Guide's Choice: Shawangunk Ridge Trail

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 6:30PM
7:15AM to 6:30PM
Arrive by 7:00AM
13.8 miles
1,418 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

Bask in some of NY's greatest views over 14 challenging miles

What We Love

  • See the highlights of the Shawangunks
  • Visit glacial lakes
  • Observe unique wildlife
  • Mix of carriage road and footpaths

Your Day

After arriving at the beautiful glacial Lake Minnewaska, we'll warm up with four 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 wade into the water for a brief cool down, but this is just the beginning! After our stop at Awosting, we'll turn off onto gentle carriage roads and join the wondrous Shawangunk Ridge Trail. The SRT covers 74 miles from High Point, NJ to Rosendale, NY as it traverses a ridge line that has been called "one of Earth's last great places" by the Nature Conservancy.

Our 6 miles along the SRT will show us some of the best of what this trail has to offer. We'll duck through caves and bravely scramble up the white quartzite conglomerate cliffs to breathtaking views from Castle Point and Litchfield Ledge, stretching out to the Catskill Mountains. Before long we'll find ourselves at Rainbow Falls and we'll enjoy the sound of running water as we continue along our mountain stream all the way back to the trailhead. Our hike may end here, but the peace and wonder of our trip will stay with us for much longer!

Depending on trail conditions, snowshoes or microspikes may be required. If so, they will be provided by your guide.

Perfect for: Experienced hikers, hearty adventurers looking for a challenge

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Level 6/10
1,418 feet elevation gain
13.8 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:15AM to 6:30PMArrive by 7:00AM

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
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters


Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks (required)
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
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 8:30 AM. From there you'll follow the van about 45 minutes to the trailhead.


Level 6

Moderate - For fit and experienced hikers

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.


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.


Be ready to cover some serious distance. We may hike up to fourteen miles today, over a half-marathon.


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.


Up to 10,000 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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