Tuesday Evening Hike: Cayuga Trail East and Arboretum

Tuesday, June 20, 2017  •  5:00 pm
  • Hike rating: Distance - 5 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Moderate
  • Event/Trailhead location: The Cornell Plantations Visitor parking area is at the intersection of Forest Home Drive and Caldwell Road on the Cornell University campus.(click for map).
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com

Tonight's destination is a portion of the eastern section of the Cayuga Trail, which was cut by Cayuga Trails Club in 1964, and has been lengthened, rerouted, improved and maintained since then by a collaboration consisting of: the club, Cornell Botannic Gardens staff and a number of campus groups.  

We will hike through Newman Arboretum on clear, paved roads, then across Forest Home Drive, over the Stevens Suspension Bridge, and perhaps another two miles or so on the Cayuga Trail, reaching the dramatic cliffs overlooking Fall Creek along the way. This is an out-and-back hike; after about 90 minutes, we will stop and retrace our steps. Our starting and ending point is the Cornell Plantations Visitor Parking area, at the intersection of Caldwell Road and Forest Home Drive.

Dress in layers for the weather, wear sturdy hiking boots or shoes and bring water.

Starting and endpoint is the Cornell Botannic Gardens Visitor Parking Area at the intersection of Forest Home Drive and Caldwell Road. From Ithaca, take Route 366 east. Pass Judd Falls Rd. and the Vet College. The next left is Caldwell Road. Turn left on Caldwell Road and go 0.4 mile. At the second stop sign, you will be at the intersection of Forest Home Drive and Caldwell Road. Turn left, park in the Cornell Botannic Gardens Visitors Parking Area, and look for cars and hikers gathering.

For those unfamiliar with this trail-head, please email Gary. As a last resort, Gary will meet hikers at the EMS parking lot, 722 South Meadow St. in Ithaca promptly at 4:30 P.M. to guide you. 

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