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Raccoon Brook Hike

Raccoon Brook Hike

Overview
Pack List
Intensity Level
FAQ

Eleven miles of rugged and varied terrain


WHAT WE LOVE

  • Winding, rugged trails
  • Multiple beautiful vistas
  • Stunning and lush plants
  • Visit a serene lake

YOUR DAY

Raccoon Brook is notable for the marvelous diversity of its terrain and scenery. Join us as we climb to several high vantage points for magnificent views of the Hudson Valley. Throughout the hike, pass large boulders, wander through mountain laurel thickets, glimpse understories of blueberry bushes, and cross flowing streams. As you continue to climb, you will reach a rock ledge covered in scrub oak and pitch pine with a dramatic overlook of Harriman State Park to the southwest. Descending from our multiple vantage points, we'll come to Pine Meadow Lake for a relaxing break by the water to cap off our full and invigorating day.

Perfect for: Adventurers with some hiking experience, fit hikers looking for a full and challenging day


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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 and discounts, visit our partners.
  • Camera
WEAR
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Sunscreen
INCLUDED
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits

Intensity Level

Level 6

MODERATE — FOR INTERMEDIATE PARTICIPANTS AND ABOVE
Level 6 trips will push you with a faster pace and longer distances. This hard work allows you to see more terrain and higher vistas. You should expect to be tired and fulfilled on the van ride home.

 

ACTIVITY
We’ll be active for five to eight hours. Prepare for this trip by maintaining your daily fitness regime that includes both cardio and strength.

 

DISTANCES
Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to eleven miles today, nearly a half-marathon.

 

SURFACES
We’ll be hiking on varying mountainous terrain, which will involve navigating various rock faces, loose stones, and steep, uneven trails.

 

ELEVATION CHANGE
Up to 2,000 feet per day.

 

ALTITUDE
Up to 10,000 feet.
 

FAQ

This is my first trip. What should I expect?

Your guide will meet you at the departure location in a Discover Outdoors shirt and will be driving a passenger transport van. After introductions, you'll drive to your hiking location. The drive can be anywhere from one or one and a half hours (for most trips) to two and a half hours (for trips to the Catskills). Your guide will have lots of helpful information and lead you along the trail. You can expect some great views, interesting facts about the area, and lots of great conversations with your fellow hikers. After your trip is complete, you'll be dropped off at the same location as your departure.

What if I'm running late to the pick up?

We know how tough it can be to get around this city sometimes, but our trips depart on time. As a courtesy to your other adventurers and guides, please arrive at least 15 minutes early to your pick-up location so we can depart at our scheduled time. You're more than welcome to bring coffee and breakfast along to enjoy on the road.  If you are running late, please contact your guide (whose phone number you'll receive via e-mail the week of your trip). Unfortunately we do not offer any trip credit for a missed departure due to late arrival. 

What should I wear and bring?

All the information on what to wear and bring can be found on the trip's site in the pack tab. We recommend comfortable, athletic clothing in all seasons and advise against wearing cotton. Dressing in layers will allow you to adapt to changing temperatures. Hiking boots with wool socks are highly recommended, though sturdy sneakers are acceptable in warm and dry weather. In the winter and at times when we will be encountering snow or mud, hiking boots are required. You can contact us (212-579-4568 or info@discoveroutdoors.com) for more information on trip conditions.

You should pack plenty of water (2-3 liters) and snacks, as well as a hearty lunch. It's also a good idea to bring an extra layer, a camera, a hat, and sunscreen in your pack. Oh, and don't forget to bring your sense of adventure!

How hard is this hike?

All of our hikes are rated on a scale of 1-10. You can find any trip's intensity on its main page, with a detailed description in the "intensity level" tab. We recommend that you review this information so you can be prepared for your day. If you have any doubts, please call or e-mail our office and we can provide more information on any trip's difficulty.

How many people will be there?

Our groups for hikes usually range from 8-14 people. Your group will have either one or two DO guides, depending on the trip.

Will I be the only solo traveler?

No way! Many individuals sign up to join our trips solo. The best part of a DO trip is meeting new people and being part of a group. Even if you show up as a party of one, you'll be leaving with lots of new friends.

What if I'm the slowest one?

We hike as a group, but sometimes people move at different paces - and that's completely ok! Our guides will always have your safety in mind and be keeping attentive track of the group. On longer or more difficult hikes, we'll have a sweep guide as well. As long as your group is keeping on schedule, there's no pressure to move fast; enjoy the trip!

Will there be bathrooms?

Once we get to our trailhead, nature is your bathroom! Your guide will brief you on leave-no-trace guidelines for using the bathroom responsibly. Always tell someone when you're stepping off trail to go.

What if I don't feel well?

Our guides receive medical training and are all certified Wilderness First Responders, so you're in good hands, but communicating is key. Please notify your guide if you don't feel well, are worried about a blister, or any other concerns. Also notify them in advance if you have any medical conditions or allergies.

What if there's rain in the forecast?

Forecasts change often in the mountainous areas we visit, so we keep a close eye on multiple weather forecasts leading up to a trip. We don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure.  In most cases, the trees will provide quite a bit of cover from passing rain and, as long as you are dressed appropriately, you'll still have a great day. Please note that your guide may alter your trip itinerary in the case of inclement weather. If we decide that the weather is unsafe, we'll notify you by the afternoon before a trip via e-mail.  Please note that there is no credit or refund due to weather unless the cancellation is made by DO, in which case we'll happily transfer your credit to a future trip.

How much should I tip our guide?

If you have a great day, a tip is a great way to thank your guide for their work.  On our trips, a tip of 10-20% is customary.

 

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