At Wilderness Rocks our mission is to provide immersive wilderness excursions that will build your experience and skill set as well as, foster a love of nature. Discover the culture and natural beauty of a destination while observing natural details that typical tourists miss and savor spontaneous encounters along the way.
We believe in building strong relationships with you and creating positive group dynamics. And of course, we want you to have tons of invigorating fun and be proud of your efforts.
Whether your interests take you hiking to a waterfall or a mountain ridge, you can count on Wilderness Rocks for a breathtaking experience. Come join us and meet other outdoor enthusiasts. And let us share our insight and passion for the great outdoors with you!
In an effort to make your experience personally satisfying, accommodate your needs, and create a safe environment, most of our group trips are limited to 14 participants, though backpacking and overnight trips do not exceed 10 people.
Day hikes and excursions average between five to six hours and include several breaks along the way where you can simply sit and marvel at Mother Nature. Our hikes range from easy & moderate to difficult & challenging. Read the trip description to find a hike or activity that best suits your level. Still not sure? Contact us and we’re happy to assist you.
A consummate outdoorsman, Joe originally hails from Georgia, though he now calls New York City his home. He spent a great deal of time hiking the Smokey Mountains honing his outdoor survival skills. Joe owes much to his involvement in the Cub and Boy Scouts to sparking a love of the great outdoors. Joe has hiked thousands of miles in the New York area for the past 15 years including guiding hundreds of trips since 2008. In 2008 he hiked the Appalachian Trail and tackled the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010. Fitness is a way of life for Joe being a Certified Personal Trainer. Additionally, he is a third degree black belt and a certified instructor who teaches private children's and adult classes for ages 3 and up including martial arts weapons. Joe takes every opportunity to leave NYC and hike, backpack, canoe and kayak in the tri-state area and beyond.
A native New Yorker and fifth grade teacher in an independent school, Missy balances her urban upbringing with finding peace and quiet hiking and kayaking during her weekends. A naturalist at heart, she has always had a love of the outdoors and enjoys bird watching or just sitting still atop a ridge taking it all in. She has accrued many miles on trails both in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010 Missy joined Joe on the PCT for a 500- mile section and relished every minute. Running is another activity that Missy thoroughly enjoys and she has completed numerous half-marathons and three NYC marathons.
Dave also hiked the whole Appalachian trail and is our Adirondack wilderness/High Peaks pro! When it comes to wilderness skills Dave has no shortage and he is in our opinion a master of his craft. If it's broken Dave can fix it! Watch out when Chief and Dave get together they are trouble!
... and let's not forget...
Chief the Boston Terrier
Our main Guide Dog :) and honorary Wilderness First Responder, Chief has hiked over 2500 miles in the back country, not including canoeing or kayaking. In the picture below Chief is on the summit of Mt. Marcy, the highest peak in the Adirondacks and New York State. Chief loves to bound up rocky trails like a little mountain goat and is pretty daring at times.
You can also Like Chief on Facebook: Chief the wonder dog :)
We care deeply about the natural environment and actively practice "Leave No Trace" ethics and general hiking etiquette.
There are no refunds on trips only credit for future trips. We require 7 days notice to cancel for a credit. On two day and weeklong trips, we require 2 weeks notice. In the event of inclement weather/conditions and Wilderness Rocks cancels a trip, we will reschedule and/or give a credit. "No Shows" the morning of the trip will forfeit their credit. Please email with further questions.