Guides' Choice: Harriman Traverse

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
6:30AM
to 8:30PM
6:30AM to 8:30PM
Arrive by 6:15AM
Intensity
8/10
22.5 miles
5,500 feet
elevation gain
18+
$99

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About the trip

A dawn to dusk hike across Harriman State Park

What We Love

  • Hike through all of Harriman State Park
  • Heart-pounding pace
  • Mid-hike resupply point
  • See beautiful views

Your Day

A 22.5 mile, tip to tail trek across Harriman State Park, this single day hike of epic proportions traverses the playground we have all come to know and love so well. The traverse begins with the gradual trails of Pine Meadow before climbing the Seven Hills and the classic peaks of Parker, Black Ash, Surebridge and many others. We will trek across the lengthy runout on the Long Path before reaching the northern border of the park. Be prepared for an extremely physically demanding event. This is a serious hike with an aggressive pace. But what greater reward than completing the entire Harriman Traverse, surely one for the record books. A support vehicle will accompany the trip, meeting the group at select intersections to replace water, provide electrolytes, as well as plenty of encouragement to keep you going all day long. This means that we can travel as light and quick as possible, keeping the soft, constant drum of our feet on trail. Medical and drop-out points are available, should you not be able to complete the traverse. You asked for it, our guides were born for it, so take the plunge and conquer the Harriman Traverse.

Perfect for: Experienced and extremely fit hikers, adventurers who have trained for this event

Your Guide
Gary Keir
Lead Guide

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Level 8/10
5,500 feet elevation gain
22.5 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
6:30AM to 8:30PMArrive by 6:15AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters

Wear

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

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Support crew
  • Resupply water and snacks
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 parking lot at Reeves Meadow Information Center at 7:30 AM.

Intensity

Level 8

Vigorous — Recommended for fit travelers with experience

On Level 8 trips you’ll be challenged by some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available on the east coast. These trips are for endurance athletes and those who wish to truly test themselves. These are our hardest day trips and our weekend trips that prepare you for international adventure.

Activity

We will be active for six to nine hours. You can best prepare for a Level 8 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below seven minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.

Distances

Level 8 hikes typically range from twelve to fourteen miles. In this case we'll be hiking 22.5 miles!

Surfaces

We will hike and scramble up numerous peaks with exposed, uneven surfaces, large boulders, and steep ascents/descents. Hiking boots, poles and headlamps are recommended.

Elevation Change

There could be elevation change of up to 6,000 feet per day and possible altitude challenges.

Altitude

Up to 14,000 feet.

Weather

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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