2016 Trips!

The following trips are being offered this year:

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Alleghany State Park

Allegany State Park

The Quaker area is known for its two lakes and wonderful camping experiences. It offers a sandy beach for swimming and relaxation. The many hiking trails give opportunities to explore the naturally formed caves, plus the diversity of plants and wildlife. Allegany’s mixed hemlock /hardwood forest, mountains, rolling hills and meadows, streams, ponds and lakes attract devoted outdoors enthusiasts year-round.  6 Trekees and 2 Leaders will be arriving early in the afternoon on the first day to maximize our time in this beautiful area. This is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a fun weekend camping and enjoying diverse outdoor activities. No camping experience necessary – so come on out!

Adirondack Canoeing

Adirondack Canoeing

On the UR FOOT canoeing trip, 6 Trekees will be traveling to Tupper Lake New York in the Adirondacks.  Here you will be canoeing in an area where motor vehicles are not allowed, giving you the amazing opportunity to experience nature at its purest. The trip will be three days of canoeing, hiking, and camping on and near the crystal clear Tupper Lake. Since we will be on the water for the majority of the trip, the ability to swim is a must.  Camping or canoeing experience is preferred, but not necessary.



For the third time, UR FOOT will be sending a trek to Chimney mountain and Eagle cave. The group will drive to Chimney mountain and spend the first night camping at Puffer pond. The following day we will will hike part way up the mountain and spend an afternoon exploring Eagle cave, the largest cave system in the Adirondacks.  In the evening we will collect our gear and reach the campsite on the summit. We’ll spend the evening exploring the unique rock formations, making smores, and stargazing. The next day we’ll pack up, descend, and return to Rochester in time for dinner.  No previous experience hiking or caving is necessary, but being comfortable in SMALL dark spaces is a must. The cave is completely natural, and has many crawls, crevices scrambles, switchbacks, and a repel.

Day Treks

Letchworth State Park

This UR FOOT trip will take 30 – 35 Trekees on two day hikes through Griffis Sculpture Park and Letchworth State Park.  Each day will be a new adventure through the New York wilderness as we experience hiking trails, streams, sculptures, and even the occasional swimming area.  We will be staying in cabins at Letchworth State Park that offer some of the most spectacular views of the stars at night.  This trip is one of the least demanding and great for anyone who wants to get out and enjoy Western New York’s magnificent surroundings.

Dix Range


The Dix Range trip is new this year! Experienced backpackers Greg and Michaela will be leading 6 trekees into the wondrous Dix range. We will be scrambling up the 200 yard rock slide on the Slide Brook trail to Macomb, then moseying along the ridge to South Dix and lastly reaching the 360 degree views of East Dix. This will be UR FOOT’s most demanding hike yet, so previous hiking or athletic experiences are suggested.

Mt. Marcy


The Mt. Marcy trip will take 2 Leaders and 6 Trekees on a scenic hike to the top the highest point in New York State, with an elevation of 5,344ft.  The trip will include two nights of camping at Marcy Dam and eating lunch at Indian Falls, with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.  Prior hiking experience is recommended, and Trekees should be physically capable of hiking for five hours on moderate terrain.

Rochester by Bike


Meet fellow incoming freshmen while spending hours together in the saddle.  On this Trek, participants will bike to beautiful Letchworth State Park and stay there for two nights, using the second day of the trip to explore the park.  Trekees are encouraged to bring their own bike, but they can also use one graciously provided by City Cycles (a free, student run, on-campus bike renting service).  No Camping experience is necessary, but UR FOOT Trekees must be comfortable biking 40+ miles a day.

Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

The UR FOOT Rock Climbing trip provides incoming freshmen the unique experience of climbing in the Adirondacks.  A professional guide will lead 6 Trekees and 2 Leaders at a cliff in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks known as “The Courthouse”.  Participants will be camping at the Bear Brook Shelter, which is along the approach trail to the cliff.  Some prior camping experience is preferred, but no prior climbing experience or gear is needed.



Coming in as the 5th tallest peak in New York State, Whiteface Mountain boasts an elevation of 4,865 feet above sea level, breathtaking views, and a unique history – it was the site of some alpine skiing events for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games! From the summit on a clear day, you may be able to see as far as Vermont.
Though we could drive up Whiteface Mountain via the Whiteface Memorial Highway, we’ll be hiking up from our campsite by the Whiteface Brook lean-to, a steep and less well-known route with beautiful views. Another perk: the campsite is close to a swimming hole!
This hike will be challenging, and we recommend that all 6 of our incoming freshmen trekkees have some hiking experience. We can’t wait to meet you!

Winter Trip: Letchworth State Park


On the (brand new!) Winter Trek, a group of Trekees comprised of transfer students and mid-year freshmen will travel to Letchworth State Park to enjoy the snow and winter scenery. The trip will be three days of snowshoeing Letchworth’s many hiking trails, sledding, and sleeping in (heated!) cabins. Warm clothing is a must, but no hiking or snowshoeing experience is necessary.

2 thoughts on “2016 Trips!”

  1. If selected, do Treekies get to pick from these options? Or does the selction pre- place you somewhere?

  2. When submitting your application, you select your top choices. Trekees are randomly selected from the set of applications, and trips are then assigned based on the interests you indicated on the application.

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2016 University of Rochester Freshman Orientation Outing Treks