Here’s what you need
- 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
- Extra wool socks on the trail
- ID for the cidery
- Trekking or ski poles
- A thermos of hot soup, tea, or coffee
- Hand / Foot warmers
- A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)
- 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
- Expert guides
- Park permits
- Snowshoe or microspike rental, depending on conditions
- Cider tasting
- 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 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.
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.
There could be up to 1,000 feet of change in the day.
From sea level to 3,000 feet.