Awosting Falls Winter Microspike Hike / Culinary Institute/ Hard Cider Day Trip

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  • 02/19/2022
    8:45 am - 4:50 pm


With the temperatures climbing this week we will use use micro spikes for this hike.   We have selected a pristine location for a winter hike that will take you to the frozen waterfalls at Lake Minnewaska.  This is an easy/mostly flat trail that offers amazing views through snow covered woods and a 188 foot mostly frozen waterfall.  We will also stop at the Culinary Institute of America’s “The Egg” Cafeteria for lunch and end the day at a hard cidery.

How it works

Your day will begin with the spectacular trip along the Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson River Line to Poughkeepsie, NY (or you can drive and meet the group at the train station). We will pick the group up at 10:40am.  You may also drive to meet the group at the train.

We will stop at the Culinary Institute of America for lunch at the amazing “EGG” cafeteria then head to the trail. (You may also bring your own food.)

The Trail: Conditions permitting we will be on the Peter’s Kill to Awosting Falls trail, The River to Ridge Trail or The Lake Minnewaska Loop.  All are easy trails that wind through the woods, along the Peters Kill (river) and to Awosting Falls.  It is mostly all on flat carriage roads.

After the hike we will stop at Bad Seed Hard Cidery for snacks and samples.

You will likely be on the 5:50pm train back home at the latest.


Difficulty level: 4 out of 10.  Beginners welcome but you should be able to hike through a 2-mile nature preserve.  The trails used will be determined by the conditions.  You should be in good condition as it is a workout.


General Members: $115 ($105 for VIP members) includes: Lunch at The Culinary Institute, micro spike rental, Hiking fees, guide fees and transportation from Poughkeepsie train station to all activities and back.

Not included: train fare, cider samples

What do I need to wear? snow boots or waterproof hiking boots, thermals, warm gloves, snow pants (optional).  It is going to be cold, please use you best judgement as to what is best for you.  You can always leave items in the van if you bring too much.

Covid 19 Protocols: Fully Vaccinated or Covid Negative
We ask for your cooperation and understanding during this unusual time.  Our guidelines are designed so that we can continue bringing together as many people as safely as possible.  If you do not agree with the guidelines we have set below you may wish to consider another event.

  • This event is open to fully vaccinated members or those that can present a covid negative test from within 48Hours or bring rapid test with you.
  • If this event is outdoors face masks will be optional but required while in close proximity to others.
  • Please be respectful of others
  • Event limited to 7 people so there is space for everyone to be safe.  Please note that you will be traveling in an 8 passenger SUV with 7 people. Windows open, masks on.  Each trip in the vehicle is approx. 15-20 minutes.

Can I come alone?  Yes, 98% of those attending this event will likely register on their own. You are welcome to bring as many nonmember guests, friends & coworkers as you’d like, just make sure to register for the number of people that you want below. Our staff will be ready to greet you and introduce you to others whether you are on your own or with guests.

Dress Code:  Dress for the weather.  Dress in layers.  Look at the local forecast for New Paltz, NY. Snow boots or hiking waterproof boots recommended.

How will I find the group?  We will send you a confirmation email with exact locations, contact info and names of those who are hosting the event when you register for the event and send follow up emails as we get closer.

Ages: 21+

Questions?  Contact Dave Cervini at or call 212-873-2256 M-F 10am-4pm

This event is nonrefundable unless the event is canceled or rescheduled.

By registering for this event you take full responsibilities for your actions and agree to conduct yourself accordingly.


or Drive to Meet the group at PK Train Station, New York, Poughkeepsie


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