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Black Rock Forest

Union Square
Union Square
Broadway at East 18th Street
to 6:00PM
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Arrive by 7:45AM
6.0 miles
1,000 feet
elevation gain

About the trip

Forest lakes and gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley

What We Love

  • Quiet, secluded trails
  • Moderate terrain perfect for new hikers
  • Lakes and waterfalls
  • Unique flora and fauna

Your Day

Join us on a hike through Black Rock Forest, a hidden gem in the Hudson Valley that's home to unique ecosystems. We'll follow winding trails through the park - a favorite place of biologists and botanists due to its high species and habitat diversity - and observe the variety of berries and wild edibles that fill the forest at our feet and the stunning views in front of our eyes. A break will await us at Sutherland Pond, where the bravest among us can take a refreshing dip. We'll head back to the city after a full day, reinvigorated and relaxed after our time in the forest.

Perfect for: Intermediate hikers, hikers exploring for the first time, experienced hikers looking for a relaxing day

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Level 5/10
1,000 feet elevation gain
6.0 miles
Union SquareBroadway at East 18th Street
8:00AM to 6:00PMArrive by 7:45AM

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least two liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
Recommended Gear
  • Chapstick
  • Camera


Essential Clothing

-Comfortable athletic clothing
-Hiking boots

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide

Drive to Meet

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at Jones Farm at 9:15 AM. You'll then follow the van about 10 minutes to the trailhead.


Level 5

Moderate — For skilled beginners and intermediate participants

Level 5 trips place greater emphasis on 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.


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


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


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.


Up to 8,000 feet.

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