Lake Awosting Hike & Swim

Union Square
Union Square
Broadway at East 18th Street
7:15AM
to 6:30PM
7:15AM to 6:30PM
Arrive by 7:00AM
Intensity
4/10
8.0 miles
1,500 feet
elevation gain
18+

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About the trip

WHAT WE LOVE

  • Swim in a glacial lake
  • Open views of stunning cliffs

  • Lush and colorful forests

  • Visit a local farmstand

YOUR DAY

After arriving at the beautiful glacial Lake Minnewaska, we'll warm up with three miles through the lush and mystical forests high above the Palmaghatt Ravine. We'll take in the sweeping views of Gertrude's Nose and the Hudson Valley as we make our way to the cliffs of Hamilton Point. Our next stop is Lake Awosting, where we can take a break by the calm waters and jump in for a quick swim while we enjoy lunch.  After our rest, we'll turn to off our gentle carriage roads and join the wondrous Shawangunk Ridge Trail out to take in views from Castle Point and Litchfield Ledge, stretching out to the Catskill Mountains.  We'll return back to our trailhead via a moderate carriage road and enjoy some final views before our ride home.

Perfect for : Fit, new hikers up for a challenge, intermediate and experienced hikers looking for a relaxing day

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Level 4/10
1,500 feet elevation gain
8.0 miles
Union SquareBroadway at East 18th Street
7:15AM to 6:30PMArrive by 7:00AM

Trip Details

  • DEPARTURE AND RETURN LOCATION
    • Meet your guide Paragon Sports in Union Square, 867 Broadway at east 18th street.
    • Subways: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to Union Square.
  • DEPARTURE TIME
    • 7:30 AM. Please arrive at 7:15 AM for check-in.
  • RETURN TIME
    • Approximately 6:30 PM.
  • INTENSITY LEVEL
    • This hike is an Intensity Level 4 out of 10. Please read a full description in the Intensity Level tab above.
  • TRAIL STATISTICS
    • Total Miles: 7
    • Accumulative Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
    • Technical Factors: Clear path, no use of hands required.
  • AGE REQUIREMENT
    • This trip is for participants ages 18+

Pack List

BRING
  • Your lunch
  • Ample snacks
  • At least three liters of water
  • A backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection, visit our partners.
  • Bathing suit and towel if you'd like to swim
WEAR
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
INCLUDED
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits

Drive to Meet Option

If you would prefer to drive yourself, you can select the "drive to meet" option at check out.  You'll meet your guide at Rock and Snow in New Paltz, NY at 8:45 AM. From there, you'll follow the van about 15 minutes to the Minnewaska State Park parking area. Please note there is a fee to park.

Intensity Level

Level 5

MODERATE — FOR SKILLED BEGINNERS AND INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS

Level 5 trips place greater emphasis challenging you physically. Whether you’re still new to the scene or have some experience, you’ll appreciate a more deliberate pace with a capable group.

ACTIVITY
 

We’ll be out on the trails for five to seven hours. Prepare for this trip by doing cardio and strength exercise at least three days a week.

DISTANCES

Be ready to cover six to nine miles today before heading home.

SURFACES

We’ll be hiking on moderate mountainous terrain, which may require navigating various rock faces and trail conditions including steep inclines and uneven ground.

ELEVATION CHANGE

Up to 1,800 feet per day.

ALTITUDE

Up to 8,000 feet.

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