175 Street Station, Manhattan, NY
You will meet your group and your guide (French of course!) in Manhattan on the morning of your Escape and hit the road in the comfortable Escape Van to the beautiful Silver Lake forest located near Tuxedo Park, Upstate New York.
We’ll start this easy 4-mile loop trail with a quick stop at the park visitor center, where we’ll learn about the history and geology of the area and take in a stunning view of the lake from the center’s back porch.
Our hike begins on a paved entrance road. We’ll cross a beautiful grassy field and then pass the stone foundations of a former church, the ruins of the Sterling Furnace, and the concrete and brick remnants of former mining operations.
Just beyond these ruins, we’ll have another beautiful view of the lake, and it’s also a chance to take gorgeous photos.
After passing a quiet, sparkling pond, we’ll reach the lake and enjoy a picnic together on a small sandy beach, surrounded by pine trees and sunlight dancing off the water. We will drink delicious French wine and enjoy a French cheese tasting while chatting both in French and English. From the beginner to the native French speaker, we all communicate in French as much as possible with one main goal: having fun.
Feeling rested and full, we’ll continue our hike south along the trail which continues to run above the lake, with some minor ups and downs.
We’ll catch glimpses of the lake as we walk, and we’ll also see and hear all kinds of birds. This easygoing 4-mile loop finishes at the visitor center parking lot, where your Escape guide will drive you back to the city. You’ll be back home around 6pm.
Perfect for: All levels of hikers who are curious about the French language, wine, and cheese
This Escape is a 5-person adventure (4 clients/1 guide).
- Expert guides who are native French speakers
- Park permits
- French cheeses and wine
- Comfortable athletic clothing
- Hiking boots or running shoes
- Your lunch: we recommend a sandwich, fruits, chips
- Plenty of snacks for yourself, like trail mix, energy bars, dry fruits
- At least 2 liters of water in a sturdy water bottle such as a Nalgene
- A backpack big enough to hold your water bottle and snacks
- Weather-appropriate clothing
- Any kind of Bug Spray