Special Hike - Tompkins County Hike #2

Saturday, May 6, 2017  •  8:00 am


  • Hike rating: Distance - 8.8 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Strenuous
  • Carpool meeting place: 8:00 a.m. - EMS Parking Lot at 722 S Meadow St. (click for map). Please park in front of the store but at the end of the lot furthest away from the store.
  • Event/Trailhead location: 8:10 a.m. - FLT trailhead and Finger Lakes Land Trust Sweedler Preserve at Lick Brook, Lower Entrance access. Use the DOT parking lot off of the NORTHBOUND lane of NY Route 34/96 in the NY Route 13 and 34/96 interchange, about 4 miles south of Ithaca (click for map). If coming from the north, go through the interchange on Route 34/96 toward Spencer and then use the marked U-Turn immediately after the underpass to go back north. If coming north on Route 13, you must cut through to 34/96 on Decker Rd. and then turn left onto 34/96. The DOT parking lot is on the right, just before the bridge over Enfield Creek.
  • Contact: Barbara Nussbaum   barbnussb@yahoo.de   607-257-6906

Come try out the Finger Lakes Trail by hiking a 9 mile section in Tompkins County with Barbara Nussbaum. This rugged hike encompassing several hills and significant climbs is on the Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s Map 16, in case you have a map or wish to order one from the conference (here’s their Web site to do that and find out more about them: www.fingerlakestrail.org).

We’ll meet at Eastern Mountain Sports in Ithaca and car pool to the lower parking lot for the Sweedler Preserve at the junction ot Rt. 13 and Rt. 34 which will be the end of our hike. We leave as many cars as possible there and car pool to the start of our hike on Stevenson Preserve. From there we'll be walking eastward through the Stevenson Forest Preserve, Rieman Woods, the Bock Harvey Preserve and Robert H. Treman State Park.  

Perhaps the outing will inspire participants to tackle the rest of this beautiful, 585-mile foot-trail stretching from Allegheny State Forest into the Catskills.

Bring raingear, wear appropriate footgear, pack a lunch and at least 2 liters of water.

Please email or call the hike leader before the hike date if you plan to attend as we need to arrange car shuttling. This hike may be postponed or modified in inclement weather.

This hike will qualify for the Hike 100 Challenge with the North Country Trail Association. 

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