Guided Hikes

Information about hiking at Manitoga



This program is made possible through a Hudson River Valley National Heritage Grant and support from the Malcolm Gordon Charitable Fund, Open Space Institute.

Saturday, July 13, 10am  
Saturday, November 2, 2pm
$5 suggested donation per person / Free for children 12 and under.

This moderate hike features four signature "view spots" and is led by Manitoga Landscape Site Educator.  Russel Wright called these framed views osios from native Algonquin and intended them as dramatic moments within the landscape. Visit Boulder Osio, Mossy Overlook, Lost Pond Osio and Chestnut Oak Osio with stunning views of the Bear Mountain Bridge, West Point, Storm King Mountain, and the Hudson River north to Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Reserve your spot at

Sunday, June 16, 10am
Saturday, August 10, 10am
Sunday, October 13, 10am
$5 suggested donation per person / Free for children 12 and under

Individuals and families join Manitoga's Landscape Site Educator on a guided walk from the highly designed Quarry Pool at Dragon Rock (the site of Russel Wright's Home and Studio) to Lost Pond, where the sense of coming upon an undisturbed primeval place is evoked. Part design, part ecology, discover the deep and recent history of Manitoga's landscape. Space is limited. Reserve your spot at

The 1.25 mile hike to Manitoga's highest point and return is moderate to intermediate with some steep terrain. Please wear appropriate walking shoes, dress for weather (including sunscreen and bug spray as needed), and carry water.

Meet at Manitoga's Visitor/Guide House next to the parking lot located at 584 Route 9D in Garrison, NY. You will be welcomed just before the tour begins. No pets please.


Manitoga's guided hikes do not include a tour of the House & Studio.

Hikes are not conducted in inclement weather.

Dogs are not allowed at Manitoga due to sensitive habitat. 
Manitoga has observed and determined that dogs, even on leash, threaten the character of the designed landscape. Stepping stones through fern meadows, moss carpets, and ephemeral pools that provide habitat for sensitive species are vulnerable to dog traffic and waste. To fully respect and contemplate the design and nature of the trails, please leave your pets at home.

You are welcome to picnic while hiking but please carry in-carry out.  Please help keep the paths clean

Photos: Chestnut Oak Osio: Manitoga Archives; Lost Pond: Robert Glenn Ketchum