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3500 Series: Women’s Hike of Vly & Bearpen

The North Face
The North Face
2101 Broadway
to 7:00PM
7:00AM to 7:00PM
Arrive by 6:45AM
6.5 miles
2,000 feet
elevation gain

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About the trip

A 3500 Adventure

What We Love

  • Summit two 3500 peaks
  • Visit the scenic Catskills
  • Sweeping views to the north
  • Hear history and stories from your guides

Your Day

Connect with your fellow outdoorswomen and spend a day outside in nature. Hike two of the Catskills' most remote tall peaks, Vly and Bearpen. You'll have the opportunity to explore Vly Mountain, a trailless peak and see if you can find the 3500 Club's summit canister. Then, you'll continue on to hike the unmarked trails of Bearpen Mountain, the original "Beast of the East."

This hike is full of rugged trail as you ascend and descend both peaks. Keep your eyes peeled for the unique flora and fauna of the Catskills region, with exciting sights pointed out by your DO Guide.

Today is all about connecting with other women and non-binary people, taking in some fresh air, and enjoying a new and unique experience.


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Level 7/10
2,000 feet elevation gain
6.5 miles
The North Face2101 Broadway
7:00AM to 7:00PMArrive by 6:45AM

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
  • Camera


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
  • Transportation
  • Park permits
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Gratuity for your guide


Have your own transportation? Select the "drive to meet" option at check out. You'll meet your guide at the Plattekill Travel Plaza at 8:15 AM. You'll then follow the van about an hour to the trailhead.


Level 7

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.

Elevation Change

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.