Starter Series: Canopus Lake

Union Square
Union Square
Broadway at East 18th Street
to 6:00PM
10:00AM to 6:00PM
Arrive by 9:45AM
5.0 miles
400 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Walk along 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 before heading home.

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

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Level 3/10
400 feet elevation gain
5.0 miles
Union SquareBroadway at East 18th Street
10:00AM to 6:00PMArrive by 9:45AM

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
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera


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

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 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.



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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