Bonticou Crag is located in the Mohonk Perserve section of the Shawnangunk Mountians . The ridge of Bonticou Crag dominates the northers section of the Gunks and the scramble up the west face is the most challengening trail in the Gunks. The Mohonok Perserve is privately owned and a fee is charged to enter. It is $9 for a day pass.
Video of the view near the summit.
Take Exit 19 off I-87. Follow State Road 299 west through the town of New Paltz. You will make the first right, after crossing over the Walkill River, on to County Road 7 (Springtown Road). Once on CR-7you will make the first left on to County Road 6 (Mountian Rest Road). You will take CR-6 up and over the Shawangunk Ridge. After you cross the crest of the ridge you will take the first right on to Upper 27 Knolls Road. There is a toll house at the end of the road. There should be someone there to take you money. If there isn't they ask that you go back up to the main visitor center ( you passed it on CR-6 at the top of the ridge) to pay. If you don't there are roving rangers who will charge you if they see you.
The Mohonk Preserve requires all climbers and hikers to either become annual members ($85 a year) or to purchase day permits ($9.00 weekdays, $??.00 weekends) These can be purchased from the Mohonk Preserve staff that are stationed at the Visitor Center, parking lot entrances, or from patrolling rangers out on the property. It's worth arriving early, especially on spring and autumn weekends.
NO ROCK CLIMBING IS ALLOWED AT BONTICOU CRAG!
CampingLocal Hostels, Bed and Breakfasts
NEW PALTZ HOSTEL
LAZY RIVER CAMPING
HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE
CREEK VIEW CAMP SITES
227 Creek Locks rd.
Rosendale, NY 12472
There’s 16 camping site's that’s located on the west side of the Trapps Bridge known as Trapps Camp (aka Camp Slime
). This facility is available only for climbers, and is very convenient. When you enter the campsite there is an information board which details all the info you need to use the place.This facility is maintained by the Mohonk Preserve and is the only camping allowed on Preserve property.
NY State DEC Multi-Use
This area is located on Route 299 just 1/2 mile from Rt 44/55 in Gardiner. It is free to camp here, however, there are are no ammenities or reservations. For more info and regulations about this area please contact the Department of Environmental Conservation at the address below.
DEC Regional Office
South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
When to Climb / Current Conditions
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When to Climb
Bonticou Crag makes for a fun climb year round. In the winter, depending on snow and ice cover, the scramble route might not be the best way to the top.