Survival Skills Hike

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

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About the trip

Learn Wilderness Survival

What We Love

  • Learn fire making, shelter building, and more
  • Explore wild edibles and medicinal plants
  • Enjoy a moderate hike
  • Tune into the woods with awareness exercises

Your Day

Get ready to learn the basics of outdoor survival. As you'll quickly discover, the woods are full of tools, edibles, and information if you just know where to look. Today will be spent on a moderate four mile hike with lots of stops along the way to learn all about some useful and fascinating primitive skills. Over the course of your day outside, you'll learn how to make fire, build a shelter, track animals, identify wild edibles, and learn of various plants' healing properties.

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Level 3/10
600 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
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Knife (optional, fixed blade or locking preferred)


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

What's Included

  • Expert guides
  • Wilderness survival instruction
  • Materials for lessons
  • 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 receive directions to the trailhead by the Thursday before your trip. You can also contact our office at or [email protected] for more information.


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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