Here’s what you need
- 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
- Extra non-cotton socks on the trail
- Trekking or ski poles
- A dry set of clothes and shoes for the ride home (can be left in the van)
- Comfortable athletic clothing
- Hiking boots with non-cotton socks (required)
- Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures
- Expert guides
- Park permits
- 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 will follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.
Vigorous -- For fit, experienced hikers only
On Level 7 trips you’ll encounter some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available within a day’s drive. These trips are for athletic types and those who wish to push their physical abilities.
You can expect to be active for six to eight hours. You can best prepare for a Level 7 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below eight minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.
Level 7 hikes can be anywhere from ten to thirteen miles.
We will be on mountainous, exposed terrain and steep, uneven trails. Most hikes will require not only hiking boots but also additional gear like hiking poles and headlamps.
Up to 2,500 feet per day.
Up to 12,000 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.