Special winter hike - Abbott Loop West

Saturday, January 27, 2018  •  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Hike rating: Distance - 6 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Moderate
  • Carpool meeting place: 11:00 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: 11:30 a.m. - FLT trailhead on Michigan Hollow Road, about 2.4 miles south of Route 96B in Danby near Diane's Crossing (click for map).
  • Contact: David Priester   david.priester@twcny.rr.com   607-280-5074

Join David Priester for a 6 mile winter hike. Starting on the Finger Lakes Trail on Michigan Hollow Road near Diane's Crossing we’ll hike to the Chestnut lean-to and will continue to Bald Hill Road, walk on Bald Hill Road to pick up the orange blazed Abbott Loop trail, head up to the Thatcher Pinnacles (1.700 ft.) and back around and down to Bald Hill Road and back to Michigan Hollow Road where we started. Thatcher’s Pinnacles provide a scenic overlook over West Danby, the Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve and the forested hills beyond.  While this hike is listed as moderate, there are some steep pitches to be negotiated.

Bring water and snacks, dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy boots, traction devices and/or snowshoes according to the weather.  Be aware that there is very likely to be more snow and/or ice on this trail than in Ithaca.   The hike leader will post trail conditions prior to the hike date to assist with bringing the needed footwear and traction.

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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