Tuesday Evening Hike: Shindagin West

Tuesday, August 15, 2017  •  5:00 pm
  • Hike rating: Distance - 6 miles; Terrain - Difficult with steep pitches; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Strenuous
  • Event/Trailhead location: FLT trail-head, Shindagin Hollow State Forest, Braley Hill Road, Brooktondale, NY (click for map)
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com   607-339-5131

Tonight our destination is a part of the Finger Lakes Trail that demonstrates the rich variety of terrain and the many ecosystems that coexist in our area. We start at Braley Hill Rd. near the western edge of Shindagin Hollow State Forest and one of its many red pine plantations. Then down a glacially steepened slope on an ATV trail through mixed hardwoods and conifers to the floor of the Wilseyville Creek valley. We will hike in forested groves, along the edge of cultivated fields, and along an abandoned railroad bed that bisects a wetland where Wilseyville Creek is the major natural feature. We will see the other side of the valley, Eastman Hill, and get a sense of the power of the glacier that formed this terrain, then turn back and retrace our steps up the steep valley wall. This is an out-and-back hike. On the return leg we have a steep uphill climb with elevation gain of over 800 feet. This is a difficult hike for many hikers; if you do not do well on steep pitches, you might want to join us on another Tuesday.

The Wilseyville Creek valley is an example of a through valley carved by the glaciers. The sides are steep ends of hills that originally projected into a winding valley but were cut off by ice currents. The main native American trail between Cayuga Lake and the Susquehanna River, sometimes called the Warriors Trail, followed the east side of Wilseyville Creek valley.

Bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes, water, and insecticide if you use it to ward off ticks.
Hikers are invited to go for ice cream after the hike at a local bistro.
For those unsure of navigation to the trail-head, email Gary. As a last resort, Gary will meet you promptly at 4:15 p.m. 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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