Empower Trek takes our mission and message to the hiking trails in the Adirondack Mountains.
A life-impacting experience, Empower Trek is a charity challenge that connects female adults with our mission in a powerful and memorable way!
Designed for women who are interested in exploring the Adirondack Mountains while connecting with themselves and others in a meaningful way, Empower Treks provides the ideal blends of contemporary comforts residing at a modern lodge with embarking on an outdoor adventure of majestic beauty.
Trekkers can expect to be on the trail for 8-10 hours and should be in the appropriate physical shape to take on this challenge. Trip members should be able to hike up to 13 miles including an elevation gain/loss of 3,000 feet.
Empower Trek 2020 will be hosted in the Adirondack Mountains
September 18-20, 2020.
$480 per trekker
The trek cost includes two nights lodging at Cadence Lodge, two hot dinners, pre-packaged breakfast and lunch on the trail and a hot breakfast Sunday morning, custom designed Empower Camp programming sessions, a dry-fit long-sleeve Empower Trek shirt, a buff for each participant, park fees, and applicable local taxes.
Empower Trek gives back to Empower Camp:
As part of this unforgettable experience, Trekkers unite in the mission to send young women to camp! We believe that if a young woman wants to attend Empower Camp, she should have the opportunity to do so. Trekkers will give the gift of camp by making a minimum commitment to fundraise $320 for the Empower Camp Scholarship Fund which is the cost to send one young woman to our summer camp program.
Special 2020 Discounts:
Are you a returning trekker? Sign up for the experience again and take advantage of our $20 returning trekker discount!
Bring a *new* friend discount! Sign up to bring a *new* friend to Trek and both you and your friend each save $10!
Spaces are limited. Registration for Empower Trek 2020 is NOW OPEN!
Join us and be a part of Empower Trek history!
"I loved the laid back structure. I loved the self-reflection that was built into the weekend. I loved that leadership thought/planned ahead of time to separate the big group into smaller groups. I will recommend this experience to everyone I know!"
- Empower Trekker, 2019
"I liked spending time with other empowered women and taking the downtime with myself."
- Empower Trekker, 2019
"I loved spending time with the Empower Camp ladies and meeting/getting to know new ladies. The empowerment and encouragement on the trail was amazing!"
- Empower Trekker, 2019
Trekkers will stay at cozy Cadence Lodge in Wilmington, NY. Minutes from downtown Lake Placid and many of the hiking trails, Cadence will be an ideal place to call "home" for our trek.
Trekkers will be paired up to share rooms. Roommate requests will be accommodated to the best of our ability.
All cooking, cleaning, set-up and clean-up is handled by Cadence and Empower staff allowing you to relax and enjoy the calming energy of the Adirondack Mountains.
Our hike will launch from the Adirondack Mountain Club LOJ. We will hike in groups of four and your group will become your trail family - you stick together for every trail challenge and triumph!
In 2019, Team Algonquin and Team Big Moose paved the way for future Empower Trekkers by hiking Phelps Mountain. The 32nd highest peak in New York, both teams summited the mountain at 4,160' and successfully conquered the "misery mile" which is a very challenging, steep mile to reach the summit.
The hike for our 2020 Trek will be announced in early 2020!
Trekkers will be responsible for their own travel to the Adirondacks. Carpooling is encouraged!
The Cadence Lodge is located approximately six hours from Buffalo at 5704 NY-86, Wilmington, NY 12997.
Friday Dinner: Hot, homecooked meal provided by Cadence Lodge. With large portions, this meal will give you plenty of energy for our hike the next day!
Saturday Breakfast: Bagged hiker breakfast provided by Cadence Lodge will include the needed carbs and protein to get your day started!
Saturday Lunch: Bagged lunch will be provided by Empower Camp and will include high calorie snack options and a gallon of water for your pack.
Saturday Happy Hour: Snacks and post-hike treats provided by Empower Camp - Because there is nothing better than loading up on snacks after a long day of hiking!
Sunday Dinner: Hot, homecooked meal provided by Cadence Lodge.
Sunday Breakfast: Hot breakfast provided by Cadence lodge in the main lodge.
Note: Trekkers are encouraged to bring extra snacks both for the trail and for downtime. You can expect to burn over 2,000+ calories on the trail!
2pm - 4pm Rolling Arrival Window
4pm - Welcome & Orientation
5:30pm - Dinner
7:30pm - Campfire
5am - Depart for trail
6am - Hike
5pm - Happy Hour
6pm - Dinner
8pm - Campfire
8:30am - Breakfast
9:30am - Closing Session
12am - Depart for home or optional shopping/exploring in Lake Placid
Gear List for 2020 to be posted soon!