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Thacher offers a unique experience for Northeastern climbers as the only limestone cliff in the region. It provides plenty of challenging climbs on smooth crimpy faces and steep cave formations.


Thacher State Park opened to the public on July 1st, 2017. It offers relatively easy access to dozens of sport climbs. Rock texture ranges from smooth to rough textured pocketed areas. Wear a helmet as the area is new and there is choss in spots. See also:

Access issues

Climbing Hours: 9AM – to park closing at dusk Please note you must stop in at the office each day you climb, the office opens at 9AM, after signing papers you can climb long after the office has closed at 5PM, until park closing. If you arrive after the office closes you will not be able to sign the day’s papers and can’t climb. Rules could change in the future but this is the current setup. Climbing permits are free when waiver paperwork is filled out in the office, however parking is $6 per car per day.


Thacher State Park is located outside of Albany, NY.

Where to stay

Full service camp grounds can be found only 3 miles from Thacher at Thompson’s Lake, state forest.


The following route information has been compiled from the Thacher Park Routes App created by Gunks Apps. Permission has been granted for the express use by by Dirtbag Developers Inc. The app is available from for $9.99 and half of the sale price goes directly back to the Thacher Climbing Coalition The TCC opened the area in July of 2017, please contact them regarding new route development.

Thacher climbs use a combination of glue-ins and expansion bolts as anchors and protection.



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