Winter Hike and Cider Tasting

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
8:15AM
to 6:00PM
8:15AM to 6:00PM
Arrive by 8:00AM
Intensity
3/10
4.5 miles
600 feet
elevation gain
21+

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About the trip

Lakes, views, and the Hudson Valley's best hard cider

What We Love

  • Scenic hike with open views
  • Perfect winter combination
  • Learn about and taste hard cider
  • Support a NY State business
  • Chance to win free gear from Arc'teryx SoHo

Your Day

Enjoy a moderate, five mile hike while taking in some of the Hudson Valley's most beautiful views. Your trail will start at a stunning frozen lake, but you'll soon venture through thick forest and emerge to see a sweeping vista over the Shawangunk Ridge and north to the Catskill Mountains. After a refreshing hike, enjoy some tasty beverages in the form of small batch hard cider. Our visit to the cider mill will include a tour and an explanation of how these dry, delicious ciders are created. During the tour, you'll be sampling a variety of ciders - some brewed with Belgian yeast or aged in oak barrels, but all made with apples grown right here in the Hudson Valley.

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

Perfect for: First time hikers, experienced hikers looking for a casual day

Our friends at Arc'teryx Soho want to hook you up. Follow @Arcteryxsoho on instagram and use #arcteryxsoho and #discoveroutdoors to be entered for a chance to win an Index 15 at the end of the trip.

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Level 3/10
600 feet elevation gain
4.5 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
8:15AM to 6:00PMArrive by 8:00AM
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

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
  • Gaiters
  • Extra wool socks on the trail
  • ID for the cidery
Recommended Gear
  • Trekking or ski poles
  • A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee
  • Hand / Foot warmers
  • Chapstick
  • Camera
  • A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Ski or snowboarding gear, including a warm, waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable, moisture wicking base layers
  • Waterproof hiking boots with wool socks (required)
  • Warm hat
  • Weatherproof Gloves
  • Neck buff or balaclava
  • Sunglasses

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Snowshoe or microspike rental, depending on conditions
  • Cider tasting
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 Plattekill Travel Plaza at 9:15 AM. From there, you'll follow the van about 30 minutes to Minnewaska State Park. Please note there is a $10 fee to park.

Weather

Weather conditions can be quite different from the city in the mountainous regions we visit. Temperatures can be expected to be quite cooler as we head north or to higher elevations and we'll likely encounter more snow accumulation between early winter and spring. 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. Your guide will also make sure you have the necessary gear, such as snowshoes or microspikes, so you can have a great day in the snow. We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little snow 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.

Intensity

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 of change in the day.

Altitude

From sea level to 3,000 feet.

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