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Van Lone Hill Loop Snowshoe or Hike

Saturday 01/22/2022 10:00 am

Hike rating:

Length – about 6 miles; Pace – Moderate; Terrain – Strenuous

Event/Trailhead location:

Gulf Road trail-head of the Finger Lakes Trail, in the Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, Newfield, just off of Schuyler County Road #6 near the Cayuta Lake outlet, south of Cayuta Lake. There is a small parking lot about 200 yards down Gulf Road (click for map).

Hike Leader:
David Priester


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

Hike Details:


Join David Priester for a special winter hike/snowshoe event on the Van Lone Loop, which is comprised of partly main white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail and the orange-blazed trail to complete the loop in the Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area. We will begin and end at the Gulf Road trail-head.

The primary natural features of this hike include the beautiful, narrow Cayuta Outlet, which could be running with fast water, a nice view of an unnamed creek and a small stand of old growth trees of various species, some up to 150 years old. The route begins on the orange blazed Van Lone Loop trail hiking up Connecticut Hill on woods trail and old roads to Todd Road to meet the white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail, then returning back down hill via the Finger Lakes Trail.

The Connecticut Hill Wildlife Managment Area is owned by the people of New York and managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation. At 11,645 acres, it is the largest wildlife managment area of its kind in New York State.
Bring at least a liter of water, lunch or snacks, and wear layered, warming clothing and sturdy, broken-in water resistant hiking boots and traction footwear (or snowshoes, depending on conditions.). Hiking poles are highly recommended.  Trail conditions vary wildly this time of year so the hike leader will attempt to post current conditions and recommendations on footware, traction and/or snowshoes shortly prior to the event. Be aware that there is very likely to be more snow and/or ice on this trail than in Ithaca.   
The Gulf Road trail-head is about a 40 minute drive from Ithaca. For those unsure of their navigation skills, call or email David for directions. 

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