Guidebook

Table of Contents

See the First Edition (1964) of the Guidebook here.

The Cayuga Trails Club publishes the Guide to Hiking Trails of the Finger Lakes Region, 12th Edition, 2011, 186 pages. It describes in detail 137 miles of the main Finger Lakes Trail from Birdseye Hollow Road in Steuben County eastward to Tone Road near NY Route 392 in Cortland County, as well as 73 miles of spur and loop trails including:

   
  Queen Catharine Marsh Trail8.1 mi.Schuyler County
Montour Falls Historic Loop Trail5.5 mi.Schuyler County
Interloken Trail12.0 mi.Schuyler County
Texas Hollow Loop Trail0.9 mi.Schuyler County
Van Lone Hill Loop Trail5.8 mi.Schuyler County
Bob Cameron Loop Trail2.6 mi.Tompkins County
Buttermilk Falls Spur2.2 mi.Tompkins County
Abbott Loop8.3 mi.Tompkins County
Spanish Loop Trail5.2 mi.Cortland County
International Loop Trail7.2 mi.Cortland County
Irvin Trail0.8 mi.Cortland County
Dabes Diversion Loop Trail4.2 mi.Cortland County
Virgil Mountain Loop Trail4.8 mi.Cortland County

It also includes the Cayuga Trail (8.5 mi.) and other hiking trails and places of interest in the Cayuga region that are not part of the FLTC system.

Click here to view the Table of Contents.

For most sections of trail, the guide includes the following information:

  • Approaches
  • Names of USGS Quads
  • Accomodations and camping
  • Brief description of character of trail
  • Point-to-point and cumulative distances (miles)
  • General description of trail route
  • Detailed trail description

The 12th edition also includes a reference page with latitude and longitude coordinates of each trailhead mentioned in the guide. These may be entered into handheld GPS units as an aid in locating trailheads.

The Guide includes a total of 14 maps: 13 FLTC maps — South Bradford section (M13), Sugar Hill section (M14), Seneca Lake section (M15), Connecticut Hill section (M16), Danby section (M17), Caroline section (M18), Virgil Mountain section (M19), Interloken Trail (I1), Queen Catharine Marsh Loop Trail (QCMLT), Montour Falls Historic Loop Trail (MFHLT), Abbott Loop, International Loop, and Virgil Mountain Area Loops; plus the Cayuga Trail (which is not part of the Finger Lakes Trail System) on a separate map. The Guide is also available with just the Cayuga Trail map. For more information about maps, see the Maps page.

Purchase the guidebook at these local retailers and outdoor organizations:

The Guide is available at the outlets listed below.

  • Finger Lakes Trail Conference (Mt. Morris store or On-line)
  • Ithaca
    • Autumn Leaves Used Books
    • Buffalo Street Books
    • Cornell Store
    • Cornell Plantations Gift Shop
    • Eastern Mountain Sports
    • Finger Lakes Running Company
    • Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau 
    • Old Goat Gear Exchange
    • Outdoor Store
  • Other
    • Finger Lakes National Forest Headquarters  (Hector)
    • Lime Hollow Center for Environment & Culture, Visitors Center (Cortland)
    • Watkins Sporting Goods

If your store or organization is interested in selling the Guide to Trails of the Finger Lakes Region, please send us an email or fill out our contact form.

The FLTC also has maps for the entire FLT system. A buyers guide is available from the FLTC Service Center, 6111 Visitor Center Road, Mt. Morris, NY 14510, 585-658-9320, or on the FLTC website.

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