Notices for hikers

This page contains important notices to club members and trail users. It covers trails maintained by the Cayuga Trails Club, plus additional sections of the FLT described in the Guide to Hiking Trails of the Finger Lakes Region.

Please check this page if you are planning a hike. Also, check the Finger Lakes Trail Conference trail conditions at http://www.fltconference.org/trail/go-hiking/trail-conditions/trail-condition-notices/

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Dec. 5, 15 (Expired)

M17

ATTENTION HIKERS!

FLT Map M17 has now been updated and is available from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, www.fingerlakestrail.com.

The new map edition includes the following change(s):

  • mile 3.2 Layen Road on left (1300', parking). Continue straight ahead onto abandoned section of Town Line Road.  Note: trail ahead is closed for hunting Oct. 1 - Dec. 22. Use Layen, Jersey Hill, Gunderman and Comfort Roads to bypass.

  • Also noted, a main FLT reroute:

    • mile 16.3 Trail crosses NY Route 96B (1160’). Proceed north and then southeast through gas pipeline right-of-way parallel to NY Route 96B.

    • 16.5 Durfee Hill Rd. (dirt); roadside shoulder parking. Turn right and follow road south downhill a short distance to junction with Rt. 96B.  Note: Trail ahead is closed for hunting from Oct. 1 - Dec. 25. Use Durfee Hill, Hornbrook, Marsh, Deputron Hollow, and Coddington Roads as shown on map to bypass.

    • 16.6 Reach NY Route 96B (1150'). Turn left (SE) and follow shoulder of 96B a short distance to Heisy road on left. Warning: 96B is a busy road with a 55mph speed limit.

    • 16.8 Turn left (E) on Heisey Road (1170', dirt); steep uphill.

- P Warrender - Trails
Dec. 5, 15 (Expired)

M16

ATTENTION HIKERS!

FLT Map M16 has been updated and is now available from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, www.fingerlakestrail.org.

The new map edition includes the following change(s):

  • The new map now includes an inset map featuring Reiman Woods and the Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve, including white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail, a blue-blazed spur trail to the new Locust Lean-to, and the yellow-blazed loop trail system.
  • The temporary main Finger Lakes Trail route which includes:  
    • mile 14.7 Left (N) onto the yellow-blazed spur. At end of spur trail (approx. 150 feet north) go right (NE) on the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail. Follow this trail to the loop intersection, passing Ponder Log with view to north.
    • 14.9 Right (N) on the yellow-blazed approach trail to Rockwell Rd.

    • 15.2 Rockwell Road (1190’), parking. Right (E). In 0.6 mi. pass Pinecreek Campground (www.pinecreekcampground.com)

    • 15.9 Right (S) on Hines Road.

    • 16.1 Trail leaves Hines Road on left (1130').

  • Also included is a new white-blazed main FLT trail route:
    • mile 17.5 Cross Woodard Road (1040') in Robert H. Treman State Park. Very limited shoulder parking; do not park in front of or near gate.

    • 17.7 Main trail turns left just after the CCC camp memorial plaque. Trail passes through the remains of SP-6 of the Civil Conservation Corp camp that existed here from 1933 – 1941. Note historic artifacts including stone stairway, stately row of old cedar trees, and former swimming hole. The treeless area just before reaching the Old Mill was a pond for storing water for the mill. A road once crossed Fish Kill Creek here; one abutment of the bridge can be seen from the trail.

    • 18.1 Turn right and follow the sidewalk past the historic Old Mill and continue onto the stone foot bridge.

    • 18.2 Main white-blazed FLT continues straight across from the other end of the foot bridge.

    • 18.4 Watch for trail junction blazes marking the main trail's turn east through the state park toward NYS St. 13/34/96.

- P Warrender - Trails
Dec. 5, 15 (Expired)

M15

ATTENTION HIKERS!

FLT Map M15 has been updated and is now available from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, www.fingerlakestrail.org.

The new map edition includes the following change(s):

  • The white blazed FLT now directly crosses Burnt Hill Rd, 3/5th of a mile north of Wycoff Rd. (1610'). Parking area is 250' south on road. Note: Orange-blazed Interloken Trail leaves road on left 250' to south.

- P Warrender - Trails
Dec. 5, 15 (Expired)

Interloken

ATTENTION HIKERS!

FLT Map I1, Interloken Trail, has been updated and is now available from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, www.fingerlakestrail.org.

The map reflects the following change(s):

  • The southern terminus of the Interloken Trail is now just south of the parking area on Burnt Hill Rd., about a half mile north of its intersection with Wyckoff Rd. (1610'). Interloken Trail leaves road south of the parking area heading east.
  • The white blazed main Finger Lakes Trail now directly crosses Burnt Hill Rd 250' to the north.

  • The total mileage of the Interloken Trail is now 11.2 miles, from end-to-end.
- P Warrender - Trails
Nov. 11, 15 (Expired)

M17

ATTENTION HIKERS! New Hunting Closure Notice:

The main Finger Lakes Trail on map M17 between Bruce Hill Rd. (mile 4.7) and Comfort Rd. (mile 7.3) is closed to hikers for the hunting season until midnight Tuesday, Dec. 22.

Please respect the preferences of our trail permitting landowners by staying off of their land during deer and turkey season. By choosing to hike in other areas during the season, you can help us maintain and enhance good working relationships with landowners, so that we may continue to provide a wilderness hiking experience for hikers on the FLT for many years to come. - P.Warrender - Trails

Sep. 15, 15 (Expired)

General

2015-2016 NY Hunting Season dates - Southern Zone; District 7 and 8

  • Oct 1 - Oct 30 Fall Turkey
  • Oct 1 - Dec 22 Bow hunting
  • Nov 7 - Nov 20 Crossbow
  • Nov 21 - Dec 13 Regular (bow and gun) hunting
  • Dec 14 - Dec 22 Bow hunting and Muzzleloading
  • 2016: April 23 - 24 (youth turkey hunt); May 1 - May 31 Spring Turkey (sunrise to noon)

HIKE SAFELY DURING HUNTING SEASON! WEAR BLAZE ORANGE! - P. Warrender, Trails

Sep. 15, 15 (Expired)

General

Hunting Notice: The following sections of trail are closed for hunting season; Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 through Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015:

M15: Satterly Hill Rd. south trail-head (near twin tunnels; mileage 5.9) to Satterly Hill Rd. north trail-head (Finger Lakes National Forest; mileage 7.7).

M15: South Hill Rd. trail-head near Bennetsburg (mileage 13.0) to Texas Hollow Rd. trail-head (mileage 14.4).

M17: Buttermilk Spur from the Spur trail intersection with the blue-blazed trail within the FLLT Thayer Preserve to W. King Rd.

M17: From Layen Rd. (mileage 3.2) to Comfort Rd. (mile 7.3)

M17: Durfee Hill Rd. (mileage 17.3) to Coddington Rd. trail-head (M18, mileage 1.4).

M18: White Church Rd. trail-head (mileage 3.0) to property line with Shindagin Hollow State Forest (mileage 3.9) (recommendation to hikers is to stay off of trail all the way to Braley Hill Rd.).

M18: Blackman Hill Rd. trail-head (mileage 14.1) to Route 79 trail-head (mileage 16.3).

Please respect the preferences of our trail permitting landowners by staying off of their land during deer and turkey season. By choosing to hike in other areas during the season, you can help us maintain and enhance good working relationships with landowners, so that we may continue to provide a wilderness hiking experience for hikers on the FLT for many years to come. - P. Warrender, Trails

Jul. 6, 15 (Expired)

M17
ATTENTION HIKERS!

Map M17, mile 0.2


Do not try to ford the Cayuga Inlet 0.2 mile east of NY Routes 13/34/96 south of Ithaca. The devastating flood on the night of June 14 has widened and deepened the inlet. If you cross the inlet on the railroad bridge, please be alert for trains. This railroad is used regularly.
- Tom Reimers
Jun. 21, 15 (Expired)

M16

Attention Hikers!

The timber bridge at mile 1.75 on map M16 (eastern-most of the large two timber trail bridges on the FLT in Cayuta Gulf) has been totally washed away by recent severe weather activity.

However, and due to the severe weather, the creek bed has been raised at that location by 5 to 6 feet or more by several hundred cubic yards of gravel that washed down the east branch of Cayuta Creek and piled up making for a convenient and very shallow crossing of the creek at the former bridge location.

Nevertheless, please be careful while crossing this creekbed as there could be unseen hazards just beneath the piles of gravel and stone.  Futhermore, more or additional severe weather around that location may make crossing the creek hazardous and difficult.  Should that happen, use the orange-blazed Van Lone Loop Trail that connects with the FLT at mile 0.2 and mile 3.3 to detour around any hazardous condition.

Please be aware that some white-blazing on either side of this creek crossing is also missing as some trees have also washed away from the area, however the trail tread itself is clear of debris and readily apparent.

This notice will be updated as conditions warrant. - P Warrender - Trails

Jun. 15, 15 (Expired)

M16

ATTENTION HIKERS!

Because of recent storm damage, it is currently not advisable to ford Fish Kill on the Finger Lakes Trail (mile 17.1) in upper Treman State Park as the Kill has deepened considerably in that area. Also, the blue-blazed high water detour route is impassable because of severe storm damage to the bridge just east of the Old Mill, making it impossible to cross the lower section of Fish Kill.

This bridge, located 100 yards east of the Old Mill will be repaired.  However the bridge, hence the blue-blazed route, is not expected to reopen before October 1, 2015.  Once the bridge is reopened, the blue-blazed route will be re-blazed in white markers and will become the official FLT route across Fish Kill.  The old route at the Kill fording area will be abandoned and closed.

In the meantime, please follow this alternative west-east 1.8 mile detour route in order to rejoin the Finger Lakes Trail:

  • Upon arrival at Woodard Road (mile 16.8), turn right (west) and follow Woodard Rd. for ½ mile to Stone House Rd.
  • Turn left (south) onto Stone House Rd. and follow for ¾ mile to Douglas Rd.
  • Turn left (east) onto Douglas Rd. and follow for 200 feet to Van Ostrand Rd.
  • Turn left (northeast) onto Van Ostrand Rd. and follow for 1/10th mile to Butternut Creek Rd.
  • Turn left (north) onto Butternut Creek Rd. and follow for 1/3rd mile; at point where road makes a sharp right turn, walk over the stone barrier and onto 150 foot long trail that connects with the FLT on the opposite side of Fish Kill from the old bridge abutments. Turn right on the white-blazed trail to continue east on the FLT.
  • If hiking east-west, follow the above route in the opposite direction.

This notice will be updated as conditions warrant.

  - P Warrender - Trails

Jun. 15, 15 (Expired)

M17

ATTENTION HIKERS! Section Reopened!

The Abbott Loop Trail between Bald Hill Rd. (south crossing; mile 3.0) and Michigan Hollow Rd. (south crossing; mile 4.6) is now reopened due to the great effort of the volunteers of the Cayuga Trails Club.

Damage, downed trees, and flooding from recent rain storms had originally been cause for closure of this section.

For the near future, be aware that some blazing may well be missing, but will be back in place within the next 7 days. - P Warrender - Trails

Nov. 18, 14 (Expired)

General

Special Hunting Closure Advisory: DEC/Tompkins County Deer Management Focus Area (DMFA) season

The Tompkins County DMFA season runs from Saturday, January 10 through Saturday, January 31, 2015. 

Please note that the Finger Lakes Trail on Cornell Plantations Lick Brook Natural Area, located between the railroad bridge at Lick Brook (Map M17,mile .2) and the FLLT Sweedler Preserve (mile .5) is closed to hikers for hunting during this DEC/Tompkins County DMFA season.  We will try to communicate a practical reroute shortly on this notice.

As always, please respect the preferences of our local permitting landowners by staying off their land during deer and turkey season. By choosing to hike in other areas during the season, you can help us maintain and enhance good working relationships with landowners, so that we may continue to provide a wilderness hiking experience for hikers on the FLT for many years to come.

Also note that Robert H. Treman State Park (FLT Map M16), and Buttermilk Falls State Park (FLT Map M17) are designated hunting areas during the DEC/Tompkins County DMFA season (bowhunting and crossbow hunting only in these areas).  Though the Finger Lakes Trail system will remain open on these state park lands during this time period, it is highly recommended that hikers use typical hunting season care and wear hunter orange.

There are no other state lands (parks, state forests, wildlife management areas) within the DEC/Tompkins County DMFA zone.  However, there are some private lands that are typically closed during normal deer hunting season that lie within the DMFA zone; be aware that the FLT on these lands may be closed during the DEC/Tompkins County DMFA season.  Please check these trail notices for further updates as the DMFA time period approaches. - P.Warrender - Trails

Nov. 18, 14 (Expired)

M17

Hunting Closure!!  Please read:

The following hunting closure is effective as follows:

M17: The Finger Lakes Trail on Cornell Plantations Lick Brook Natural Area, located between the railroad bridge at Lick Brook (.2 mile) and the Finger Lakes Land Trust Sweedler Preserve (.5 mile) is closed to hikers during regular firearm season from Saturday, November 15 through Sunday, December 7, 2014.

At the present time, there is no practical and satisfactory trail reroute through this area as walking along NYS Route 13 is NOT recommended.  Please check back for update on trail reroute. - P. Warrender - Trail

Oct. 20, 14 (Expired)

M16

On Map M16, the trail is closed between the Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail spur (mile 14.7, 1/2 mile east of Porter Hill Rd) and Hines Rd. (mile 15.4). Please respect the landowner‘s preference and right to close the trail on his property and do not trespass.

The new route of the trail heading west to east is as follows: turn left onto the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail spur. At the end of the short spur trail, turn right onto the yellow-blazed Loop Trail and follow it to the Loop intersection within ½ mile. Turn right on the yellow-blazed approach trail and head north ½ miles to Rockwell Rd. At Rockwell Rd, turn right (east) and follow it ¾ miles to Hines Rd. At Hines Rd, turn right (south) for 1/3rd miles to the FLT trailhead and continue eastward on the white-blazed trail towards Robert H. Treman State Park. - Steve Catherman and Paul Warrender

Sep. 21, 14 (Expired)

M16

ATTENTION HIKERS:

The Finger Lakes Trail , map M16, between the Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail spur (mile 14.7; 1/2 mile east of Porter Hill Rd. on the Finger Lakes Trail) and Hines Rd. (mile 15.4) is closed. 

Please respect the landowner‘s preference and right to close the trail on his property, and do not trespass.

The new route of the Finger Lakes Trail (west to east):

  • Go left onto the on the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail spur
  • At end of spur trail (approx. 150 feet north) go right on the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail.  Follow this trail to the loop intersection (approx. ½ mile).
  • Go right on the yellow-blazed approach trail headed northward to Rockwell Rd.  (approx. ½ mile).
  • At Rockwell Rd. turn right (east) and follow to end (approx. 3/4th mile) to Hines Rd.
  • At Hines Rd., go right (north) for 1/3rd mile, to FLT trail-head and white-blazed trail on left; continue westward on FLT towards RH Treman State Park and NYS Rt. 13.
- P.Warrender, Trails
Jul. 23, 14 (Expired)

M17

Attention Hikers:

The Finger Lakes Trail creek bridge known as "Diane's Crossing" (M17, mile 10.2) located 200 yards west of Michigan Hollow Rd., and 100 yards east of the northern end of the orange-blazed Abbott Loop Trail, is set to be demolished and rebuilt between Wednesday, July 30 and Sunday, August 3 by the Finger Lakes Trail AlleyCat Trail Construction Crew.

BE AWARE that there will be periods during this time when it will not be possible to cross the creek at that location using the bridge. It is possible to ford the creek itself at that location; depth is 2 feet or greater. Otherwise, please use the following route to get around the work site (route noted is west to east):

- coming from the west, at Bald Hill Rd. (M17, mile 8.7) go right on Bald Hill Road (in approx. 1/5 mile, Bald Hill Rd. will turn into a gravel road; in another 2/3 mile the road will turn into a forest road.)

-Follow Bald Hill Rd. approximately 1.4 miles to the second orange-blazed Abbott Loop Trail crossing (the first crossing is at approx. 1.2 miles; do not take this trail if you need to cross the creek!)

-take a left onto the Abbott Loop Trail and follow to Michigan Hollow Road in 1.6 miles.

-take a left onto Michigan Hollow Rd. and walk 1.6 miles north to the FLT trailhead on right side of road, or the trailhead parking area a that location.

Thank you for your cooperation! - P. Warrender, Trails

Nov. 14, 13 (Expired)

M17

Attention Hikers:

The Finger Lakes Trail , map M17, between Durfee Hill Rd. (at mile 17.3) and Heisey Rd. (at mile 18.7) is closed by landowner request.  Please respect the landowner‘s preference and right to close the trail on his property, and do not trespass. 

ATTENTION: the currently mapped hunting closure route (west to east) from Durfee Hill Rd., to Hornbrook Rd., to Marsh Rd., to Deputron Hollow Rd., to Coddinton Rd. will remain in effect and is not affected by this trail closure.

The new route of the Finger Lakes Trail (west to east):

  • From the FLT trailhead on the south shoulder of NYS Rt. 96B, turn right.
  • Walk along NYS Rt. 96B for ½ mile southeast (CAUTION: The speed limit on NYS Rt. 96B in this area is 55 mph; please use caution when walking along this highway; stay alert and stay well off of the shoulder of the roadway and walk on the side of the highway facing traffic).
  • Turn left (northeast) onto Heisey Rd. and follow for ¾ of a mile to it’s intersection with Eastman Rd.
  • The existing Finger Lakes Trail turns left (north) off of the intersection of Heisey Rd. and Eastman Rd. and tracks eastward.

- P Warrender - Trails

Aug. 3, 13 (Expired)

General

ATTENTION HIKERS:

Beginning Thursday, August 8, the trail bridge/creek crossing at Shindagin Hollow Rd. will be closed for replacement. (Map M18, Mile 6.3, .8 mile west of Shindagin Lean-to)  The bridge will be demolished on Thursday, August 8; it is expected that the new crossing will be open by 6:00pm Sunday, August 11.  The bridge site will be closed during this timeperiod to all unauthorized persons.

There is no practical or safe creek fording location nearby while the bridge is being replaced.  However, the Shindagin Lean-to and bivouac site east of the bridge will still be open and available to the public, during which the location is accessible from South Rd. and hiking the white-blazed FLT west for .7 mile.

Therefore, please follow the described temporary by-pass routes:

  • From the west (hiking eastward) and Shindagin Hollow Rd:
    • at the FLT road crossing, turn left and walk .1 mile north to Gulf Creek Rd.
    • Follow Gulf Creek Rd. (forest road on the right) north then east 2.2 miles to it's end at South Rd.
    • Turn right on South Rd. and follow south for .5 mile. (please stay well off of the shoulder of South Rd. as traffic can be fast in this area).
    • Watch for FLT trailhead on the left to continue west on trail.
    • To the Shindagin Lean-to: On South Rd., watch for FLT trailhead on right; Lean-to is .7 mile east of South Rd.
  • From the east (hiking westward) and South Rd.
    • at the FLT road crossing, turn right onto South Rd.
    • Follow South Rd. north for .5 mile and turn left onto Gulf Creek Rd. (please stay well off of the shoulder of South Rd. as traffic can be fast in this area).
    • Follow Gulf Creek Rd. west then south 2.2 miles to its end at Shindagin Hollow Rd.
    • Turn left on Shindagin Hollow Rd.  Watch for FLT trailhead on right in .1 mile to continue west on trail.

  - P. Warrender, Trails

May. 12, 13 (Expired)

M17

The Chestnut Lean-to, located in Danby State Forest (M17) between Bald Hill Road and Michigan Hollow Road, has been rebuilt and is now open for use.

Thanks to the many volunteers and donations that made this project possible, and this lean-to open for use by the public.

Please use care when using this lean-to, and remember that everything that you bring must also leave with you.

Enjoy the efforts of so many caring and hard-working volunteers! - P. Warrender, Trails

Jan. 13, 13 (Expired)

M16

Maps M16, M17. Be aware that a special deer hunting season in Tompkins County began on January 12 and ends January 31. A few miles of the FLT System are within this special Deer Management Focus Area (e.g., within Robert Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park). There are several documents including a map available from the NYS DEC Web site (http://www.dec.ny.gov). Go to the DEC site and search for "Deer Management Focus Area." - Tom Reimers/RAH

Jan. 13, 13 (Expired)

M17

Maps M16, M17. Be aware that a special deer hunting season in Tompkins County began on January 12 and ends January 31. A few miles of the FLT System are within this special Deer Management Focus Area (e.g., within Robert Treman State Park, Buttermilk Falls State Park). There are several documents including a map available from the NYS DEC Web site (http://www.dec.ny.gov). Go to the DEC site and search for "Deer Management Focus Area." - Tom Reimers/RAH

May. 26, 12 (Expired)

M17

A significant reroute on map M17 south of Ithaca has replaced 2.5 miles of road walk with 2.6 miles of scenic trail. From west to east at mileage 4.7 the former road walk along Bruce Hill Rd., Gunderman Rd., and Comfort Rd. has been replaced by the following:  

4.7: Turn left (east) uphill on Bruce Hill Road (1340'). In 150' turn right (south) into woods passing a trail register.

 

5.1: Cross gully and enter field; follow its north side to reenter woods in 800'.

5.8: Turn right into steep gully. Ascend and follow 1340' contour.

6.8: Cross abandoned road, soon crossing another steep gully.

7.3: Reach Comfort Road (1580', shoulder parking). Turn right (south) along road.

 written by Joe Dabes, FLTC Regional Trails Coordinator

 To see the above with snippet of FLTC map showing the reroute, go to: http://www.fltconference.org/trails/hike-the-trail/trail-conditions1/trail-condition-notices/  and click on M17

- P.Warrender, Trails

May. 24, 12 (Expired)

M17

Trail Section Adopter Needed:

 

A new section of the white-blazed FLT in Danby is in need of adoption (M17).  This newly opened trail section runs roughly west and north from Comfort Rd. approximately 1.6 miles to a gully crossing.  It connects with a newly re-opened FLT trail section.   The entire section is on private land and is very scenic with deep forest views, interesting remnants of a former farm, and is very active with wildlife.

 

Adopting this section will mean that the adopter visits the trail a minimum of 3 times per year to cut back weeds, grasses, and growth where needed; cut smaller trees and saplings that have fallen across the trail with a handsaw; maintain painted blaze markings; report large (6” dia. Or larger) downed trees, any trail damage, missing signage, and other trail problems to the CTC trails chairman as soon as they are seen.  Tools needed for trail maintenance are available to borrow from the CTC.

 

Persons interested in becoming a trail adopter for this beautiful trail section should contact Paul Warrender, CTC Trails Chairman, at paul.warrender@yahoo.com. - P.Warrender, Trails

May. 24, 12 (Expired)

M17

Trail Section Adopter Needed:

 

An adopter is needed for a white-blazed section of the FLT in Danby (M17).  This newly re-opened trail section runs south and east from Bruce Hill Rd. approximately 1.1 miles to a gully crossing.  It connects with a newly opened FLT trail section.   The entire section is on private land and is very scenic with deep forest views, skirting of remote hay and corn fields, and is inhabited by a lot of deer, turkey, and grouse.  

 

Adopting this section will mean that the adopter visits the trail a minimum of 3 times per year to cut back weeds, grasses, and growth where needed; cut smaller trees and saplings that have fallen across the trail with a handsaw; maintain painted blaze markings; report large (6” dia. Or larger) downed trees, any trail damage, missing signage, and other trail problems to the CTC trails chairman as soon as they are seen.  Tools needed for trail maintenance are available to borrow from the CTC.

 

Persons interested in becoming a trail adopter for this beautiful trail section should contact Paul Warrender, CTC Trails Chairman, at paul.warrender@yahoo.com. - P.Warrender, Trails

May. 18, 12 (Expired)

M17
The orange-blazed Buttermilk Falls S. P. Spur has been rerouted to the north side of Lick Brook. From west to east simply go straight across Town Line Rd. (mileage 1.5) instead of turning right (main FLT still turns right). Follow orange blazes for 0.4 mile to rejoin the old trail. This is 0.1 mile shorter than the old trail and more scenic. There is still a fall hunting closure ahead, Oct. 13 - Dec. 22.
The rerouted trail is very scenic with views high above Lick Brook and large hemlocks and pines.
 
Since this is a reroute the map has been given a new revision date of 5/12.
- P. Warrender-Trails
May. 18, 12 (Expired)

M16

Trail Section Adopter Needed:  The orange-blazed Van Lone Hill Loop Trail is open for adoption.  This 2.5 mile trail connects on both ends with the main Finger Lakes Trail between Gulf Road near CR6 at Cayuta Creek and Todd Road in the Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area.  This former FLT main trail section was preserved to make a very popular loop hike.  The trail includes scenic forest road walk, beautiful forest trail, and a short but rugged and rocky section.  The trail is very accessible for maintenance via several forest road crossings and trailheads.  Each end is at a trailhead parking area.

Interested persons should contact Paul Warrender, CTC Trails Chairman, at paul.warrender@yahoo.com  - P. Warrender, Trails

Dec. 20, 11 (Expired)

General

All sections of the Finger Lakes Trail that are on private land are CLOSED for 24 hours on Monday, February 6, 2012. Please respect private ownership rights and refrain from using those sections of the trail on that day. - R. Hopkins

May. 1, 11 (Expired)

M16

This notice is now removed and the trail is fully passable.  Thank you.

The Finger Lakes Trail (w to e) it's intersection with the Van Lone Loop Trail at Gulf Road to it's intersection with the Van Lone Loop Trail at Todd Road is closed until further notice.  About 100 yards from the west trail junction, Cayuta Creek (no a river) has topped it's bank and is now covering the FLT for about 100 to 150 yards up to 2 feet deep.  Effective immediately, please use the orange-blazed Van Lone Loop Trail from the Barton Memorial at Gulf Road to the FLT intersection at Todd Rd. as the high-water bypass route.  We anticipate this bypass need to be very temporary until water levels recede, and any possible trail issues are repaired.  Check back for updates.  - Paul Warrender

Apr. 27, 11 (Expired)

General

Please Note:

Spring Turkey Hunting Season in New York state begins on May 1 and ends May 31 on state lands, including state parks, state forests, and Wildlife Management Areas.  Turkey hunting hours during this period is from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12:00 noon.

If hiking on state lands during this time period, please remember that hunters may be about....and wear BLAZE ORANGE! - P Warrender, Trails

Apr. 27, 11 (Expired)

General

Hunting Notice: The following sections of trail are closed for spring turkey hunting season, from May 1 to May 31 (listed from west to east):

M15: Satterly Hill Rd. south trail-head (near twin tunnels) to Satterly Hill Rd. north trail-head (Finger Lakes National Forest)Spur

M18: Blackman Hill Rd. trail-head to Route 79 trail-head.

Please respect the preferences of our local permitting landowners by staying off their land during spring turkey season. By choosing to hike in other areas during the season, you can help us maintain and enhance good working relationships with landowners, so that we may continue to provide a wilderness hiking experience for hikers on the FLT for years to come. - Paul Warrender, Trai

Feb. 7, 11 (Expired)

General

Please keep your eyes open for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid! You might be able to help save some of our wonderful Hemlock trees. See this page for more information. - Mark Whitmore

Nov. 8, 10 (Expired)

Cayuga Trail

7 members of the Cornell student group Friends of the Gorge worked on Saturday, November 6th to improve the experience of hikers on the Cayuga Trail near the suspension bridge over Fall Creek. The students built two new puncheons over a wet muddy area, dug a small drainage ditch and transported gravel to several wet areas to improve footing. The gravel is soft now, but we're hoping several rains and a few freeze/thaw cycles will help it set up to create a hardened trail tread eventually.

Special recognition goes to: Sarah Schoenberg, who led the group, Faculty Adviser Mariannne Krasny, and CTC members Roger Hopkins, Dave Schurman, and Paul Warrender. Roger and Dave helped transport and prefabricate materials and tools, and Paul helped guide the students. The majority of the work was done by the students. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Oct. 22, 10 (Expired)

M17

The Finger Lakes Trail between Bruce Hill Rd. and Comfort Rd. is closed due to withdrawal of permission by local landowners. The alternate route (hiking west to east) is a road walk along Bruce Hill Rd., Gunderman Rd., and Comfort Rd.

Please respect the preferences of our local landowners and stay off the closed section. We are attempting to find a reroute, but it will take some planning and time to build new trail. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Oct. 22, 10 (Expired)

M15

Hunting Notice: This is a new trail closure due to hunting, located near the hamlet of Bennetsburg in Schuyler County. Beginning immediately, the Finger Lakes Trail from South Hill Rd. to Texas Hollow Rd. is closed from now until December 21st.

Please respect the prefereneces of our local landowners and stay off this section during deer season. Thank you for helping us maintain good relationships with landowners. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Aug. 17, 10 (Expired)

M17

Thanks to Phil Davis for working diligently to clear the view from the Pinnacles over the course of two days, ending today. You'll now enjoy an even better view to the west and northwest thanks to his work to clear brush and drag trees, cut by a certified sawyer, out of the way. He maintains this area to provide an unobscured view for hikers. It also happens to be a fantastic spot for lunch or picnic. A fair commitment of time and a lot of sweat equity went into this project.

Thanks, Phil!

  - Gary Mallow, Trails

Jul. 17, 10 (Expired)

M17

Thanks to the FLTC Alley Cat crew that just completed the beautiful new Tamarack Lean-to in Danby State Forest. If you need shelter when on a hike, or are planning a backpack and need a stop for the night, you won't find a more solid, better built structure to hang up your pack and rest for the evening. Barring some unusual circumstance like fire or a tamarack getting blown down on it, there is no reason this shelter shouldn't match the old lean-to's endurance (45 years).

Approximately 30 volunteers were involved in everything from dismantling the old lean-to, to ordering local lumber and supplies, to cooking for the crew, chainsaw work, running the ATV, and hefting logs and lumber, among many other roles. Special recognition goes to the leaders of this project: Quinn Wright, Ken Reek, Jacqui Wensich, with a lot of help from Roger Hopkins. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Jul. 17, 10 (Expired)

M18

Thanks to members of the FLTC Alley Cat crew who broke away from the lean-to project to build 6 new puncheons in the wetland area just off Route 79 in the Town of Caroline. Although you wouldn't know it at this time of year, these puncheons will be very useful when the area floods in late winter and early spring.

If you see any of these volunteers, be sure to give them your thanks for working most of a day in hot, humid conditions: June Meyer, Emily Hughes, Georgia Vyverberg, and Joe Cobb. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Jul. 17, 10 (Expired)

M16

Thanks to 9 volunteers who came out on a hot, humid day to work on clearing brush and many dozens of multiflora roses on the FLT, from Woodard Rd. to Route 13. Hikers should have a much easier time getting through this section of Treman Park now.

If you see any of these volunteers, please give them your thanks: Phil Dankert, Roger Hopkins, Peter Marks, Paul Warrender, Barbara Nussbaum, Michael Nussbaum, Bruce Cutter, and Howard London. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Apr. 30, 10 (Expired)

M15

The Finger Lakes Trail from the ''twin tunnels'' on Satterly Hill Rd. to the Finger Lakes National Forest property line is closed for turkey hunt season, May 1 to May 30th. This is a routine seasonal trail closing requested by the local landowner in order that he may hunt his land without disturbance during turkey season. Please respect his preference, and the preferences of all our local landowners.

Hiking east to west, you may hike from the Satterly Hill Road trail-head (north trail-head) into the Finger Lakes National Forest, but must stop at the property line, which is roughly where the old vinyard ends, and hike back to Satterly Hill Road. If you're not sure where the property line is, and want to be sure not to intrude on the local landowner's hunting preferences, we recommend not hiking on this section at all until June 1st.

The alternative road walk is Satterly Hill Road. Hiking west to east, hike on Main Street in Burdett until you reach the ''twin tunnels.'' Do not turn left at landowner's driveway; instead, keep hiking on Satterly Hill Road until you reach the Finger Lakes National Forest trail-head at the top of the hill. At that point, you may choose to hike west (left turn) for a short distance, or hike east (right turn). - Gary Mallow, Trails

Apr. 30, 10 (Expired)

M18
The Finger Lakes Trail between Route 79 and Blackman Hill Rd. in the Town of Caroline is closed for turkey hunting, May 1 to May 30. This is a routine seasonal closing requested by the landowner in order that a local hunt club may hunt the property without disturbance. Please respect the preferences of this and all our local landowners and stay off this section until June.

The alternative road-walk (hiking west to east) is: Blackman Hill Road, Level Green Road, and Route 79 east. Follow Route 79 east until you pick up white blazes, and continue hiking east until you reach Robinson Hollow Rd. Turn left on Robinson Hollow Rd. and follow Robinson Hollow Road until you reach the next trail-head. - G. Mallow, Trails

Apr. 3, 10 (Expired)

M17
The Tamarack Lean-to, located in Danby State Forest between NYS Route 96B and Travor Road, has been rebuilt by a crew from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. The outhouse has been repaired. Thanks to project leaders: Quinn Wright, Ken Reek, Jacqui Wensich, Roger Hopkins, and all 20 of the volunteers who worked for 6 days to rebuild the lean-to. We are grateful to everyone who worked on this worthwhile project. - Gary Mallow, Trails
Nov. 19, 09 (Expired)

Cayuga Trail
Students and staff from Cornell Outdoor Education (COE) deserve a note of thanks after they rerouted the Cayuga Trail near a deeply eroded stream bank off Freese Road. Most of the work was done in late October, but several follow-up sessions have been held since.

The trail now includes a switchback, avoiding the eroded section entirely, and replacing it with a steep, but doable hike up the hill. The new route features 67 steps, most of them created with local, durable locust held in place with rebar. There are also a few rock steps. This represents a very nice improvement in this section of trail.

Kudos to Todd Miner of Cornell Outdoor Ed, Michael Roberts, and the thirty or more students and staff from COE who were bussed to the site throughout one work day. Todd and Mike have been back several times to finish the work. Also on the Job were: Joe Buttafuoco and Jules from Cornell Plantations. The Friends of the Gorges group led by Marianne Krasny of Cornell Natural Resources deserves praise for recent work on the Cayuga Trail, and Tom Reimers represented the club. Thanks to all for their work. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Nov. 16, 09 (Expired)

M18
On November 9th, Roger Hopkins worked on several patches of dead-fall with his chainsaw, clearing the down cedars off South Road, and the big white pine near the Shindagin Lean-to. He also cut up several logs blocking the way on the trail between Braley Hill Rd. and Shindagin Hollow Rd.

All the work was completed in Shindagin Hollow State Forest, Town of Caroline. You will have much easier hiking in this area now. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Oct. 20, 09 (Expired)

M15
Jonathan Bernstein disposed of two trees with his chainsaw that were blocking the Finger Lakes Trail in Texas Hollow State Forest. One was near the trail register not far from the Steam Mill Rd. trail-head. The other was off the Newtown Rd. trail-head. Hikers should have a clear path in these areas now. - Gary Mallow, Trails
Oct. 20, 09 (Expired)

M17

The white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail is closed from its juncture with the orange-blazed Buttermilk Spur (off Townline Rd.) to W. Jersey Hill Rd.

Road-walk alternative: hiking west to east as you come up out of the Lick Brook Preserve, turn right on Townline Rd. and continue hiking on the road until you pick up white blazes at Blakeslee Hill Rd. Continue to the intersection with Layen Road, where the trail continues on the abandoned section of old road.

This section is closed due to withdrawal of permission from a landowner. Please respect this preference and stay off this section of trail. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Sep. 30, 09 (Expired)

M15
The section of trail on private land between "Twin Tunnels" and the National Forest boundary west of the Satterly Hill Rd. crossing to the north is CLOSED DUE TO HUNTING from October 17 to December 22. The trail westbound from Satterly Hill Rd. is open, but is a "dead end" since you must stop when you get to the private land boundary. Use Satterly Hill Rd. to bypass this section during the closing. - R. Hopkins
Sep. 30, 09 (Expired)

M17
The section of the Buttermilk Spur Trail between the FLT junction and W King Rd. is CLOSED DUE TO HUNTING from October 17 to December 22. Use TownLine Rd, Sandbank Rd. and W. King Rd. to bypass this section during the closing. - R. Hopkins
Sep. 30, 09 (Expired)

M18
The section of trail between Blackman Hill Rd and Route 79 is CLOSED DUE TO HUNTING from October 1 to December 22. Use Blackman Hill Rd., Level Green Rd., and NY 79 to bypass during the closings. - R. Hopkins
Sep. 30, 09 (Expired)

M18
The section of trail on private land between the stream crossing east of White Church Rd. and the State Forest boundary is CLOSED DUE TO HUNTING from October 17 to December 22. The trail westbound from Braley Hill Rd. is open, but is a "dead end" since you must stop when you reach the private land boundary. Use road walks shown on Map M18 to bypass this section during the closing. - R. Hopkins
Sep. 23, 09 (Expired)

Cayuga Trail
Kudos to Friends of the Gorge, a new group of CTC volunteers, Cornell students, and faculty who joined together on September 19th to do some interesting trail work on the Cayuga Trail, just off the Freese Rd. trail-head. Near the trail register overlooking Fall Creek, you'll now find a rock bier held in place with locust posts to help prevent erosion, and a small foot bridge fashioned from locust with chainsaw, mattock, and axe. The group also put up a rope barrier at the top of the steepest section of cliff above the creek. And, the group filled in potholes with rock where the trail exits the woods and follows the edge of the fields.

The Friends of the Gorge is led by Marriane Krasny, faculty advisor, professor and Chair of the Natural Resources Department. Also in attendance were: Todd Miner from Cornell Outdoor Education, Michael Roberts, the crew leader, our own Tom Reimers, and 5 Cornell students.

The FOG has another work project planned for late October. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Sep. 9, 09 (Expired)

M17
Roger Hopkins rectified two problem areas with his chainsaw in late August.

The first was a series of red pines in the pine plantation that the Finger Lakes Trail traverses off Travor Rd. in Danby State Forest. A small passageway was cut to allow hikers easy access through an area that sees dead-fall nearly every year.

The second was a large shag bark hickory blocking the FLT between Townline Rd. and W. Jersey Hill Rd. The hickory, along with several other smaller trees that came down with it, was sawed up so hikers have good access again. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Sep. 9, 09 (Expired)

M16
On August 26th, a work crew organized by Chris Ollney of the Finger Lakes Land Trust built a new trail kiosk, with trail register, and extended two sections of blazed trail in the Stevenson Forest Preserve.

The white blazed main FLT was extended about a quarter mile so that hikers may enjoy a short loop that parallels the creek, then wanders through the beautiful mixed hemlock forest and past several vernal ponds.

A blue blazed spur was also created which takes hikers through mixed hardwoods to an unusual young maple stand, then to an open field with a beautiful view to the southeast.

The hikers experience in Stevenson was enhanced thanks to: Chris Ollney, Tom Reimers, Dave Schurman, Roger Hopkins, and two other land trust volunteers. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Sep. 9, 09 (Expired)

M18
On September 8th, 8 volunteers from Cayuga Trails Club removed the old, worn deck from the bridge over Boyer Creek (nearest trail-head: Old 76 Road), and replaced it with pressure treated lumber. We were able to recycle the old threaded rods, which were still in useable condition. The old bridge deck debris will be disposed of in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Nailing and bolting in the new deck was a fairly simple job, but removing the old decking proved physically taxing and we had to ``spell'' each other at regular intervals. You now have a fast, easy, and safe method to cross Boyer Creek, thanks to: President John Andersson, Roger Hopkins, Dave Schurman, Peter Marks (who put in extra time to purchase, prefab, and transport the new deck), Edith Cassel, Barb Nusbaum, and Phil Dankert. The crew put in over 40 hours of sweat equity, all told. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Aug. 31, 09 (Expired)

M15
Blue trail cleared: on August 19th, Roger Hopkins and Gary Mallow cleared several blow-downs on the blue trail in Texas Hollow State Forest. Hikers should have no problem traversing this area now. - Gary Mallow, Trails
Jun. 29, 09 (Expired)

Cayuga Trail
A large tree, measuring about 24 inches in diameter at breast height, is down on the Cayuga Trail about 1/4 mile upstream of the Suspension Bridge located near Flat Rock. The tree has fallen right in the trail tread, blocking a good 100 feet of trail.

A short detour has been flagged with yellow tape. Use it to get around the tree.

- Gary Mallow, Trails

Jun. 28, 09 (Expired)

M18
Another 84 feet of rough, primitive puncheon bridging was added in late June to existing puncheons and raised boardwalk near the new Route 79 trail-head, Town of Caroline. A total of 168 feet of puncheon and boardwalk is now in place for your enjoyment.

A trail work party also spent about 5 hours wacking weeds and pruning brush and branches on the section from Route 79 to Blackman Hill Rd. You should now be able to enjoy a much better and drier hike than in the past.

A least one family of beavers was working in the area around the Route 79 trail-head, but they have now left and the water level is down to just 4 inches at its highest point. As of July 20th, you can hike across the entire flood plain without getting wet or muddy.

Thanks to: Edith Cassel, Marcia Herrick, Peter Marks, Dave Burnett, Phil Dankert, and Roger Hopkins for putting in a long day's work to make this section of Finger Lakes Trail more enjoyable for hikers. - Gary Mallow, Trails

Jun. 16, 09 (Expired)

M17
The Buttermilk Spur between the FLT and W King Rd. is now reopened with a slight reroute. Please follow the orange blazes carefully in this area and avoid straying from the trail. Your cooperation is essential to preserving good relations with our private land hosts and their neighbors. - Gary Mallow
May. 3, 09 (Expired)

M17
TRAIL CLOSED FOR HUNTING: Please note the Finger Lakes Trail between White Church Rd. and Braley Hill Rd. in the Town of Caroline, Tompkins County, is closed during spring turkey hunting season from May 1st to May 10th. Please help us maintain a premier hiking trail by respecting the preferences of local landowners and staying off their land during hunting season. It is only through the generosity of local landowners, and the hard work of past Cayuga Trails Club members, that we have a trail. This section will reopen to hikers on May 11th. - Gary Mallow, Trails
Apr. 22, 09 (Expired)

M18
Swampy Area Warning: the wet area near the State Route 79 trail-head was flooded by high water earlier this spring, spillover from the West Branch of Owego Creek. Be prepared for about 30 feet of hiking in a wet swampy area. Hiking in from Route 79 on April 22nd, the water level gradually increased from zero (dry) to about 3 inches. The area under water was about 10 feet wide. During wet periods, use the bypass route outlined in red blocks on the new FLTC maps. This route is a road-walk along Blackman Hill Rd., Level Green Rd., and State Route 79. - Mallow, Trails Chair
Mar. 23, 09 (Expired)

M19
This is an early heads-up regarding the FLT on map M19. The Ithaca Transmission Project involves widening of the power lines that cross Rowland Ridge and eventual replacement of the lines with taller ones, which will result in eventual temporary closure of the FLT; some timber harvesting along the lines has already occurred on Cotton-Hanlon land and has caused minor disruptions to the FLT. Pink ribbons should be followed with confidence by those hiking in the area now. Future disruptions will surely follow, as NYSEG foresters cut the weed trees left standing by Cotton-Hanlon. Other landowners along the lines will also want to harvest valuable trees at some point, bringing further disruptions. Michele and I will try to stay on top of such developments with more pink ribbons. Some very muddy hiking ought to be expected along the power lines.

Even worse, a whole new power line is going to be constructed parallel to the old one (on its south side), which will likely result in the FLT's temporary closure yet again.

Since the SLT and Irvin Trail also cross the same current power lines three times, those trails will also be affected.

Anyone planning to bag map M19 this summer really ought to try to get this section done in April, before it closes for May turkey hunting. NYSEG's summer construction plans may interfere later on, and will certainly interfere at some as of yet undetermined point. - Alex Gonzalez, M19

Mar. 22, 09 (Expired)

M16
No bears, bear tracks or new scrapings found on or off trail in the watch area, namely southwest of the Van Lone trail register down to the double bridges at Cayuta Gulf. Recommend you use caution with dogs off lead on all sections of the Finger Lakes trail on Connecticut Hill, but advisory should be lifted as of Sunday, 3/22/09. - Jonathan Bernstein
Mar. 18, 09 (Expired)

M16
More than a dozen bear scrapings on the FLT on Swan Hill above the two bridges at the Cayuta Gulf noted yesterday. I noted scrapings were routinely reaching 9 ft. Locals report a pair with 5 cubs active on CR6 south of Cayutaville. Under these circumstances dogs should be leashed on the FLT for their own safety and protection of the cubs north of the two bridges and south of the Van Lone Hill register until it can be confirmed that the bears have relocated away from area traversed by the FLT. - Jon Bernstein
Dec. 25, 08 (Expired)

M18
There is a new section of rough, primitive trail at the extreme eastern end of our part of Finger Lakes Trail in the Town of Caroline, between Route 79 and Blackman Hill Road. 8 CTC members helped to open it on December 18th by clearing brush and dead-fall, and it is passable for hikers, but there are some conditions to beware of. Hiking from east to west, be prepared for 50 feet of wet trail in a flooded, brushy area in the flood plain near Route 79; a steep, 400 yard slippery sidehill about a 1/4 mile in from the Route 79 trail-head; and a 600 foot ascent over less than a half mile from there. Once you get to the top, you'll be glad you put in the effort. Maybe even before. Thanks to: Edith, Barbara, Dave B., Dave S., Roger, Tom, and Phil for helping open this section to hikers. - Mallow, Trails Chair
Sep. 6, 08 (Expired)

M15
There is a short reroute of the FLT near Texas Hollow State Forest. Hiking west to east, come down a private landowner's driveway and cross Texas Hollow Road (we used to turn sharply right on the road) and enter the woods, part of Texas Hollow State Forest. Follow new white blazes through mixed hardwood and boggy areas, approximately 0.3 miles until you emerge from the woods onto the driveway that leads to the pond. Turn left and follow older white blazes on established trail, heading towards Newtown Road. Thanks to: Roger Hopkins, Phil Danert, Dave Burnett, Jack VanDerzee and landowner Richard Griffith who all came out on September 5th to take a small section of FLT off a town road and locate it in a much friendlier environment for hikers. - Mallow, Trails Chair
Sep. 4, 08 (Expired)

M15
There are two new puncheon bridges in Texas Hollow State Forest, just east of the large pond. The new bridges span boggy areas where older puncheons had about worn out. You'll find the hiking much easier, safer and faster here due to the efforts of Chris and Melonie, leaders of a Cornell University Wilderness Reflections group, along with volunteers Roger Hopkins, Dave Schurman, John Skawski, Christopher Skawski, and Patrick Skawski. Total length of the new bridges is 80 feet. They are very solidly built and should endure at least until the next generation of hikers comes around. - Mallow, Trails Chair
Sep. 4, 08 (Expired)

M16
There is a new reroute in Robert Treman State Park, due to closure of an old road bridge suffering from infrastructure deterioration. Hiking west to east, cross Woodard Road and proceed straight ahead on the grassy service road. Note the stone monument on the left describing the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp that was located here during the Great Depression. At this point, take a sharp right turn and follow new white blazes through a brushy area along the Fish Kill Creek to a ford approximately 300 yards upstream. Ford the creek and follow new white blazes through brushy areas downstream approximately 300 yards, rejoining older section of trail. Continue eastward up the steep hill on switchbacks and onwards to Routes 13/34/96. New High Water Alternative over Fish Kill Creek: If water in Fish Kill Creek is too high to ford safely, return to the stone monument and take the blue-blazed/orange-blazed Old CCC Camp Spur Trail to the Old Mill in Upper Treman State Park. Continue to follow the blue blazes along the parking area to the South Rim Trail. Follow blue blazes past the overlook and junction with a service road on your right. Soon after you pass the service road, take a right turn off the South Rim Trail to connect with main FLT, blazed white. At this point, the blue blazes end; turn left on the FLT and continue to follow white blazes eastward to Routes 13/34/96. - Mallow, Trails Chair
Jul. 18, 08 (Expired)

M18
Four volunteers cut, blazed, and GPS-plotted a very short reroute off Shindagin Hollow Road on July 17th. This one-tenth mile section takes the trail off road for a short distance and takes hikers through a beautiful section of young hardwood forest near a brook. Although not huge, it does meet the trails conference and NCTA goals of taking trail off road wherever possible. Thanks to Phil, Tom, Roger, and Joe for their work. - Mallow, Trails Chair
Jul. 18, 08 (Expired)

Cayuga Trail
12 Cayuga Trails Club volunteers, including two interns from Cornell Natural Areas, materially improved the experience of hikers and runners on the Cayuga Trail on July 12 with the construction of forty feet of new puncheon brigde and refit and refurbishment of twenty feet of puncheon that was constructed by the club 20 years ago. The location is just over the suspension bridge across Fall Creek from Forest Home Drive. That's 60 feet of secure footing in a perennially wet spot. Thanks everybody for a good day's work. - Mallow, Trails Chair
Jul. 8, 08 (Expired)

M14
Temporary Trail Closure. At the request of the landowner, the trail will be temporarily closed between Van Zandt Hollow Rd. and the western boundary of Watkins Glen State Park, due to construction by Empire Pipeline. (This is the high pressure gas transmission line that runs from the East View Mall area in Victor to Corning.) This temporary closure is effective immediately; the owner has been told that disruption will last till the first of August. There is a six foot deep trench that can be jumped (apparently some hikers have jumped it), but other hikers have gone around by using another part of the property, which is contrary to the landowner's wishes.

Unfortunately, this means a long road walk for thru-hikers: Follow Van Zandt Hollow Rd. south, cross the bridge and turn left on Townsend Rd., then take the park access road into the park and from there, follow the FLT/NCT down into Watkins Glen. This bypass is marked on maps and has been blazed blue.

Signs will be posted at the trailheads and bypass routes within a couple of days. I am attempting to contact Empire Pipeline to ask for assistance in reopening the trail. - Lynda Rummel

Jun. 18, 08 (Expired)

M16
The bridge in Treman Park that crosses the Fish Kill Creeek nearest Butternut Creek Road has been closed by park personnel due to safety concerns. We are working with park management to find a reroute. For the present, heading eastward, you can follow the Old CCC Camp Spur Trail to the park parking lot, then to the upper gorge trail. The upper gorge trail will get you back down to the lower park area and eventually to the FLT near Route 13/34/96. Heading westward will be quite a road-walk. - Gary M. Mallow
Jun. 6, 08 (Expired)

M16
The off-road trail from Rumsey Hill Rd. to Trumbull Corners Rd. is now closed. From west to east at the intersection of Rumsey Hill Rd. and Connecticut Hill Rd., turn right (hikers used to turn left) and continue 0.6 mile until you reach the road's end at Trumbull Corners Rd. Turn left on Trumbull Corners Rd. and continue 0.5 mile to pick up the white blazes along the road. Hikers are welcome to go off the main FLT and take a side hike on the blazed trail in the Stevenson Preserve, a nature preserve owned by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Be alert to signs indicating where the preserve boundaries exist, and please respect landowner requests by not crossing onto neighboring properties. - Mallow, Trails Chair
May. 29, 08 (Expired)

M18
The Finger Lakes Trail between Blackman Hill Road and NY Route 79 has been rerouted along roads because of loss of permission from a landowner. From west to east: emerge from Potato Hill State Foest at mile 12.8, turn left (west ) onto Blackman Hill Road for 1.1 miles, turn right (northwest ) on Level Green Road for 1.9 miles, and turn right (east) on NY 79 for 0.8 mile, picking up the existing FLT near the Tompkins-Tioga County line. The reroute along these roads is very sparsely blazed with white blazes (only road intersections) as it is hoped to remove the trail from some of these roads soon. The FLTC map has been updated with a revision date of 5/08. Total distance on this map increases by 1.4 miles. About half our trail crosses private property, and the trail exists on those properties through the hard work of past club members over many years to obtain permission to cross those properties, and due to the generosity of the landowners themselves. - Mallow, Trails Chair
May. 23, 08 (Expired)

M18
Dave Schurman and Roger Hopkins spent several hours on May 23rd repairing the trail-head at Shindagin Hollow Road and they did a fantastic job. There is now a new puncheon across the drainage ditch constructed out of durable locust, the rock steps have been dug out, leveled, and placed in solid positions, and two water bars were constructed along with two check dams to direct rain water off the trail and hopefully limit erosion. This was a great project that materially improves access to the trail up a steep bank. Thanks, Roger and Dave! - Gary M. Mallow
Apr. 13, 08 (Expired)

M17
Two new picnic tables were added to campsites in Danby State Forest on April 12th: at the Chestnut Lean-to and The Pinnacles. Thanks to Dave Schurman who did several hours of prefabrication and transportation of the raw materials, and supervised the process of hiking everything into the woods and assembly of the tables. Dave had the help of an eclectic group of 11 other volunteers, some of them members and some of them new to the club. Thanks everyone for improving both campsites for hikers and backpackers. - Gary M. Mallow
Mar. 14, 08 (Expired)

M16
Thanks to Roger Hopkins and Jack VanDerzee, who cleared a fair amount of dead-fall in Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area on March 13th. The boys worked for about 2 and 1/2 hours, from Boylan Road to the radio towers. A lot of what was blocking the trail appeared to be down due to ice buildup during the recent rain/freeze cycles we've had. Thanks to Roger and Jack, you can now hike (in a fair amount of snow) or snowshoe or ski on that section pretty much unimpeded now. - Gary M. Mallow
Jan. 23, 08 (Expired)

M17
The short section of the orange blazed Buttermilk Falls Spur trail that was closed for hunting, at the request of the private landowner, is now open for hiking. Thank you for respecting the preferences of our local landowners. We depend heavily on private landowners for much of our trail and our trails are located on these parcels entirely due to their generosity. - Gary Mallow
Jan. 23, 08 (Expired)

M15
The new gravel causeway in Finger Lakes National Forest just east of Satterly Hill Road (between Satterly Hill Rd. and Logan Rd.) is in need of some repair. If you're hiking this section, be prepared for a short section of wet, mucky trail tread. Not a huge obstacle, but unpleasant. - Neal Melveney
Jan. 23, 08 (Expired)

M16
Thanks to Dave Schurman and Roger Hopkins, you may once again enjoy skiing, snowshoe action, and hiking on the Bob Cameron Loop up in Connecticut Hill without impediment. Dave and Roger spent three hours clearing down trees on January 17th, including one impressive 24 inch hemlock big enough to have been harvested for lumber. On a clear day, there is a bit of a view through the trees to the west, not available when the hardwoods have leafed out in warm weather. Thanks, guys, for making this easily available to hikers again. - Gary M. Mallow
Nov. 9, 07 (Expired)

M17
There is a new puncheon bridge on the Abbott Loop, located between Curtis Rd. and Hill Rd. in Danby State Forest. It's 40 feet long, built out of pressure treated lumber by the Cornell Outdoor Education class. That area floods during spring snow melt and rain, and this puncheon will help keep your boots from getting soggy through that area. Thanks to Mary McQuiggan and her COE class for the sweat equity they contributed to the Finger Lakes Trail and the Cayuga Trails Club. - Gary Mallow
FLT rerouted by beaver, Hammond Hill State Forest

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