Hike the Catskills with Licensed Guide and Pro Photographer

Palenville, United States

Experience hosted by Brian

  1. 5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Guests will meet host near the entrance to the Catskills in Palenville, New York, where the last of the fall colors have faded away as we transition to winter hiking!

After a brief intro and gear check, well head up into the mountains - with scenic vistas, gushing waterfalls, and pristine summits - there's an adventure waiting - no matter your skill level. Learn about the flora, fauna and geography along the way as you immerse in the best of the Catskills with a licensed hiking guide & adventure photographer.

Hikes range in difficulty from easy to challenging and I do my best to tune to the overall skill level of the group. Whether you're a first time hiker or seasoned mountaineer - I'm excited to share my favorite hikes and hidden gems of the mountains with you.

Throughout the hike, I will shoot candid and instagram-worthy stills during your hike, which I will AirDrop (email for Android users. Professional shots (from 42 megapixel mirrorless camera) emailed after hike

For full day hike options, send me a message!


Other things to note
-I am a NYS DEC Licensed Hiking & Camping Guide (Badge #8246 - CPR, AED, & Wilderness First Aid Certified!
-Solo travelers please message prior to booking, as I will try to match up with other solo bookers. Most trips I do require a 2 person minimum, but can be flexible!
-Senior hikers, please message prior to booking!
Guests will meet host near the entrance to the Catskills in Palenville, New York, where the last of the fall colors have faded away as we transition to winter hiking!

After a brief intro and gear check, well head up into the mountains - with scenic vistas, gushing waterfalls, and pristine summits - there's an adventure waiting - no matter your skill level. Learn about the flora, fauna and geography along the way as you immerse in th…

What's included

  • Food
    Trail Mix, Grain Bars, Snack Mixes, Cheese & Crackers, hot coffee/tea/choc...
  • Equipment
    Ice Hiking Cleats
    First Aid Kit
    Backpack (if needed)
    Spare e...

Meet your Host, Brian

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 447 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I was born and raised in Florida, graduated from FSU in 2016, and moved upstate in 2016. Since then I have rekindled a love for hiking by getting to know the Catskills region. I later quit my corporate day job to pursue my love of the outdoors, travel, photography - and getting to share it with others. I've hiked thousands of miles with over a thousand guests through New York's trails - and can't wait to do the same with you!

I am a New York State Licensed Hiking Guide (Badge #8246) and have guided everyone from first time hikers to Himalayan summiters through an incredible experience in all four of New York’s vivid seasons.

I am also a pro with iPhone and my full frame SLR, and will capture amazing shots for you throughout the experience - from candids to posed to ‘basic’ - I got you. You can keep your phone in your pocket!
I was born and raised in Florida, graduated from FSU in 2016, and moved upstate in 2016. Since then I have rekindled a love for hiking by getting to know the Catskills region. I later quit my corporate day job to pursue my love of the outdoors, travel, photography - and getting to share it with others. I've hiked thousands of miles with over a thousand guests through New York's trails - and can't wait to do the same with you!

I am a New York State Licensed Hiking Guide (Badge #8246…
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Where you'll be

We will be spending time in the Catskill State Park in New York, which is a historic and wonderful place that many forget about when thinking of New York. A scenic drive will take you through to a hike to an iconic spots, where I will show you some of my favorite photo locations to get that perfect shot.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 447 reviews.

Magali
November 2021
Brian is an exceptional guide. He crushed our expectations with a intimate knowlege of the scenery, off trail magical discoveries, and thoughtful details like special snacks and professional quality photo memories handed off at the end. We felt like we made a new friend , not just a guide. We can’t recommend him enough
Eddie
November 2021
I am so happy that we booked Brian! He made our experience a life long memory. Incredible views and just enough push out of our comfort zones made this the ultimate experience. He was knowledgeable on the area and we felt very safe while with him. We will definitely be booking him again !
Ethan
November 2021
Brian has been an ASTOUNDING guide! He was able to answer our questions and facilitate our experience as much as possible to make it memorable. This experience is definitely worth very dollar. Brian was able to take great professional pictures with a professional camera and he knows the best spots for photos. Would want to do another hiking expensive with Brian, maybe in other mountains in USA.
Clara
November 2021
Our guide was really professional. On the way down, we encountered a lady who had sprained her ankle and was unable to walk. He carried her on his back despite us being 1 hour away from the trailhead. You can be sure that you are definitely in good hands! Also, our guide took wonderful pictures of us :)
Jaclyn
November 2021
What can I say that hasn't already been said about an experience with Brian! We had such an amazing day touring arwas we wpuld have never survived on our own. Brian made us feel safe and at ease the entire trip. And his phtography skills are top notch and ill treasure them forever. To add to Brians awesomeness, he even stopped to help another hiker in need and made surw that everyone got out safely. He has all my recommedations if anyone is looking for a different kind of adventure during your stay!
Donyae
October 2021
This experience is definitely worth checking out whether you are a beginner or expert hiker. Brian makes sure he takes you to all the breathtaking views for awesome sights and great pictures. The snacks that were provided were also a plus! I had a great time on my first hike ever, and Brian made me feel super safe and comfortable. I will happily be back in the future to book with him whenever I’m in the area again!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Sturdy, closed toed shoes with ample traction

Any Personal Medications (inhaler, epi-pen, etc)