Hike to a secluded lake
WHAT WE LOVE
- Hike on the historic Appalachian Trail
- Remote mountain lake perfect for a swim
- Open views of lakes and forests
- Unique flora and rock formations
Rich in diversity, in both vegetation and terrain, this beautiful five mile trail will lead us to several spectacular viewpoints. We will travel through rhododendron groves and lush woodlands, learning about pitch pine and the unique puddingstone ridge underfoot. The majority of our climb will come in the first two miles where we will ascend nearly 900 vertical feet. After hiking a short section of the famous Appalachian Trail and visiting the state line between New York and New Jersey, we will follow an undulating mountain ridge until we make our way to the secluded Surprise Lake for lunch. If weather permits, bring or wear your swimsuit for a dip in the lake before we head back home.
Perfect for: First time, fit hikers who are up for a challenge, experienced hikers looking for a relaxing day
- 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.
- Comfortable athletic clothing
- Hiking boots
- Expert guides
- Park permits
IDEAL FOR ACTIVE BEGINNERS AND FORMER PARTICIPANTS
Level 4 trips balance physical and aesthetic components of the day. Get your heart pumping on intermediate terrain with some rock scrambles and multiple peaks, then enjoy a well-earned break with a stunning view. These trips are effective preparation for even more challenging weekend-long trips.
Trail time ranges from for four to six hours. You should be in good physical shape and exercise at least three times a week to get the most out of the day.
You’ll be traveling five to eight miles on this trip, the average distance run in an hour-long soccer game.
You’ll be hiking on steadily rising terrain with loose rock surfaces, switchbacks, roots and small boulders.
Up to 1,500 feet per day.
Up to 6,000 feet.
Drive to Meet Option
Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the parking area across from Greenwood Lake Marina in Hewitt, NJ at 9:30 AM. See map below.
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 email@example.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.