Tuesday Hike: Robinson Hollow

Tuesday, July 18, 2017  •  6:00 pm

 Note later start time of 6:00 pm 

  • Hike rating: Distance - 3.6 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Moderate
  • Event/Trailhead location: Harford-Slaterville trail-head of the FLT (click for map). Please park as far off the pavement as you can do safely.
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com   607-339-5131

Tonight our destination is Robinson Hollow State Forest, about a 25 minute drive east of Ithaca.

We will spot cars at the FLT trail-head on the Harford-Slaterville Road, then shuttle back to the trail-head on Robinson Hollow Roard. The hike begins with a half mile long, steep uphill slog from there, an aerobic workout if you choose to do it without stopping. Once we get to the top of the hill, we have some ups and downs, but it is typical FLT hiking. The reward is a particularly quiet and peaceful section of the FLT. The only sounds you are likely to hear are the conversation with your fellow hikers, footfalls, and bird song. Traffic noise is nonexistent up here.

Bring water, hiking boots or shoes, and insecticide if you use it to ward off black flies and ticks. Headlamp or flashlight recommended since we will be leaving the woods at dusk.

This section was recently adopted by Lucy Gagliardo. She and Trails Chair David Priester have already put in considerable work to make it more friendly to hikers, and they have opened up the trail corridor. Hiking here is a lot more fun than it has been in the recent past.

Directions from Ithaca: Take Route 79 from Ithaca east to the little village of Slaterville Springs. Go through the village. The second left after you exit the village is Harford Rd. Turn left on Harford Rd. and go another 4.8 miles to the FLT trail-head. Look for cars and hikers gathering. From Ithaca, the drive is about 25 minutes.

If you are unsure of navigation, email Gary. As a last resort, Gary will meet you at Eastern Mountain Sports parking lot, 722 South Meadow St., Ithaca promptly at 5:30 to guide you.

Parts of this hike will qualify for the Hike 100 Challenge with the North Country Trail Association. Mileage will be calculated at the hike.

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