Access: currently climbing is not permitted at Thacher until opening day. We expect public access to begin in late spring 2017, monitor our Blog and Facebook page for updates. Most of the area is CLOSED now to protect rare bats while they raise their young. Please respect the current rules. When Thacher is open to the public we will update this page with details.

Basic Rules: At Thacher climbers will have their own special use area separate from the Indian Ladder Trail area. When you are in this area you will have to follow rules including no-off route or off-trail travel and no trad climbing as well as signing liability waivers (similar to Peterskill area at the Gunks). See more on our expected rules here.

Emergencies: report vandalism or if injured please call:
(518) 872-1237 – Park Office (only during open hours)
(518) 487-5400 – Albany County Sheriff




More about Thacher:

About the rock – facts and photos
Thachers Ice – facts and photos, how to join the effort to legalize ice climbing
Climbing Beta – about Thacher’s routes
Rules at Thacher – The long list of rules and regulations will be posted here
Blog – for the latest news and alerts as well as useful or entertaining articles
Other activities at Thacher – xc skiing, hiking trails, mountain biking, swimming, the beach and more.

Tools for Visitors: Local Facilities:


Climbing Gear Nearby – if your driving in from out-of-town and need to pick up something here are the local stores
Food and Restaurants close to Thacher – get some breakfast or dinner after a long day of climbing, these are places we recommend
Rock Gyms – Thacher doesn’t have many beginner routes, so it’s important to stay in shape. Here are some of the local climbing gyms.

Camping near Thacher

Camping at Thacher – Thompson’s Lake and nearby accommodation

For the Press:
Press Room
– Useful facts and figures, FAQ by the press, free photos for newspaper articles and reference material.
Media Licensing – The TCC has media assets available for license please contact us for prices. For free photos please see the Press Room.