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  • Awosting Falls

     

Overview
Intensity Levels

Hike to a beautiful waterfall

The power of water has created a stunning setting in Minnewaska State Park. This moderate hike covers nine miles of wooded trails, stunning views and to top if off, a beautiful waterfall.

Our journey begins at a famous glacial lake, Lake Minnewaska, sculpted out of cliff and fallen rock. The rugged conglomerate and shale rocks form dramatic ridges and peaks. Our hike will be mostly rough trails, with one mile of gentler carriage roads.

Along the way, we will see sharply tilted masses of rock, crevices and pinnacles that characterize the Shawangunk Mountains. This uplifted bedrock also shows us evidence of the last ice age, with glacial grooves and striations as the ice scoured across the land 10,000 years ago.

The ridgeline will afford jaw-dropping views of the Hudson Valley and some of the most famous climbing areas in the Gunks. Following a bridal path on the way back, our hike takes us to Awosting Falls, the perfect ending to a great day.

Did you know?

Kids who spend time in the outdoors increase their critical thinking skills and perform better in standardized tests. Every time you take a trip, Discover Outdoors makes a donation so that an inner-city student can experience the outdoors for the first time. Learn how you can make a positive impact through the Discover Outdoors Foundation.

Intensity Levels

This event or trip is Intensity Level 4.

Overview
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Level 7
Level 8
Level 9
Level 10

OVERVIEW

ADVENTURES AT ALL SKILL LEVELS

We offer adventures for everyone, no matter what your skill level. This guide will help you decide which trip is right for you.

ACTIVITY

How long (in hours) you may be active every day during the trip.

DISTANCES

You should feel confident that you would be able to complete these distances every day of your trip.

SURFACES

What types of terrain you may encounter and should be prepared for on your trip.

ELEVATION CHANGE

The largest elevation change you may encounter on your trip.

ALTITUDE

The highest elevation you may reach on your trip.

Level 1

LAID-BACK, UNHURRIED, RESTFUL

Welcome to the outdoors! These trips are designed to introduce you to new challenges and new adventurers. Take in the scenery, tackle moderate elevation, experience some local flavor, and enjoy your day out of the office.

ACTIVITY

You can expect to be active for one to two hours. To prepare, walk around your neighborhood for at least one hour to make sure you’re comfortable being outdoors and active.

DISTANCES

For our Level 1 trips, you’ll be walking or hiking less than three miles. This is the equivalent of up to twelve laps around a quarter-mile track.

SURFACES

You’ll be walking on flat terrain. This means there will be limited rocks and a few tree roots.

ELEVATION CHANGE

There will be little or no elevation change on this trip. To simulate the change in elevation, try walking up and down three flights of stairs.

ALTITUDE

From sea level to 3,000 feet.

Level 2

RELAXED, MELLOW

Level 2 trips complement introductory activities you would encounter on Level 1 trips and will whet the appetite of anybody looking to explore outdoor sports. Your group may stop occasionally to learn about the natural surroundings and their local lore.

ACTIVITY

You can expect to be active for two to three hours. Take a long walk around your local park for at least two hours to prepare.

DISTANCES

Level 2 trips range from two to four miles. This is approximately eight to sixteen laps around a quarter-mile track.

SURFACES

You’ll be walking on mostly flat terrain and may encounter some rocks and tree roots.

ELEVATION CHANGE

There will be minimal elevation change on this trip. We will gain no more than 500 vertical feet.

ALTITUDE

From sea level to 3,000 feet.

Level 3

EASY ACTIVE — PERFECT FOR ACTIVE FIRST-TIMERS

Level 3 trips will give you a broad sense of what hiking is all about. Test yourself on intermediate terrain, including light rock scrambles and ascending multiple peaks. The trips will invigorate you and inspire you to continue strengthening your hiking skills.

ACTIVITY

Three to five hours is standard. Prepare for the trip by jogging three miles or exercising two or three days a week.

DISTANCES

Plan on getting starter miles under your belt. You’ll be hiking three to six miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long basketball game.

SURFACES

You’ll be hiking on rolling terrain with bare rock surfaces, steeps, roots and small boulders.

ELEVATION CHANGE

There could be up to 1,000 feet per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 4,500 feet.

Level 4

IDEAL FOR ACTIVE BEGINNERS AND FORMER PARTICIPANTS

Level 4 trips balance physical and aesthetic components of the day. Get your heart pumping on intermediate terrain with some rock scrambles and multiple peaks, then enjoy a well-earned break with a stunning view. These trips are effective preparation for even more challenging weekend-long trips.

ACTIVITY

Trail time ranges from for four to six hours. You should be in good physical shape and exercise at least three times a week to get the most out of the day.

DISTANCES

You’ll be traveling five to eight miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long soccer game.

SURFACES

You’ll be hiking on steadily rising terrain with loose rock surfaces, switchbacks, roots and small boulders.

ELEVATION CHANGE

Up to 1,500 feet per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 6,000 feet.

Level 5

MODERATE — FOR SKILLED BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS

Level 5 trips place greater emphasis challenging you physically. Whether you’re still new to the scene or have some experience, you’ll appreciate a more deliberate pace with a capable group.

ACTIVITY

We’ll be out on the trails for five to seven hours. Prepare for this trip by doing cardio and strength exercise at least three days a week.

DISTANCES

Be ready to cover six to nine miles today before heading home.

SURFACES

We’ll be hiking on moderate mountainous terrain, which may require navigating various rock faces and trail conditions including steep inclines and uneven ground.

ELEVATION CHANGE

Up to 1,800 feet per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 8,000 feet.

Level 6

MODERATE — FOR INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS AND ABOVE

Level 6 trips will push you with a faster pace and longer distances. This hard work allows you to see more terrain and higher vistas. You should expect to be tired and fulfilled on the van ride home.

ACTIVITY

We’ll be active for five to eight hours. Prepare for this trip by maintaining your daily fitness regime that includes both cardio and strength.

DISTANCES

Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to eleven miles today, nearly a half-marathon.

SURFACES

We’ll be hiking on varying mountainous terrain, which will involve navigating various rock faces, loose stones, and steep, uneven trails.

ELEVATION CHANGE

Up to 2,000 feet per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 10,000 feet.

Level 7

VIGOROUS — FOR INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS WITH BASIC SKILLS

On Level 7 trips you’ll encounter some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available within a day’s drive. These trips are for athletic types and those who wish to push their physical abilities.

ACTIVITY

You can expect to be active for six to eight hours. You can best prepare for a Level 7 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below eight minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.

DISTANCES

Level 7 hikes can be anywhere from ten to thirteen miles.

SURFACES

We will be on mountainous, exposed terrain and steep, uneven trails. Most hikes will require not only hiking boots but also additional gear like hiking poles and headlamps.

ELEVATION CHANGE

Up to 2,500 feet per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 12,000 feet.

Level 8

VIGOROUS — RECOMMENDED FOR FIT TRAVELERS WITH EXPERIENCE

On Level 8 trips you’ll be challenged by some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available on the east coast. These trips are for endurance athletes and those who wish to truly test themselves. These are our hardest day trips and our weekend trips that prepare you for international adventure.

ACTIVITY

We will be active for six to nine hours. You can best prepare for a Level 8 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below seven minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.

DISTANCES

Level 8 hikes range from twelve to fourteen miles.

SURFACES

We will hike and scramble up numerous peaks with exposed, uneven surfaces, large boulders, and steep ascents/descents. Hiking boots, poles and headlamps are recommended.

ELEVATION CHANGE

There could be elevation change of up to 3,000 feet per day and possible altitude.

ALTITUDE

Up to 14,000 feet.

Level 9

STRENUOUS — ADVANCED OR VERY FIT TRAVELERS

If you yearn to touch the sky and think the rewards outweigh the risks and extreme conditions, a Level 9 trip is what you’re looking for. Over the course of multiple days you will be called upon to prove you belong among the best. Only inner fortitude and perseverance will get you and your team to the top and back safely.

ACTIVITY

You should be ready for at least eight to ten hours a day of pain, challenge, and constant small victories. Prepare for this by racing in triathlons, training for a marathon and keeping up your hiking skills.

DISTANCES

You should expect to be hiking twelve to fifteen miles per day.

SURFACES

On Level 9 trips you will be trekking in remote mountains with exposed terrain and loose features.

ELEVATION CHANGE

There could be elevation change of 4,000 feet per day with some altitude travel likely.

ALTITUDE

Up to 17,000 feet.

Level 10

STRENUOUS — EXPERIENCED TRAVELERS WITH EXPERT SKILLS

With the proper technique, experience, and a generous dose of luck, you and a team of the hardiest adventurers around will tackle extreme terrain, unrelenting elements, and improbable odds as you strive to conquer the ultimate outdoor challenge of our Level 10 trips.

ACTIVITY

You should be ready for a minimum of ten hours per day of excruciating hiking, scrambling, and climbing.

DISTANCES

You should expect to be hiking for at least twelve miles per day. Prepare with an intense cardio and weight-lifting circuit training regimen to increase cardio output and endurance.

SURFACES

On Level 10 trips you will be trekking in the most highly exposed, remote terrain imaginable.

ELEVATION CHANGE

There could be elevation change of 5,000 feet per day and prolonged travel at altitude.

ALTITUDE

Up to 19,000 feet.

Climb for a cause.

Make your effort more rewarding by raising funds for the Discover Outdoors Foundation or your favorite charity. When you give your adventure a purpose beyond personal goals, your experience becomes more fulfilling, helping you reach the summit.

HOW IT WORKS

When you register with the “Fundraise for a cause” option, we will ask you by email what charity you would like to support. If you choose the Discover Outdoors Foundation, your fundraising commitment is $7,500. In exchange for your effort and commitment, the cost of the trip is covered at no cost, minus your airfare and personal expenses. You will receive a fundraising commitment letter, giving you the support and tools for reaching your goal. Please email info@discoveroutdoors.com or call 212-579-4568 with any questions about the program.

DISCOVER OUTDOORS FOUNDATION

The Discover Outdoors Foundation began in 2012 with a singular focus: increasing graduation rates in our urban schools through education experienced in the outdoors. Inspired by the positive impact our for-profit business, Discover Outdoors, was making through our youth leadership program, we soon felt compelled to serve our entire community, not just those who could afford it. Since then, the path of students has taken a different course; one that leads to a diploma and a brighter future. To learn how you can make a difference, visit the Discover Outdoors Foundation website.


Event Details

  • DEPARTURE TIME AND LOCATION
  • Eastern Mountain Sports Upper West Side (Broadway/76th St.) Subways 1, 2, 3 to 72nd Street.
  • DEPARTURE TIME
  • 8:30 AM (Check in at 8:15 AM)
  • RETURN TIME
  • Approximately 6:30 PM
  • BRING
  • Lunch and three liters water; backpack and snacks. Tip for your guide if you have a great day.
  • WEAR
  • Hiking boots, weather-appropriate clothing. The ridge is high and exposed; bring an extra layer.
  • INTENSITY LEVEL
  • This hike is Intensity Level 4 out of 10. Read a full description by clicking the "Intensity Levels" tab above.
  • TRAIL STATISTICS
  • Total Miles: 9
  • Accumulative Elevation Gain: 600 feet
  • Technical Factors: Clear path, no use of hands required.
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