Mt Rutsen Fire Tower/Hudson Walkway/ Culinary Institute Day Trip

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  • 03/19/2023
    7:42 am - 4:54 pm

Spend a crisp spring day out of the city and explore the beautiful Hudson Valley!  The Mt Rutsen Loop at Ferncliff Forest is an easy 2 mile loop highlighted by the climb up the fire tower for spectacular 360 degree views of the valley and the Catskill Mountains. We will also have lunch at the student run cafeteria at the Culinary Institute of America then walk off the calories on the Walkway Across The Hudson.

What to expect from the Mt Rutsen Fire Tower Loop Hike:

  • You will take the 7:42am Metro-North train to Poughkeepsie (or you can drive to meet the group at the station at 9:49am).
  • Your guide will pick you up and drive you to Ferncliff Forest for the hike (2 miles/1 hour).
  • Following the hike we will enjoy a very casual lunch at the Culinary Institute of America‘s student run cafeteria.
  • Following lunch we will enjoy a 1/2 mile stroll over the Walkway Over The Hudson, the world’s longest elevated pedestrian walkway!
  • You will be back on the 4:54pm train at the latest.


$75 General admission /$65 Lifetime VIP Members

Included: Transportation to and from Poughkeepsie and to all attractions, hike & guide fees.

Not included: Since not everyone will be taking the train, train fare is not included.  Lunch (approx. $10-$15).

About the hike:

This is a level 2/3 hike out of 10.  It is about 2 miles.  There are rocks and roots on the path in some places and there will be leaves and patches of snow on the ground that may make it a little slippery.  There are spectacular views from the top of the fire tower of the valley and the Catskill Mountains in the distance.

The Hudson Walkway is paved and flat.

Can I come alone? Yes, most guests do! It’s a great way to meet new people.

Dress Code:  Dress for the weather.  Hiking shoes strongly recommended. Sneakers are okay, too.

Ages: 21+

Questions? Email Dave Cervini at or call 212.873.2256, M-F 10am to 4pm.

Nonrefundable unless canceled.



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Illness Protocols/Refunds
In accordance with current city and state protocols vaccination status or masks are not mandatory for this event.  However, we do ask that participants act in a responsible manner and do not attend if feeling ill, showing symptoms or have been recently exposed to any of the current illnesses. Mask wearing is optional unless the venue or city has mandated that.  Everyone should respect the comfort levels of others as we transition into this next phase of socializing.

This event is nonrefundable unless canceled.  If you have tested positive for Covid or are sick with any ailment  that prohibits you from attending, we will do our best to provide you with credits for select future events with a copy of your positive test results or doctor’s note. Credits may or may not equal the cost of the event missed and may only be applied to events selected by NYSN.




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