Hike & Whiskey Tasting

Union Square
Union Square
Broadway at East 18th Street
to 6:30PM
8:00AM to 6:30PM
Arrive by 7:45AM
4.0 miles
400 feet
elevation gain

About the trip

Shawangunk Mountains and NY state whiskey

What We Love

  • Stunning views from the trail
  • Beautiful rock formations
  • Sample New York's best whiskey
  • Learn about the unique history of the distillery

Your Day

This day of hiking and whiskey tasting is a true escape from city living. You'll begin with a moderate four miles of hiking through the beautiful Minnewaska Preserve with sweeping views of the entire Hudson Valley and Highlands. After a short drive, you'll arrive at New York State's only whiskey distillery that is open to the public, where we will tour the distillery to hear about its fascinating history and sample three whiskeys and/or vodkas from their selection.

Perfect for:  First time hikers, adventurers who enjoy quality spirits

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Level 3/10
400 feet elevation gain
4.0 miles
Union SquareBroadway at East 18th Street
8:00AM to 6:30PMArrive by 7:45AM

Here’s what you need


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
  • ID for Tasting
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera


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

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
  • Distillery tour and whiskey 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.


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 per day.


Up to 4,500 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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