING PARKING LOT
From the I-87 Thruway, get off at Exit 18 New Paltz. After the toll plaza, take a left at the first traffic light. Drive through and out of the village of New Paltz on Route 299. Once out of town, drive for about 6-7 miles. Rt 299 dead ends at the 44/55 intersection. Take a right at this intersection (at the stop sign) and drive up the road. You will pass the Mohonk Visitors Center on your right. The Wawarsing parking lot will be on the right just after the Mohonk Visitors Center. To reach the West Trapps parking lot, continue driving on 44/55 past the Wawarsing parking lot, around the hairpin corner and up the hill. Once you crest the ridge and go under a steel bridge, the West Trapps parking lot will be on the right, a few hundred yards down the road.
PETER’S KILL / MINNEWASKA CLIMBING AREA
Follow the directions above to the West Trapps parking lot. Drive past it, remaining on 44/55 for approximately 1.6 miles to the Peter’s Kill Climbing Area. Turn right into the Peterskill lot.
GPS Directions for Peterskill:
5080 Route 44/55
Gardiner, NY 12525
From the I-87 Thruway, get off at Exit 18 New Paltz. After going through the toll, take a left at the first traffic light. Drive through the village of New Paltz on Route 299 and pass over a green steel bridge just outside of town. After the bridge, turn right onto Springtown Road and then turn left onto Mountain Rest Road (located at a bend on Springtown Road). Drive up the windy Mountain Rest Road, through a stop sign, past the Mohonk Mountain House entrance and under a one-lane bridge. Drive down a long hill and turn right on Upper 27 Knolls Road just before a sharp turn. The kiosk and parking area for Bonticou/Spring Farm will be a quarter mile down Upper 27 Knolls Road.
GPS Directions for Bonticou:
Upper 27 Knolls Rd.
High Falls, NY 12440
If you get lost, require more specific directions or are coming from a different location, please call us and we will be happy to provide alternate directions.
From New York City there are several mass transit options to get to New Paltz.
The Adirondack Trailways Bus leaves from the Port Authority and drops you off just up the street from the Rock and Snow store where you will meet your guide. The bus leaves approximately every hour to and from NYC.
The Metro North train (Hudson Line) leaves out of Grand Central Station and stops in Poughkeepsie, across the Hudson River, and from there you can take a short taxi ride over to New Paltz.