Curated hikes within reach of the city
Planning a hike upstate can be tough, especially for the car-deprived. But if hiking in the Catskills has been on your to-do list since last spring, maybe it's time to let someone else handle the logistics.
Gear to Go Outfitters offers an array of year-round guided hikes, from the Hudson Highlands to the Berkshires, all of which include meals and round-trip transportation from Manhattan or Brooklyn. All you need to do is show up at the designated pick-up spot.
We like the popular (and not-too-taxing) Badlands and Verkeerder Falls Hike (May 29; $75), which winds through the Shawangunk Mountains and involves blueberry-picking, gushing waterfalls and perennial ice caves.
But we're also eager to try the Hudson Highlands Yoga Hike (May 21; $80), which includes a professional yoga class, and the Art Hike (June 25; $90), where participants follow in the footsteps of Thomas Cole and get a crash-course in watercolor painting.
Plus, Gear to Go has devised a high-end spring menu for their excursions. On tap this season: fresh Italian and Thai fare that will put your trail mix to shame.