Starter Series: Dutch Shoe Rock

Union Square
Union Square
Broadway at East 18th Street
8:30AM
to 6:00PM
8:30AM to 6:00PM
Arrive by 8:15AM
Intensity
4/10
5.5 miles
800 feet
elevation gain
18+

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About the trip

WHAT WE LOVE

  • Hike on the historic Appalachian Trail
  • Mild terrain

  • Open views from Dutch Shoe Rock

  • Visit a serene lake

YOUR DAY

Explore the region as you never imagined it. Today's hike will take us to High Point State Park, a massive and wild area in northern New Jersey. Our hike will begin along the historic Appalachian Trail, where we'll follow the footsteps of countless section and thru-hikers. Along the way, we'll walk through patches of wild blueberries and shady hemlock groves. Views of Kittatinny Ridge await us as we emerge over the top of Dutch Shoe Rock, a unique geological formation created millions of years ago. Our hike will finish alongside the serene Lake Rutherford, where we may observe some turtles sunning themselves on the rocks before our relaxing drive back to the city.

Perfect For: First time hikers, experienced hikers looking for a relaxing day

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Level 4/10
800 feet elevation gain
5.5 miles
Union SquareBroadway at East 18th Street
8:30AM to 6:00PMArrive by 8:15AM

Pack List

BRING
  • Your lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? We love 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

Drive to Meet Option

Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Appalachian Trail Parking area in High Point State Park at 10:00 AM.

 

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 per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 4,500 feet.

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