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Adventure Activities

Get out this weekend and try something new with our low to no-cost adventures! Activities vary from a couple hours to weekend trips. Transportation and most equipment are included.

You must register in person at the Outdoor Pursuits office, EG-10. Payment is required to hold your space in an activity. Full refunds will be issued for any canceled activities.

Hours

The Outdoor Pursuits office and Rental Center is open 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Fall 2018 Adventure Activities 

August

Moonlight Hike

  • Sunday, August 26
  • 8:30 – 10 p.m.
  • FREE
  • Register by Friday, August 24

Meet other outdoorsy-types and enjoy an evening hike. We will take our time climbing the Oak Trail to the meadow overlooking campus. The moon will be bright enough to light our way, but bring a flashlight just in case! Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are still necessary. Meet in front of Mohawk at 8:20 p.m.

September

Three Gorges Waterfalls Hike

  • Wednesday, September 19 (NO CLASSES!)
  • 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $10
  • Register by Tuesday, September 18

Lace up your hiking boots for a grand slam of three of our Finger Lakes gorges! First up is the Taughannock Falls gorge, where you will stand in the mist of the second highest falls in the state; then Buttermilk Falls with an awesome gorge full of natural curiosities; and finally Robert H. Treman State Park, featuring 115-foot Lucifer Falls. Bring money for a food stop in Ithaca after the hike.

Trail Maintenance Hike

  • Saturday, September 22
  • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • FREE
  • Register by Thursday, September 20

Join Outdoor Pursuits for a hike on our adopted portion of the Finger Lakes Trail. This will be a gentle, flat and methodical 6-mile hike with many stops to remove any fallen limbs and check that the trail still has its proper markings.

Rail Trail Bike Ride

  • Sunday, September 23
  • 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fee: $20 with bike rental; $15 with your own bike
  • Register by Friday, September 21

The old Black Diamond railroad bed has been transformed into a bicycling path providing us with a flat ride (approximately 12 miles). We will take a break at the halfway point to walk out to a scenic gorge and enjoy the falling water. This trip makes for a great day of adventure away from campus. Pack a camera, a hearty lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Helmets are a must.

Moon Rise Hike

  • Wednesday, September 26
  • 7:30 – 9 p.m.
  • FREE
  • Register by Tuesday, September 25

Enjoy another evening hike with Outdoor Pursuits. We will take our time on meandering trails and try to catch the rise of the full moon over the Susquehanna River valley. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended footwear. Meet in front of the East Gym at 7:20 p.m.

High Ropes Course & Zipline Challenge

  • Saturday, September 29
  • 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Fee: $10
  • Register by Friday, September 18

Experience what our campus Challenge Course can offer you, your office, your classes, colleagues or your workgroups. You'll have the opportunity to climb the cargo net, traverse the high ropes course and then zipline down. Sign up as an individual or with others. Space is limited; sign up early! Indicate your preferred time slot when registering.

October

Foliage & Fire Tower Hike

  • Saturday, October 6
  • 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $15
  • Register by Thursday, October 4

Hike to the Balsam Lake Mountain fire tower, the location of first forest fire tower in New York State. This now restored fire tower offers beautiful views of the Pepacton Reservoir. Join us and enjoy the various colors of the changing leaves in this "forever wild" Forest Preserve. Pack a lunch, snacks and a water bottle.

Waterfalls Hike at Salt Springs State Park

  • Friday, October 12
  • 2 – 5:30 p.m.
  • Fee: $5
  • Register by Friday, Thursday, October 11

There is a unique state park in Pennsylvania, where three waterfalls and pioneer tales shroud a stand of virgin eastern hemlocks. Come hike along the water and beneath these magnificent trees! Wear shoes that can get wet and bring a backpack with a water bottle and snacks.

Bike & Hike Watkins Glen Gorge

  • Friday, October 12
  • 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Fee: $20 with bike rental; $15 with your own bike
  • Register by Thursday, October 11

A scenic canal towpath and old railroad bed that has been transformed into a bicycling path provides us with a flat ride (approximately 12 miles) and passes the cascading waters of Montour Falls. We will take a break to hike the gorge of Watkins Glen State Park and enjoy even more falling water. This trip makes for a great day of adventure away from campus. Pack a camera, a hearty lunch, snacks and a water bottle. Helmets are a must. Bring cash for one of the best ice cream stops ever.

Cider & Donuts Hike

  • Saturday, October 13
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fee: $10
  • Register by Thursday, October 11

Get out and enjoy the change of the season. This will be an easy hike along the rolling Finger Lakes Trail. Look forward to the canopy of the autumn trees as we trek to a lean-to shelter for lunch. Pack a lunch and a water bottle. Dress for the weather. We will stop at a local cider press operation after the hike for fresh pressed apple cider, homemade doughnuts, a caramel apple, pie and other goodies! Bring cash. This is a social hike. Meet the BOP van in front of the East Gym at 9:50 a.m.

Last Updated: 8/13/18