Starter Series: Canopus Lake Hike

Overview
Pack List
Intensity Level
Drive to Meet Option
FAQ
Starter Series

Casual hike on the Appalachian Trail


WHAT WE LOVE

  • Hike on the historic Appalachian Trail
  • A casual pace perfect for first-timers
  • Lush vegetation
  • Views of a beautiful lake

YOUR DAY

A great day of hiking doesn't always require a sweat-drenched shirt. This beautiful route is designed for those who love the outdoors and scenic views, but prefer to enjoy it at a casual pace. For a manageable five miles, you will experience hiking the famed Appalachian Trail up to a picturesque crop of rocks overlooking Canopus Lake. With a sweeping view of Fahnestock State Park as our setting, we will relax for a bit as we enjoy lunch.

Perfect for: First time hikers, adventurers looking for a relaxing pace

 

Pack List

BRING
  • Your lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least two liters of water
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners.
  • Camera
WEAR
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
INCLUDED
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits

Intensity Level

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 of change in the day.

ALTITUDE

From sea level to 3,000 feet.

Drive to Meet Option

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Picnic Area Parking Lot for Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Putnam Valley, NY at 11:15 AM. From there, you'll follow the van approximately 5 minutes to the trailhead.  See map below.

 

FAQ

This is my first trip. What should I expect?

Your guide will meet you at the departure location in a Discover Outdoors shirt and will be driving a passenger transport van. After introductions, you'll drive to your hiking location. The drive can be anywhere from one or one and a half hours (for most trips) to two and a half hours (for trips to the Catskills). Your guide will have lots of helpful information and lead you along the trail. You can expect some great views, interesting facts about the area, and lots of great conversations with your fellow hikers. After your trip is complete, you'll be dropped off at the same location as your departure.

What if I'm running late to the pick up?

We know how tough it can be to get around this city sometimes, but our trips depart on time. As a courtesy to your other adventurers and guides, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your pick-up location so we can depart at our scheduled time. You're more than welcome to bring coffee and breakfast along to enjoy on the road.  If you are running late, please contact your guide (whose phone number you'll receive via e-mail the week of your trip). Unfortunately we do not offer any trip credit for a missed departure due to late arrival. 

What should I wear and bring?

All the information on what to wear and bring can be found on the trip's site in the pack tab. We recommend comfortable, athletic clothing in all seasons and advise against wearing cotton. Dressing in layers will allow you to adapt to changing temperatures. Hiking boots with wool socks are highly recommended, though sturdy sneakers are acceptable in warm and dry weather. In the winter and at times when we will be encountering snow or mud, hiking boots are required. You can contact us (212-579-4568 or [email protected]) for more information on trip conditions.

You should pack plenty of water (2-3 liters) and snacks, as well as a hearty lunch. It's also a good idea to bring an extra layer, a camera, a hat, and sunscreen in your pack. Oh, and don't forget to bring your sense of adventure!

How hard is this hike?

All of our hikes are rated on a scale of 1-10. You can find any trip's intensity on its main page, with a detailed description in the "intensity level" tab. We recommend that you review this information so you can be prepared for your day. If you have any doubts, please call or e-mail our office and we can provide more information on any trip's difficulty.

How many people will be there?

Our groups for hikes usually range from 8-14 people. Your group will have either one or two DO guides, depending on the trip.

Will I be the only solo traveler?

No way! Many individuals sign up to join our trips solo. The best part of a DO trip is meeting new people and being part of a group. Even if you show up as a party of one, you'll be leaving with lots of new friends.

What if I'm the slowest one?

We hike as a group, but sometimes people move at different paces - and that's completely ok! Our guides will always have your safety in mind and be keeping attentive track of the group. On longer or more difficult hikes, we'll have a sweep guide as well. As long as your group is keeping on schedule, there's no pressure to move fast; enjoy the trip!

Will there be bathrooms?

Once we get to our trailhead, nature is your bathroom! Your guide will brief you on leave-no-trace guidelines for using the bathroom responsibly. Always tell someone when you're stepping off trail to go.

What if I don't feel well?

Our guides receive medical training and are all certified Wilderness First Responders, so you're in good hands, but communicating is key. Please notify your guide if you don't feel well, are worried about a blister, or any other concerns. Also notify them in advance if you have any medical conditions or allergies.

What if there's rain in the forecast?

Forecasts change often in the mountainous areas we visit, so we keep a close eye on multiple weather forecasts leading up to a trip. We don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure.  In most cases, the trees will provide quite a bit of cover from passing rain and, as long as you are dressed appropriately, you'll still have a great day. Please note that your guide may alter your trip itinerary in the case of inclement weather. If we decide that the weather is unsafe, we'll notify you by the afternoon before a trip via e-mail.  Please note that there is no credit or refund due to weather unless the cancellation is made by DO, in which case we'll happily transfer your credit to a future trip.

How much should I tip our guide?

If you have a great day, a tip is a great way to thank your guide for their work.  On our trips, a tip of 10-20% is customary.

 

Starter Series

Every journey starts with a first step. Whether you're new to hiking or just looking for a leisurely day on the trail, Starter Series trips will allow you to travel at a comfortable pace, over moderate distances, with plenty of time to enjoy the views. You'll get your heart pumping with some uphill and downhill stretches, but won't encounter any technical sections. There will be plenty of time to learn all about navigating trails, reading blazes, and how to practice leave no trace principles along the way.

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