Loc: Poughkeepsie, NY
IC it a totally different situation from the Gunks. One or two-pitch routes are rappelled from bolts from the top of the pitch, and the rappel routes basically go straight down the climbs. The climbs literally end at the bolts.
The problems we are seeing in the Trapps are the proliferation of non-bolted anchors of varying quality and longevity, a process that undermines the Preserve concept of established descent lines that would keep dangerous and frustrating two-way traffic on routes to a minimum.
Admittedly, the Preserve came upon the descent-line concept only after instituting an ill-advised bolting process that created two-way traffic. And it may be that additional descent lines are or will ultimately be called for. As it is, the original intention to decrease tat and make rappelling safer has been compromised by climbers' insatiable need for rap anchors everywhere they feel the need to descend.
One of the problems with the established descent lines is that they have to be found from the top, and we are told that except for a few "zealots," climbers don't think even a hundred yards or two of walking at the top "is a good use of their day off" because the time involved might keep them from "climbing another route." If such an astonishingly self-centered sense of entitlement really characterizes the general climbing population---which I seriously doubt---then there would be little hope for preventing the Trapps from becoming webbed with tat.
A much more likely explanation, which still involves a remarkable lack of curiosity and interest in any part of the environment that isn't graded vertical rock, is that climbers don't know how to find the descent lines and have no interest in figuring out where they are. This might be remedied by placing some cairns in locations that would help to locate the lines from above, but the cairns won't work if a significant number of climbers, who Lucander bizarrely classifies as the "non-zealots," are going to insist on throwing some slings around every tree at the precise tops of the routes so they can rap back down without the heartbreak of having to take a horizontal step.