Hiking through nature is a great way to exercise and see the wilderness without the danger of wrestling and saddling a wild boar. Hold on to your own tusks with today's Groupon: for $79, you get a guided day hike for two from Wilderness Rocks (a $158 value). This Groupon is valid for any of the day trips listed at $79 per person.
The guides from Wilderness Rocks help urban dwellers escape to nature with five- to six-hour day trips through the Catskills and beyond. Groups of up to 14 get scooped up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and whisked away from the concrete jungle's hectic routine of hailing taxis and dodging falling coconuts under the Panamanian Consulate. Departing throughout the year, hike options range from the Catskills snowshoe trip on February 11—a 6-mile trek through the snowy sanctum of the Catskill Mountains—to the Pound Mountain trip on April 7, which involves moderate rock climbing and spelunking. Rather than sprinting ahead to nab the freshest, most coveted pinecones, guides make several stops along the way, allowing everyone to catch their breath and take in the serenity of their surroundings. Once hikers have finished each trail, Wilderness Rocks transports the group back to the 86th Street rendezvous point with nothing but their gear, memories, and carefully rehearsed alibis. Before departure, check each trip's page for departure times, clothing requirements, and what equipment to bring.
The Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Adirondacks—these are just a handful of the famed trails and mountains that have been the stomping grounds of the Wilderness Rocks guides. Armed with their extensive hiking experiences, the guides whisk novice hikers to the trails outside of New York City on day trips and overnight visits, including a winter snowshoe exploration—which rewards folks with a campfire and hot cocoa—and a winter survival trip in the Catskills.
125 E 86th St.
Manhattan, New York 10028