Tuesday Evening Stroll: FLT in Danby

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  •  4:00 pm

 Note New, Earlier Start Time: 4:00 P.M. 

  • Hike rating: Length: About 4 miles; Terrain: Moderate, typical FLT; Pace: Moderate
  • Carpool meeting place: 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.
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com   607-339-5131

Many of us love to be out in the woods but have trouble preparing for long rigorous hikes. A nice evening stroll is called for. From now until Big Game Hunting Season in November, we hike some 30 of the most interesting natural areas in our region.

This week's hike takes us to the Finger Lakes Trail on privately owned property in rural Danby. A feature of this section of trail are the many small ravines that drain from east to west towards the valley bottom and West Danby. The ravines start out innocuously as bogs or small streams up on the hill, but eventually become dramatic steep-sided gorges on their way downhill. A good mile of this section of trail was made possible by the generosity of a local landowner who graciously permits us to hike on his land. Prior to that, we had road-walk.

This will be an "out and back" hike. We will hike from Comfort Rd. west for about and hour, turn around, and retrace our steps. No car shuttle will be required for this one and that should allow us to leave the woods before sunset.

Bring sturdy, broken-in hiking boots and water. Dress in layers for the weather. Hikers are invited to stop for ice cream on the way back to Ithaca.


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