Backcountry Navigation Hike

Union Square
Union Square
Broadway at East 18th Street
to 6:30PM
8:00AM to 6:30PM
Arrive by 7:45AM
4.0 miles
750 feet
elevation gain

About the trip

Learn Backcountry Navigation

What We Love

  • Learn how to use a map and compass
  • Practice shooting bearings and triagulation
  • Discuss emergency backcountry procedures
  • Full day of hiking with open views

Your Day

In a world full of GPS devices and smartphones, the ability to navigate with a map and compass is becoming a lost art. However, for those traveling in the backcountry, it can be an important skill to have. Your hike will take you over a moderate four miles of beautiful Hudson Valley trail as you learn the essentials of wilderness navigation. You'll be taught the basics of orienteering: map reading, compass use, peak identification, shooting bearings, and triangulating a position. Throughout the day, you'll be able to test out your skills, ask questions, and work as a team. You'll come away from the day with the knowledge to take on your next backcountry challenge with confidence.

Perfect for:  Hikers looking to learn a new skill, adventurers planning longer backcountry trips or bushwhack hikes

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Level 3/10
750 feet elevation gain
4.0 miles
Union SquareBroadway at East 18th Street
8:00AM to 6:30PMArrive by 7:45AM

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • A compass (or one will be provided)
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers with wool socks
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

Trip Package

  • Expert guides and instruction
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Instructional materials and compass rental
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide


Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll receive directions to the trailhead by the Thursday before your trip. You can also contact our office at 212-579-4568 or [email protected] for more information.


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.


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


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.


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.


From sea level to 3,000 feet.


Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations. Keep your eyes out for an email from our team a few days in advance of your trip. That email will provide updated weather conditions and will alert you to anything additional you should put in your pack to prepare. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.

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