At Treetops, hiking trips are available for all interests and abilities. While some hikes are demanding and rugged, many of our trips are about something other than sheer endurance. Some incorporate a special twist:

  • an English tea party on top of Balanced Rocks with cucumber sandwiches and scones
  • a climb up Mt. Van Hoevenberg with a hike down the Olympic bobsled run
  • a breakfast hike to the top of Owl’s Head to forage for wild blueberries then cook blueberry pancakes over a camp stove.

Fundamentals & Skills

We have many shorter climbs for beginning hikers, as well as trips that combine hiking with another activity like drawing, playing music, studying nature, or cooking a meal. When they are ready, beginning hikers may advance to more challenging and rigorous hikes.

Intermediate and advanced hikers enjoy an abundance of rugged, challenging climbs. At this level, hikes range from one to five days and require campers to push themselves on multiple levels, applying their wilderness skills to real-life experience.

Equipment & Gear

Counselors provide participants with a daypack and ensure that they are equipped with appropriate clothing and gear. Campers should come to Treetops prepared with personal hiking gear such as hiking boots, wool hat and socks, a raincoat, warm fleece, and water bottles.

Reference our packing guide for other essentials >>

Leaders

All of our trip leaders are experienced in wilderness hiking and are carefully selected based on their training and expertise. Some are even 46ers – an acclaimed status earned by climbing all 46 Adirondack High Peaks (those with an elevation of more than 4,000 feet).  We follow a strict set of guidelines for all hiking trips, including:

  • at least one of two trip leaders is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR 
  • at least one of two trip leaders is 21 years old or older