Tuesday Evening Hike: Satterly Hill

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  •  5:30 pm
  • Hike rating: Distance - 6 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Moderate
  • Event/Trailhead location: The north Burnt Hill Road trail-head, north of the intersection of Wyckoff Road, Schuyler County (click for map).
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com   607-339-5131

Tonight our destination is the Finger Lakes National Forest, the only National Forest in New York, and dramatic Satterly Hill. We will start at the north Burnt Hill Rd. trail-head, and hike to Satterly Hill Rd., then turn back and retrace our steps, finishing around dusk. Note this hike requires about a 30 minute drive from Ithaca.

Along the way, we will traverse several very nice wooded sections and get to contemplate the past of this land. The National Forest as we know it today was once a checkerboard of farms owned by a community of families who made their living farming. We cross and then hike parallel to lovely Logan Creek, and traverse several very nice sections of woods. After crossing Logan Road, we cross Tug Hollow Creek on a bridge built, and rebuilt twice, by Cayuga Trails Club. Then we head up steep Satterly Hill, witnessing nice views to the south along the way, where old vineyards can be seen, and, in the fall, concord grapes can still be sampled. Satterly Hill offers a wide panoramic view of Seneca Lake to the west, and farms and villages to the south.

Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring water. Wear long pants and bring insecticide if you use it to ward off ticks. Since we will finish around dusk, headlamp and flashlight recommended.

If you are unsure of navigation to the Finger Lakes National Forest, email Gary. As a last resort, Gary will meet you promptly at 4:45 at EMS, 722 South Meadow St., Ithaca to guide you.


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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