Does the late bird get the shaft?

Posted by: Anonymous

Does the late bird get the shaft? - 10/08/03 04:05 PM

Hi all,

I usually climb/boulder in the gunks or Peter's Kill. However Mom and Dad are coming up this weekend from down South, so I figured I could still get my gunx fix by trotting everyone out to the mountain house on Saturday for a day hike (either Labryinth or Giant's Workshop sound good from my reading here.) I've never been at the mountain house before.

Problem: Mom got wind, somehow, of the Woodbury Commons outlets and wants to stop there on the way up to New Paltz. Even with outlet's early opening of 9 am for Columbus day weekend, this is still going to put us at the Mountain House at noon, I'm sure. (grumble grumble)

Is parking at the mountain house a similar situation to parking at the climbing areas, mainly that you don't have a prayer of parking if you arrive after 9:30 or so in the morning?
Posted by: GeeVee

Re: Does the late bird get the shaft? - 10/08/03 06:32 PM

As an (easy) alternative you might want to consider just perambulating the Undercliff / Overcliff loop. I did it last Sunday with family, they enjoyed it immensely (great views of the Catskills from the Overcliff side). It's a little over 5 miles around, so doesn't take above a couple of hours even with time spent taking pictures, gawking at the climbers, etc. and allows Mom to get her shopping fix in too. We parked in the lower lot (no problem finding a spot at 10:30, even with the rescheduled Petzl event) and walked up the Stairmaster (I know, that's such a strenuous hike in). Or you could do the hike early and then head back down to Woodbury afterwards.
Posted by: Allenperry

Re: Does the late bird get the shaft? - 10/09/03 01:40 PM

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Problem: Mom got wind, somehow, of the Woodbury Commons outlets and wants to stop there on the way up to New Paltz.




Tell her the outlets burned down Then go up to Mohonk Problem solved
Posted by: crackers

Re: yup. - 10/09/03 08:00 PM

park at table rocks. it will add a mile to your hiking. if they get tired, leave them at the golf course, run down to your car and pick them up at the road.

(you probably wont get parking in the mountain house lots at noon...)

or go to the outlets on the way *back*...
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Does the late bird get the shaft? - 10/10/03 12:06 AM

If my mother caught wind of the outlets and teamed up with my wife, we would not have to worry about parking anywhere but Woodbury Commons. Saturday through Monday.
Posted by: quanto_the_mad

Re: Does the late bird get the shaft? - 10/10/03 03:26 AM

I have to agree, parking, traffic, congestion, ten times worse at woodbury commons. There's no way you'd find me there on a Saturday morning. Just driving through the area is a mess.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: yup. - 10/10/03 02:19 PM

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park at table rocks. it will add a mile to your hiking. if they get tired, leave them at the golf course, run down to your car and pick them up at the road.

(you probably wont get parking in the mountain house lots at noon...)

or go to the outlets on the way *back*...




Where, pray tell, is table rocks? All I know is the parking lot at the bottom of the stair master, and the overlook parking lot (which I never park in, just drive by).
Posted by: pda

Re: yup. - 10/10/03 03:39 PM

I'm thinking he really means the Spring Farm trailhead, just past the Mohonk gate. Thats where you park to hike to table rock.