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Abbott Loop

Friday 05/24/2024 8:00 am

Hike rating:

Length - 8.2 miles

Pace - Moderate

Terrain - Difficult

Event/Trailhead location:

Hike Leader:
Peter Houck

Contact:

Hike leader contact information will be sent in the email acknowledging that you have registered for this hike. 

Hike Details:

The Abbott Loop is one of the most popular hikes in the Ithaca, NY area, offering a moderately challenging 8.2-mile loop trail through Danby State Forest. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow, with a good mix of uphill climbs, scenic overlooks, and creek crossings.

Here’s a description of the hike:

Highlights of the Trail:

  • Thatcher’s Pinnacles: One of the highlights of the hike is Thatchers Pinnacles, a rocky outcrop with stunning views of the Inlet Valley, the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, and the hamlet of West Danby.

  • Diverse Forest: The trail winds through a beautiful and diverse forest, with a mix of hardwoods, evergreens, and ferns. You may also spot a variety of wildlife along the way, such as deer, squirrels, and birds.

  • Creek Crossings: The trail crosses several creeks and streams, which can be especially refreshing on a hot day.

Difficulty:

The Abbott Loop is rated as a moderately challenging hike, with some steep climbs and descents. The total elevation gain is about 1,500 feet. However, the trail is well-maintained and easy to follow, making it a good option for hikers of all experience levels.

Tips:

  • Be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots and bring plenty of water and snacks.
  • The trail can be muddy in some spots, so be sure to dress accordingly.
  • Ticks can be a problem in the area, so be sure to do a tick check after your hike.

Overall, the Abbott Loop is a great hike for those who are looking for a challenge with some beautiful scenery. With its variety of terrain and stunning views, it’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular hikes in the Ithaca area.

Registration is open!

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Registration Confirmation: You will receive an email if your registration was successful. (Check your spam folder if you don’t find it.)

EMAIL THE LEADER IF YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING!  Please be courteous to your volunteer hike leader and fellow hikers by notifying the leader if you will not be able to join this hike.

ALL HIKERS/TRAIL-WORKERS PARTICIPATE AT THEIR OWN RISK
Those persons enjoying the Finger Lakes Trail and/or activities sponsored by the Cayuga Trails Club, or the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, accept full personal responsibility for their own well-being, and for the well-being of a minor when acting in the capacity of parent or guardian. Further, participants understand that hiking, snowshoeing, and trail work are rigorous activities, often conducted in rugged outdoor conditions subject to variations in weather and terrain, and which may involve the risk of injury or death.  Each participant is fully responsible for their own safety and for selecting activities that are consistent with their physical capabilities.

BY CHECKING THE “ACCEPT RISK” BOX BELOW, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ THE ABOVE INFORMATION AND UNDERSTAND THAT I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MY OWN SAFETY AND AM PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY AT MY OWN RISK

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