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Aug. 18, 17

General

Please remember:  Do not stray from the trail, do not build campfires or cooking/cook-out fires along the trail, and keep your dog on-leash, when the trail is on private land. - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 17, 17

M25
Map Revision: Map M25 was updated to show two small reroutes that avoid chronically wet areas.  The trail mileage did not change.  Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/8/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 17, 17

M10
Map Revision: M10 was updated to show a new hunting closure. The closure will be from Lower Glen Rd to Burt Hill Rd from Sept. 1 to Dec 20. The 5.4 mile bypass is followed (from W to E) by walking left on Lower Glen Rd, right on Lain Rd, left on Turnpike Rd, right on Cunningham Creek Rd, left on Windfall Rd, right on Burt Hill Rd, and left onto the trail at the trailhead. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/15/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 17, 17

M9
Map Revision: Map M09 was updated to reflect a major re-route between Access 7 and Access 9.  The new route eliminates miles of road walk and hunting closures. The re-route reconnects the main FLT to the Kanakadea Park and Lean-to. Much of the new route is protected by easements. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/15/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 17, 17

CT6
Map Revision: Map CT6 was updated to incorporate the hunting closures previously announced in the Trail Conditions notice of May 15, 2017. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/6/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 17, 17

CT5
Map Revision: Map CT5 was updated to incorporate the hunting closures previously announced in the Trail Conditions notice of May 15, 2017. In addition, the Bunic Bivouac Area between Access 2 and Access 3 has been removed from the map. It is no longer usable. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 7/26/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 17, 17

M3/CT3
Map Revision: Map M3/CT3 was updated to reflect a 2-mile reroute between Stone Chimney Rd and Little Rock City Rd. In addition, this update incorporates the hunting closures previously announced in the Trail Conditions notice of May 15, 2017. Both the PDF and GPX files have been updated. The new Rev Date is 8/2/17.

The website interactive map and the store were updated on Sunday, August 20. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 12, 17

CH1

CH 1 & GET 1  UPDATED!  At the junction of the NCNST/FLT and Crystal Hills Branch/GET northern terminus, a beautiful, new timberframe lean-to, woodshed filled to the brim with dry wood, sunlit firepit/dining "patio" area, and freshly armored and painted outhouse are now ready for visitors.  The interior of the new Moss Hill Lean-to, aka the Doggie Shelter, includes a plaque dedicated by lean-to donors to the dogs who hike with them and a small bulletin board with some of their photos.  The project was completed by an Alley Cat crew working between August 8-18.   Kudos to Bill Meehan, Project Manager, Mike Ogden, Construction Manager, Jacqui Wensich, Cook/Fund Raiser, and the entire crew, including the lumber miller and neighboring landowners, for an outstanding job.    - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 12, 17

M13

M13 & GET 1  UPDATED!  At the junction of the NCNST/FLT main trail and the Crystal Hills Branch/GET northern terminus, a beautiful new, timberframe lean-to, woodshed filled to the brim with dry wood, sunlit firepit/dining "patio" area, and freshly armored and painted outhouse are now ready for visitors.  The interior of the new Moss Hill Lean-to, aka the Doggie Shelter, includes a plaque dedicated by lean-to donors to the dogs who hike with them and a small bulletin board with some of their photos.  The project was completed by an Alley Cat crew working between August 8 -18.  Kudos to Bill Meehan, Project Manager, Mike Ogden, Construction Manager,  Jacqui Wensich, Cook/Fund Raiser, and the entire crew, including the lumber miller and neighboring landowners, for an outstanding job.   - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 11, 17

M10
Hunting notice: M-10 will now be closed from Sep 1 to Dec 20 for hunting from Lower Glen Rd to Burt Hill Rd.  The 5.4 mile bypass is followed (from W to E) by walking left on Lower Glen Rd, right on Lain Rd, left on Turnpike Rd, right on Cunningham Creek Rd, left on Windfall Rd, right on Burt Hill Rd, and left onto the trail at the trailhead. - Peter Wybron

Aug. 9, 17

M25

Heading east on FLT Map M25, as you approach NY Rte 12 at milepost 4.8, you will encounter an active gravel pit which has encroached onto the trail.  Watch carefully for temporary trail blazes which take you along the edge of the pit, a small opening has been left between piles of dirt where the trail drops down to cross NY Rte 12.
- Larry Blumberg

Aug. 7, 17

M26

Notice:  M26 Trail segment from where the trail turns off Rt. 206 to the Power line area. This is private property. Hikers are guests, please stay on the trail all the way, stopping only to sign into the trail register. - Don Sutherland

Jul. 25, 17

M27

This note is consistent with the revision notice posted last month (below) and provides supporting information for those who have not obtained the new map.

A recent reroute changed where the main trail crosses Beales Pond Rd.  It now crosses Beales Pond Rd. about one-half mile east of the old parking area, (towards Rt. 8). Summer parking is available at the snow plow turnaround next to the new crossing.

The trail from the old parking area has been blazed in BLUE and is a branch trail that meets the main trail about .2 miles in. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 24, 17

M19
Map Revision: A short reroute on the Dabes Diversion track to avoid wet areas was implemented and the map was updated. The rev date was changed to 07/29/2017.  This change is also included on the new version of the Virgil Mountain Loop (VML) map.

  - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 24, 17

M18
Map Revision: Map M18 was updated to reflect the changes posted in trail notices on 06/04/2017.  The map revision date was changed to 07/29/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 24, 17

M17
Map Revision: M17 was updated on 07/29/2017 to reflect the trail notice changes posted on 06/29/2017. The map revision date was changed to 07/29/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 22, 17

L1

The trail will be closed to hiking east of the Mt. Morris Dam on Army Corps of Engineers' property between Access A and B,  for the weekend of Sept. 16, 17 & 18, 2017, due to an  Army encampment and exercise on the Corps' property.  Hikers may still walk on county and state park lands and then return; however, the Corps' property may not be well marked, so, unless we hear otherwise, hikers are advised to hike elsewhere over that weekend.  Irene Szabo, Letchworth Branch Regional Trail Coordinator. - Lynda Rummel

Jul. 22, 17

CT6
Logging
The CT6 trail is NOW closed due to logging activity from Humphries Rd. (access 6) to Vermont Street (access 5). 
 
Bypass route is left @ Humphries Rd. Right on Vermont Hill Rd. Right on Vermont Street to trail on left.

Landowner thinks this will be closed for 6 to 8 weeks. This notice will be removed when the logging is complete and the trail is open again.
- Don Bergman / Jeanne Moog
Jul. 9, 17

M16

Attention Hikers on the Bob Cameron Loop Trail (trailhead begins at mile 9.0 on map M16)

The Bob Cameron Loop Trail, a popular 2.6 mile orange-blazed FLT loop trail has a short flagged detour as a result of a very deep washed out stream bed crossing located near the southeast portion of the loop.

On either end of the short closed portion of trail brush has been piled up to divert hikers onto a roughly flagged detour taking hikers upstream a short way.  Please follow this flagged route.

The Cayuga Trails Club is in the process of working with the DEC in preparation for the formal clearing and construction of the new route, however at this time it is easy enough to follow until the trail treadway is constructed.

Please use the bypass as it is a safer and easier way to cross the stream.

  - Paul Warrender

Jul. 9, 17

M16

A new minor reroute of an existing trail is now open on map M16 (description W>E):

  • Mile 15.8: the white-blazed FLT formerly went left past a stone yard.  The footpath now continues straightsouth for approx. 75 yards
  • Shortly, the new trail route swings eastward and eventually reaches Hines Road.
  • Turn left (north) onto Hines Road for approximately 75 yards and continue onto existing white-blazed FLT on the right towards the east.
- Paul Warrender
Jul. 7, 17

M1/CT1

Allegany State Park, Access 3, 8.6 mi in, park administration has put caution flagging tape on Coon Run Bridge.  The bridge is still open but its condition is "tipsy" when walked on, so proceed with caution.  Park adminstration intends to repair or replace the bridge and should have more information available in the next few weeks.    - Don Bergman/Jeanne Moog (Lynda Rummel)

Jul. 5, 17

CT8
Map Revision: This map has been updated to reflect two reroutes due to loss of landowner permission and to incorporate the hunting closures listed in the May 15, 2017, Trail Conditions notice. Both the PDF and the GPX files have been updated.

The new Rev. Date is June 19, 2017. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 29, 17

M17

A new section of trail is now open eliminating part of a road walk on map M17, beginning at approximately mile 17.2 (on Heisey Road).  

The FLT main trail now turns right (south) off of Heisey Road at mile 17.2 (watch for yellow FLT sign on right) beginning a 0.7 mile arc through open forest, crossing Heisey Road farther east, and continuing through another stretch of woods and an open area once used as a landing for past logging activity.  The white-blazed trail then continues toward Coddington Road on the existing trail-bed.

Along this new stretch of trail there is evidence of long-past farming activities, stone walls, field furrows, and stone building foundations.  The trail is partly in Danby State Forest and partly on property recently aquired by the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

  - Paul Warrender - RTC Watkins Glen East

Jun. 26, 17

M2/CT2
Map Revision: This map has been updated to include the new Bucktooth S.F. Lean-to and to incorporate the hunting closures listed in the May 15, 2017, Trail Conditions notice.

The Rev. Date has been updated to June 14, 2017.

  - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 26, 17

M3/CT3

Attention hikers: If you plan to camp overnight near the trail between Access 5 and Access 6, please register prior to doing so by calling 716-699-2345. There is no fee for camping. Thank you. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 7, 17

M27
Map Revision:

This map has been updated to reflect a 2-mile reroute in Beales Pond State Forest. A section of the old trail is now a blue-blazed spur to seasonal parking. A bivouac in the area is now indicated on the map. Both the PDF and GPS files were updated. The new Rev Date is 5/30/17.

  - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 4, 17

M18

ATTENTION: M18 Trail Section Re-routed and now off-road!

New trail route on map M18 (directions are W>E):

  • Mile 9.5, cross Old Seventy-Six Road onto abandoned section of McGrath Road at gate.
  • Mile 10.0, leave old road, continue straight east and cross stream before entering Potato Hill State Forest.
  • Mile 11.4, Level Green Road (shoulder parking); cross road slightly diagonally right and back into woods.

HIKERS NOTE: There is NO CAMPING OR CAMP FIRES ALLOWED between Old 76 Road and Potato Hill State Forest.  Please obey the NO CAMPING signs posted along the trail in this area.

Please note that a hunting closure will exist on this trail section from October 1 to December 22.  The former road walk (Old 76 Rd., Yaple Rd., Level Green Rd.) will remain as the hunting closure reroute.

We thank the very generous private property owners for the opportunity to open this section of trail. - Paul Warrender

Jun. 2, 17

M3/CT3

Due to logging activity on and near the trail, M3/CT3 will be closed from Access 8 (Poverty Hill Rd.) to Access 9 US 219 until further notice.  The preferred bypass is to use the hunting bypass described on the back of the map: Use Lindberg Rd., US 219, and Cotter Rd. to bypass. - Marty Howden

May. 24, 17

M9
Map Revision: This map has been updated to add a new lean-to in Bully Hill SF. It is located at the old bivouac area on map M9 at mile 7.3 and was built by the NYS Assoc. of Transportation Engineers, Region 6. There is an existing outhouse on site with a reliable running stream next to the lean-to. Both the PDF and GPX files were changed and the Rev Date was changed to 5/23/2017. - FLTC Mapping

May. 19, 17

M18

A timber harvest activity will begin on private property east of White Church Road in Brooktondale, NY beginning Monday, May 22 2017 and lasting several weeks.  The specific trail affected is located on map M-18, between mile 3.0 and 3.9, effectively closing the trail between mile 3.0 and 4.6

PLEASE OBEY THIS TEMPORARY TRAIL CLOSURE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

The reroute during this temporary closure is as follows (west to east):

  • At mile 3.0/White Church Road, go left/north and follow White Church Road for approx. 3.8 miles
  • Go right/south on Bald Hill Road for 1.2 miles
  • Go left/east on Grove School Road for .3 miles
  • Go right/south on Bald Hill School Road for 2.5 miles
  • Go right/south on Braley Hill Road for 1.1 miles
  • The FLT trail head will be on your left.

This notice will update as news of trail condition is received. - Paul Warrender

May. 15, 17

CT6
Hunting notice: Hunting notice: Please observe the following hunting closures. These sections of trail are closed to hikers according to the schedule below.


Spring May 1 – May 31, Fall October 1 – December 22

Spring & Fall Allen to Matteson Corners
Spring & Fall Matteson Corners to Warner Gulf Rd.
Spring & Fall Warner Gulf to Savage
Spring & Fall Savage to Rt. 16
Fall Rt. 16 to Vermont St.
Spring & Fall Vermont St. to Humphries
Spring & Fall Humphries to Carpenter

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

CT8
Hunting notice: Please observe the following hunting closures. These sections of trail are closed to hikers according to the schedule below.

 Spring    May 1 – May 31, Fall   October 1 – December 22

Spring & Fall Getman to Warner (Warner to Mammot on road to trail entrance on Mammot)
Spring & Fall Mammot to Broadway (Rt. 20)
  Broadway (Rt. 20) to Sumner- Darien Lake State Park (Hunting allowed in the State Park)
  Sumner to Reynolds  (road walk)
Spring & Fall Reynolds to Etzold
  Etzold to Genesee  (Rt.33) (road walk)
Spring & Fall Genesee Rd. (Rt. 33) to Cohecton Rd.

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

CT7
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

Route 78 to 20A
20A to Bear Rd.
Folsomdale to Rt. 354 (Clinton St.)
Rt. 354 (Clinton St.) to Getman

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

CT5
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

Folts Rd. to Folts Rd.
Genesee Rd. at end of Erie County Forest to Allen Rd.

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

CT4
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

240 ( FLT Jct) to Kruse Hill Road
Blue Spur (Mahler Bench & Sign & Passport post)
Canada Hill Rd @ RR. to Roszyk Hill Rd.
Roszyk Hill Rd. to Felton Rd.
Felton Rd. to Riceville Rd. (Gooseneck) Also Woodchuck hunting July 4th to Labor day!

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

M3/CT3
Hunting notice: Please observe the following hunting closures. These sections of trail are closed to hikers according to the schedule below.

Spring    May 1 – May 31, Fall   October 1 – December 22, 

Spring & Fall 242  to Ellicottville Maples
  Maples Ellicottville to Poverty Hill
Fall Poverty Hill to 219
Spring & Fall 219 to Cotter
Spring & Fall Cotter to Irish Hill
Fall Irish Hill to Brennan
Fall Brennan to 240

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 15, 17

M2/CT2
Hunting notice: The following sections are closed during both the spring (May 1 - 31) and the fall hunting seasons (Oct 1 - Dec 22)

Sawmill Run Rd to West Branch Bucktooth Rd
W. Branch Bucktooth Rd to E. Branch Bucktooth Rd

  - Donna Flood/Jo Taylor

May. 11, 17

M6

This notice is to alert you to the loss of the bridge between AP 1 and 2 crossing Sixtown Creek.  This notice will be updated as conditions change and the creek level drops to where it would be safe to hike. This change will be updated this fall when a logging operation in Swift Hill begins. The logging will involve the portion of the trail that was hard hit by the microburst last year. The trail should only be affected from early fall 2017 to the early spring 2018, but that is contingent on contracts and DEC decisions. - Marty Howden

May. 6, 17

M17
Hunting notice: Map M17 has been updated to reflect a new May hunting closure. The trail from Bruce Hill Rd to Comfort Rd is closed for hunting May 1 to 31. Use Bruce Hill Rd, Gunderman Rd, and Comfort Rd to bypass.

Both the PDF and the GPX files have been updated with this change. The new revision date is 5/2/2017.

This section is also closed from October 1 through Decenber 22.  - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 25, 17

M7

The trail will be closed, until further notice, from Cheese Factory Rd to Old State Street (Access Point 3).  The section of trail that runs along Keshequa Creek was washed away by swift running flood water. The damaged area is between mile 8.5 and 8.7 on map M-7. Hikers heading east should bypass the damaged area by continuing down Cheese Factory Road, which changes its name to Main Street as it enters Dalton. Continue on to the intersection of Old State Street, then turn right and meet up with the trail again in about a mile at AP-3. - Peter Wybron

Apr. 22, 17

M21
Map Revision: Map M21 was updated today to reflect changes from last September on the east end of M20. M21 was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 15, 17

M9

NOTICE:  USE CAUTION!  From Webbs Crossing Rd. (Access 10) south to the railroad crossing, along the Pittsburg Shawmut and Northern RR, the FLT is subject to construction.  Heavy construction equipment may be encountered on the trail.  Project should be completed by July 2017.  Hikers should use caution when hiking this section!  - Peter Wybron (Lynda Rummel)

Mar. 15, 17

M6
Map Revision: A new M6 map was published today reflecting a reroute on M7. The M6 section of the trail has not changed, but from "east" end of M6 at River Rd, Main Trail hikers will now continue straight north on the FLT/Genesee Valley Greenway, rather than following River Rd northward. River Rd is now blazed yellow, since that becomes a new south end of the Letchworth Trail.

Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 3/5/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 15, 17

M7
Map Revision: A new M7 map was published today reflecting a reroute at the west end of the map. M7 immediately south of Whiskey Bridge is now a few feet to the west of River Rd, but still east of NY 19A, following the Genesee Valley Greenway up to the bridge on a much easier approach than before.

Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 3/5/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 15, 17

L2
Map Revision: A new L2 map was published today reflecting the extension of L2 southward 0.4 miles to River Rd near its junction with NY 19A. This extension makes it easier for a Main Trail hiker coming from the west to enter the Letchworth Trail. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The Rev Date was changed to 3/5/2017. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 15, 17

L1

An update to this map was published today reflecting sponsor changes on the back of the map. The trail did not change.

The map rev date (12/15) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Feb. 11, 17

M20
Map Revision: An update was published today, permanently removing the tent site symbol from the map at approximately mile 16.3. The map revision date remains at 9/27/16. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 21, 16

M6

Map M6 was updated today to show revised text at mile 0.0.  Neither the trail, nor the GPS file, nor the Revision Date was changed. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 17, 16

B1

A new map was published today to reflect the map B2 hunting closure that now shows in the SE corner of this map.  The Rev Date was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Nov. 13, 16

Passport West

The Passport trail marker and rubbing station for hike number W12 (Niagara River Walk) no longer exists due to vandalism. You can still do the hike and pencil in "W12" in your Passport when you arrive at the gazebo. - R. Hopkins

Oct. 31, 16

B2
Hunting notice: A new B2 map was published today reflecting the addition of a hunting closure at mile 2.1.  Both the PDf and GPX files were updated.  The Rev Date was changed to 10/31/2016. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 26, 16

CT7
Map Revision: The map was published today to reflect a re-route between AP 6 and AP7. The restaurant noted on the front at AP4 no longer exists and the notation was removed. Both the PDF and GPS files changed and the Rev Date was updated to 10/26/2016. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 19, 16

M6
Map Revision: The map was updated today to reflect a new hunting closure from A4 to A5, now closed from October 1 to December 22 to honor a landowner’s wishes during deer hunting season. Hiking West to East from Pond Road, continue north on Pond for 0.7 miles to Armison Road. Continue straight on Armison for 1.5 miles to Camp Road. Continue straight on Camp Road for 0.3 miles to Access 5 to rejoin the trail. Both the PDF and GPX files were updated. The new map Rev Date is 10/19/16. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 19, 16

M5
Map Revision: A notation showing the Harwood Haven private campground was added to the front and back of the map at mile 1.8.  Only the PDF file changed. The Rev Date was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 19, 16

M6
Hunting notice: The section of trail between Pond Road and Camp Rd is now closed from October 1 to December 22 to honor a landowner’s wishes during deer hunting season.  Hiking West to East from Pond Road, continue north on Pond for 0.7 miles to Armison Road.  Continue straight on Armison for 1.5 miles to Camp Road.  Continue straight on Camp Road for 0.3 miles to Access 5 to rejoin the trail.   - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 3, 16

M9

TRAIL REROUTE PENDING!  Location:  Leaving Bully Hill SF heading east toward Bishopville Rd.

As a result of a landowner-granted easement, a reroute of the main FLT to head generally north on private property adjacent to the eastern border of Bully Hill State Forest and then northeast and east to intersect the current trail is underway.  Hikers may see temporary flagging (striped red) to the north of the current trail.  The current white-blazed trail, severely eroded, remains open.  A new blue-blazed side trail has been completed and provides a permanent easement route from the main trail to Bishopville Rd., about 100 yds. south of Hopkins Rd.  When map revisions showing the rerouted white trail are published, the blue trail will also be shown.  RTC Peter Wybron

  - Peter Wybron (Lynda Rummel)

Oct. 1, 16

CT6
Hunting notice: The map has been revised to reflect the current hunting closures. Please note that the ENTIRE map is closed for hunting from Oct. 1 to Dec. 22. In addition there are these May hunting closures: Access Point 2 to Access Point 3 and Access Point 5 to Access Point 6 are closed May 1 - 31.

Both the PDF and the GPX files have been updated. The map revision date has been updated to 10/1/16. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 1, 16

M16
Map Revision: The map has been updated to reflect a new white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail between mile 14.7 (intersection of the FLT and the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail spur) eastward to Hines Rd.

Both the PDF and the GPX files have been updated. The map revision date has been updated to 10/1/16. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 29, 16

M20

Until we can construct a bridge at the Smith Brook crossing (mileage 21.3) the landowner has given permission to utilize an upstream farm vehicle crossing at the end of the hedgerow, directly to the rear of the large white utility building. After crossing head back along the hedgerow to the 21.3 mile mark before proceeding uphill along the tree line to continue on towards Baker Schoolhouse Forest. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 29, 16

M20
Map Revision: An update was published today reflecting the following changes:

New trail is open from Underwood Hill Rd to McGraw-Marathon Rd and continues to Baker School House Rd thru DEC forest. Notice that a part, but not all, of this trail is closed for hunting from Oct 1 to Dec 22. The hunting closure bypass is Stone Rd, Atkins Rd and McGraw-Marathon Rd before accessing the new trail crossing.

The trail from Baker School House State Forest to Rt 41 is closed for hunting from Oct 1 to Dec 22. The hunting closure bypass is DEC truck trail, Baker School House Rd, Rt 41, May Rd, Preston Rd and Telephone Rd.

The trail from Rt 41 east (over Mt Tego) to Telephone Rd is permanently closed.  The new route is Rt 41 and Telephone Rd.

In addition, the new Hoxie Gorge Lean-to is correctly positioned.

Both the PDf and GPX files changed.  The Rev Date was changed to 9/21/2016. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 20, 16

QCML
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today. The rev date was changed to 8/13.  The map now reflects recent changes to the main FLT and a new DEC observation tower. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 20, 16

M15
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today with minor edits to the front of the map.

The trail did not change.  The map rev date (11/15) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 20, 16

M14
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today with minor edits to the front of the map.

The trail did not change. The map rev date (8/13) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Sep. 12, 16

M16

ATTENTION HIKERS!

A new white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail route has been completed and now opened on map M16 between mile 14.7 (intersection of the FLT and the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve Loop Trail spur) eastward to mile 16.1 at Hines Rd.

The new trail travels eastbound as follows:

  • From the trail intersection at mile 14.7, continue eastward; trail breaks out of the forest in .15 mile onto private property.
  • Follow the white-blazed FLT along hedgerow (white blazes on hedgerow trees to hikers right); trail will turn left/north following intersecting hedgerow (keep trees on right).
  • Trail enters forest and makes sudden eastward/right turn into forest and follows creekbed on left.
  • Follow forest trail (white-blazed FLT); trail will eventually come out onto cropfield (trail now headed northward) with hedgerow on right.  Follow white-blazed FLT approx .5 mile to Rockwell Rd.
  • Turn eastward/right on Rockwell Rd; in .15 mile turn right/south into forest on private property.  Follow white-blazed FLT approx. .75 mile to Hines Rd. (current map mile 16.1; trail will be oriented eastward at this point).
  • Cross Hines Rd. and continue on white-blazed FLT eastward toward RH Treman State Park.

Please be careful to follow FLT white-blazes and stay on the Finger Lakes Trail. Please respect private property and use the Finger Lakes Trail accordingly.

  - Paul Warrender

Sep. 5, 16

QCML

Advisory:  The QCML trail is difficult to follow due to overgrowth, some downed trees and limbs, and faded blazes.  We expect to see some improvement fairly soon.  Parts of the loop are still quite beautiful and peaceful, so if you choose to hike this loop, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and mosquito/tick protection, and take a copy of the FLTC's QCML map (rev. 8/13 okay) with you.  Note that the "road walk" along 10th St. that connect the white (main) trail to the end of the dirt path (orange QCML) on Magee St. has been paint-blazed orange.   - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 28, 16

CT8

A free permit is required from Darien Lakes State Park to stay overnight at the shelter and to park in the lot on Rte.20 at access 3. Call in advance at (585) 547-9481. - Dave Potzler

Aug. 28, 16

CT8
Map Revision: A new map was published today, reflecting the requirement to obtain a free, pre-arranged permit, to park and/or camp in at Darien Lake State Park. The Rev Date was updated to 08/16. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 16, 16

M3/CT3
Map Revision: This map was changed to reflect a short re-route at mile 10.9 that adds 0.7 miles to the trail, and eliminates a steep climb and descent.

 

Rev. Date changed to 8/16. PDF and GPX files updated. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 15, 16

I1

Interloken Trail, Finger Lakes National Forest -- The FLTC Office received the following notice today: 

"HECTOR, NY.  (August 15, 2016)  Officials from the US Forest Service are overseeing the reconstruction of several sections of the Backbone and Interloken Trails along with a water control structure at Foster Pond....  The work on Backbone Trail and Foster Pond is being done to improve degraded drainage structures in the ecologically important Sawmill Creek Watershed and will have benefits to trail and day recreation users.  Interloken Trail work will improve trail tread along high uses areas of the trail.  Work is beginning today and may run through the month of September.  

"The Backbone and Interloken Trails will remain open during reconstruction activities.  Trail users are urged to use caution when hiking or riding near equipment and to wait for equipment operators to signal them through.  Portions of the Foster Pond dike are anticipated to be closed for short periods.  Alternate routes exist around the pond dike itself.  For more information, the public is encouraged to contact the Hector Ranger District:  607-546-4470."

  - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 14, 16

M6

UPDATE!  This information replaces the earlier report (shown below): Trail segment heading east along Sickles Rd. between AP 2 (Higgins Creek Rd.) and AP 3 (Merwin Rd.) to area close to the camping site has been inspected by the Regional Trail Coordinator who reports that he found the trail to be actually hikeable with only minor difficulty (having to go around a couple of trees) but in need of a few blazes (he added pink flagging tape) and more clearing, which will be done in the future. 

The above replaces the following report posted earlier:

Trail segment heading east along Sickles Rd. between AP 2 (Higgins Creek Rd.) and AP 3 (Merwin Rd.) to area close to the camping site  is reported to be nearly impassible due to debris downed by a high wind event.  The Regional Trail Coordinator will be assessing the situation as soon as possible -- stay tuned. - Lynda Rummel & Marty Howden

Aug. 10, 16

M8
Map Revision: A new version was published today. The Rev Date was changed to 08/16.  At mile 12.3, the main trail is now what was formerly the blue blazed high water bypass.  The former"gully route" is no longer blazed. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 4, 16

B3
Map Revision: A new revision dated 07/16 was released to correct a mistake in the previous revision. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 4, 16

M20
Map Revision: A road walk was shortened by 0.6 miles.  The Rev Date was changed to 07/16. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 4, 16

M19
Map Revision:

4 small re-routes were incorporated to avoid wet areas.  The Rev Date was changed to 07/16. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 16, 16

M13

Public Travel is Permitted!  Somewhat intimidating signs prohibiting public travel up Corbett Hollow on Corbett Hollow Rd. are still in place.  Despite the presence of Yosemite Sam and his posse of signs, the public IS permitted to drive through to the circle turnaround in Goundry Hill State Forest at the upper end of the hollow.  However, when traveling through the area between the nasty signs and Goundry Hill SF, stay on the road and do not park on the shoulder.  Once inside the yellow-painted and signed boundaries of Goundry Hill SF, you may park your car at the side of the road (just leave room for a vehicle to get past) and camp as usual, as long as the site is away from water (stream or run-off creek) and not on the FLT.   The obnoxious private signs are still up because they are posted on private land.  There is a public ROW over the road, established in the landowners' deeds and re-established by court action taken by the State.  Should you encounter any difficulties, please contact me at ljrassoc@roadrunner.com. - Lynda Rummel

Jul. 14, 16

M21

The section between Taylor Valley Rd. and Cheningo Solon Pond Rd. is still disrupted by logging.  The Regional Trail Coordinator has found the trail to be "clear and usable, with no unusual hazards or obstacles present."  Heavy machinery has created deep ruts and uneven tread, however.  At Secord Hill Rd., a sign states that hiking during the logging is not recommended, so do be alert and exercise extra caution if you choose to hike this stretch of trail at this time.  The VP-Trail Maint. is in the process of discussing the situation with the regional forester. - Lynda Rummel, Tony Rodriguez, Paul Warrander

Jul. 12, 16

M13

The register box between Sugar Hill Rd. and CR 22 is down and the register has been removed.  A new, replacement register will be added just as soon as we've gotten a new register box. - Lynda Rummel and Bill Meehan

Jul. 12, 16

M30

When heading east to west from the Roscoe area on M30 towards the Downsville area on M29, in the Delaware Wild Forest, take care not to miss the sharp right turn from the orange DEC snowmobile trail onto the white blazed FLT.  The turn occurs at the bottom of a long southerly dip in the route.  If you miss the turn and continue to head west instead of heading north/northwesterly, you may wind up going from state land to private land and onto Park Hill Rd., where you will be trespassing.  Note_1:  Park Hill Rd. is not shown on M29 or M30.  To see the trail relative to Park Hill Rd., please go to the FLTC's interactive map via www.fingerlakestrail.org and search for Park Hill Rd., Downsville, NY.  Note_2:  When going west to east from the Downsville area M29 to the Roscoe area M30, the sharp left hand turn from the white FLT to the orange DEC snowmobile trail is apparently better marked. - Lynda Rummel, Larry Blumberg, Mike Schlicht

Jul. 12, 16

M29

When heading east to west from the Roscoe area on M30 towards the Downsville area M29 on the FLT in Delaware Wild Forest, take care not to miss the sharp right turn from the orange DEC snowmobile trail to the white blazed FLT.  The turn occurs at the bottom of a long southerly dip in the route.  If you miss this turn and continue to head west instead of north/northwesterly, you may wind up going from state land to private land and onto Park Hill Rd., where you will be trespassing.  Note_1:  Park Hill Rd. is not shown on M29.  To see the trail relative to Park Hill Rd., please go to the FLTC's interactive map via www.fingerlakestrail and search for Park Hill Rd., Downsville, NY.   Note_2:  When going west to east from the Downsville area M29 towards the Roscoe area M30, the sharp left turn from the white FLT to the orange DEC snowmobile trail is apparently better marked. - Lynda Rummel, Larry Blumberg, Mike Schlicht

Jun. 27, 16

M6

7/2/2016  TRAIL SECTION REOPENED!  M6 from Access 1 to Higgins Creek Rd. has been cleared and reopened for hiking.  A small amount of work remains to be done, but this should not affect the hiking experience or safety. Happy Hiking!

This announcement replaces the following, which was posted on 6/27/16:  A tornado or microburst has left many downed trees and limbs on the newly relocated trail in Swift Hill State Forest (see notice dated August 15, 2015).  Trail workers will begin clearing the trail as soon as possible, but for now, please use the blue-blazed highwater bypass route that follows Hancock and Ballard Rds.   From the west, at Access 1, turn right on Hancock Rd., then left on Ballard Rd. and near end, jog left to Sickles Rd.  A notice will be posted when the trail has been cleared.

  - Lynda Rummel & Marty Howden

Jun. 4, 16

M3/CT3
Map Revision: This map was changed to reflect the elimination of a long road walk between Access 1 and Access 2. There is also a small reroute at Access 7 where the trail now turns left rather than right at CR 13. The map now notes that there is no parking at Access 9 (US Rte. 219). Another change to the back of the map gives credit to the work of the recent Alley Cat crew between Access 11 and Access 12.

Rev. Date changed to 6/16. PDF and GPX files updated. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 4, 16

M2/CT2
Map Revision: This map was changed to reflect a reroute between 4th St and Woodworth Hollow Rd (Access 5 to Access 6). From 4th St the trail now passes east through Elkdale State Forest and then heads south 1.9 miles on the Pat McGee Rail Trail. The map also reflects the elimination of a long road walk at the beginning of M3.

Rev. Date changed to 6/16. PDF and GPX files updated. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 1, 16

M21

ACTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECT ALONG THE TRAIL BETWEEN MP 0.7 AND MP 3.0. USE OF THIS TRAIL SECTION IS NOT RECOMMENDED UNTIL THE HARVEST IS COMPLETE. If you choose to use this section of trail, please proceed with caution! 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. Cortland Two Road may be used as an alternte route. For additional information, please contact Senior Forester Henry Dedrick Jr. at the DEC Division of Lands and Forests Office in Cortland, NY at 607-753-3095 ext. 218 or by email at henry.dedrick@dec.ny.gov . - Steve Catherman

May. 28, 16

M26
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today reflecting wording changes on the back of the map. The trail did not change.

The map rev date (2/14) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

May. 28, 16

B3
Map Revision: A new version of this map was published today that incorporates spelling changes.  The trail route did not change.  The map Rev Date was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

May. 28, 16

B1
Map Revision: This map was updated today to reflect a reroute on the beginning of B2 and elimination of B2 hunting bypasses, that show on this map. Spelling corrections and sponsor changes were incorporated. The map Rev Date was changed to 05/16. - FLTC Mapping

May. 28, 16

CT6
Map Revision: This map was updated today to reflect trail reroutes between A2 and A4.  The map Rev Date was changed to 05/16. - FLTC Mapping

May. 17, 16

M4
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today reflecting a reroute that eliminates the Rogers Road road walk at approximately map mile 9.2.  This change also eliminates access point A3 and shortens the trail on this map by 0.6 miles.  The map rev date is now 05/16. - FLTC Mapping

May. 6, 16

M23
Map Revision: A new revision dated 05/16 of M23 was published today.  This update includes a recent trail reroute beginning at mile 5.3. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 29, 16

O2
Active Hunting Alert
On FLT Map O2, between Deruyter Road (CR 12) on the east and Highland Park  (CR 188) on the west.  This private property adjoins Onondaga County's Highland Forest on the park's eastern boundary. The FLTC has been advised there is active hunting between Deruyter Road and the eastern park boundary.  Trail users should proceed with extreme caution, stay on the marked trail, wear highly visible clothing,   keep dogs on a leash and keep conversation to a minimum during hunting season (May 1-31 one-half hour before sunrise until noon) and big game season in the fall (See NYS DEC website for specific dates).  Please put safety first with this active hunting alert.

  - Pat Monahan

Apr. 11, 16

M28

On Map 28, the section near the Rock Rift Fire tower.  Logging operation in progress.  The trail on the east side of the tower for about 300 yards is rutted and muddy.  Trail markers are all intact however. Operation should be completed, regraded and seeded by 5/1. - Rick Roberts

Mar. 30, 16

M20
Landowner Issue The trail exiting NY 41 heading west is temporarily closed due to a landowner issue. Use Baker Schoolhouse Road and NY 41 to detour around this closure. - Steve Catherman/Tony Rodriguez

Mar. 1, 16

CT9

CT-9 Bridge out in Akron Falls Park

The Conservation Trail between Parkview Drive and Brooklyn St. in the village of Akron is temporarily closed because the bridge is being replaced. Westbound, exit the trail at Parkview Dr.,turn North to Main St.,West on Main to Buell St., South to Jackson St. for .7 mile. Eastbound trekkers,simply reverse above directions. - Dave Potzler

Jan. 19, 16

M12
Map Revision: M12 has been updated to include the new blue-blazed, 1.9 mile Triad Trail, intersecting the main FLT at mile point 14.0. The Triad Trail turns left (N) on Winding Stair Rd for 0.4 miles before leaving the road to the right (E) and following an abandoned road down into a gully and up the other side, then entering woods and descending through multiple switchbacks to NY 54 and Champlin Beach on Keuka Lake.

The map revision date was changed to 01/16. - FLTC Mapping

Jan. 13, 16

M20

During times of seasonal high water or ice in Trout Brook just west of NY 41 at milepoint 25.8 heading west to east, use NYS DEC Cortland #12 truck trail in Baker Schoolhouse State Forest to Baker Schoolhouse Road to NY 41 to bypass the creek. - Steve Catherman/Tony Rodriguez

Dec. 28, 15

M20
Trespass Problem The section of trail between NY 41 and Telephone Road is currently closed due to trespassing issues not involving FLT hikers. Bypass this closure using NY 41 and Telephone Road. - Steve Catherman/Bill Coffin

Dec. 21, 15

L1

An update to map L1 was published today, incorporating a short re-route in the trail at approximately mile 3.2, which added 0.1 miles to the trail.  The map rev date was changed to 12/15. - Irene Szabo

Dec. 4, 15

M12

M12 has been updated to include the new Bob Muller Lean-to constructed at Irene’s Bivouac Site (mile 17.9) and to revise a couple of parking and no-parking locations between miles 10.2 and 10.4.  

The revision date (10/11) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Dec. 4, 15

M16
Map Revision: The map has been updated to reflect the following changes:

  • At mile 14.4 the FLTC Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve blue-blazed connector trail leads to the new Locust Lean-to, then beyond to re-connect with the FLT on the yellow-blazed Forest Preserve Loop Trail.
  • From mile 14.7 to Hines Road, the white-blazed trail is no longer and is closed. A reroute between these points will be constructed in spring 2016.  Currently, the FLT uses the yellow-blazed Bock-Harvey Forest Preserve trail system out to the Rockwell Rd. parking lot. (The Forest Preserve was a gift to the FLTC from the Robert & Beatie Bock family.) From the Rockwell Rd parking lot, the trail (unblazed) follows Rockwell Rd east, then Hines Rd. south to rejoin the Finger Lakes Trail.
  • In Robert H Treman State Park, the main FLT is now fully rerouted onto the formerly blue-blazed high-water bypass route.

New M16 revision date: 11/15. - FLTC Mapping

Dec. 4, 15

M15
Map Revision: The map has been revised to reflect a link constructed in 2014 between the northern Burnt Hill Rd. trailhead and the intersection of the main trail with the Interloken Trail just north of the Dunham Shelter. The formerly white-blazed trail between the intersection with the Interloken Trail and the northern Burnt Hill Rd. trailhead is now orange-blazed and has become part of the Interloken Trail.

New map revision date: 11/15. - FLTC Mapping

Dec. 4, 15

I1
Map Revision: The southern terminus of the Interloken Trail is now on Burnt Hill Road about a half mile north of its intersection with Wyckoff Rd., shortening the length of the Interloken Trail by 0.8 miles.

New map revision date: 11/15. - FLTC Mapping

Dec. 1, 15

M5

ATTENTION HIKERS! During hunting season between Access 1 on Kingsbury Hill Road and Bush Hill State Forest, you may encounter authorized hunters, many of whom may be landowners, on the trail. Wear high visibility clothing, do not stray from the trail, keep dogs on a leash, and keep conversation and noise to a minimum.  - Steve Catherman/Marty Howden

Nov. 12, 15

M16

New Trail Route in RH Treman State Park!

The white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail between Map M16 mile 17.0 and mile 17.8 is closed. 

The new white-blazed Finger Lakes Trail route from mile 17.0 now follows the formerly blue-blazed high water route, as noted on the most recent edition of Map M16 (6/10).

The new route:

  • Mile 17.0: Main trail turns left just after the CCC camp memorial plaque.
  • Mile 17.4: Trail reaches the historic Old Mill on the right.  Turn right and follow the sidewalk past the historic Old Mill and continue onto the stone foot bridge.
  • Mile 17.5: Main white-blazed FLT continues straight across from the other end of the foot bridge.
  • Mile 17.7 (formerly mile 17.8): watch for trail junction blazes marking the main trail's turn east through the state park toward NYS St. 13/34/96.

 

  - Steve Catherman/Paul Warrender

Nov. 9, 15

M17
Hunting notice: The trail is closed for the duration of Big Game Hunting Season from Oct. 1 to Dec. 22 between Bruce Hill Road and Comfort Road. Use Bruce Hill Rd, Gunderman Rd and Comfort Rd to bypass the closure. - Steve Catherman/Paul Warrender

Oct. 28, 15

M27

A description was changed on the back of M27 to clarify the view at 3.4 miles, saying:

Bench and view across field to west (2000’). Located in hedgerow next to the field, about 200 yards south from the northeast corner of the field.

  - Don Sutherland

Oct. 26, 15

B1

A new map with Rev Date 9/2015 was published today reflecting the addition of the Grimes Glen Loop trail in Naples. - Donna Noteware

Oct. 20, 15

M13

An update to this map was published today with minor edits to the front and back of the map.

The map rev date (9/14) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 20, 15

M20
Map Revision:

An update to this map was published today reflecting a re-route through Baker Schoolhouse State Forest. This re-route eliminates most of a long road walk on Baker Schoolhouse Road and NY 41.

The map rev date was updated to 9/15. - FLTC Mapping

Oct. 19, 15

M14
Hunting notice: 2012-09-29 Updated Expanded Dates: Trail is closed Oct. 1 - Jan. 1, from just east of Van Zandt Hollow Rd. east to the western boundary of Watkins Glen State Park (mileages 6.7 to 7.3); use blue blazed bypass on Van Zandt Hollow Rd., Townsend Rd., and a park service road. 2013-06-25:  HIGH WATER BYPASS follows this same route.  Check water level at Ebenezer's Crossing off Templar Rd. before heading east across Townsend Creek (Julie's Crossing) to Watkins Glen State Park. - Lynda Rummel and Greg Farnham

Sep. 5, 15

M14

A new privy has been added to the Parks Hollow Lean-to, located east of Maple Lane and north of Sugar Hill Rd., in Sugar Hill State Forest, and the older of the two lean-to's at that site has been demolished.  Enjoy!

The Van Zandt Lean-to, located near Van Zandt Creek/northern branch of Glen Creek, north of old Sickler Rd., east of CR 21, in Sugar Hill State Forest, is reported to be in disrepair and the outhouse is said to be unusable.  The FLT has not gone to this site in over 10 years.  As shown on map M 14, the site is accessible by following the Seneca snowmobile/horse trail -- or by bushwhacking.  - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 27, 15

M14

UPDATE:  M14, Access 1, Sugar Hill State Forest, between Maple Lane and CR 21 -- east of Maple Lane, west of the Mohawk Trail, southwest of Sugar Hill Fire Tower.  LOGGING HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND THE TRAIL HAS BEEN CLEARED.  This is way ahead of schedule, so our thanks to the loggers and the NYS DEC.  Should you encounter any problems related to the logging, please contact Lynda Rummel at ljrassoc@roadrunner.com.

This update replaces the following notice, posted 11/10/14, that began as follows:  

"...LOGGING ("thinning") of red pine and Japanese larch in the area has commenced, affecting both the FLT footpath and the Mohawk multi-use horse trail.  The expected completion date is June, 2016.  DEC signs say that "use of the trail is Not Recommended until Harvest is Complete"; however, Foresters Gretchen Cicora and Tad Norton have assured me that the intent is for the FLT to remain open." Lynda Rummel, RTC, Bath-Watkins Glen - Lynda Rummel

Aug. 24, 15

M21

The section of trail between Randall Hill Road and Potter Hill-Cemetery Road in Cuyler Hill State Forest on Map M21 is being actively managed by NYSDEC. Use of this trail is not recommended until the harvest is complete. However, if you choose to use this trail, be aware that it is quite muddy and messy in places and proceed with caution! - Steve Catherman/Tony Rodriguez

Aug. 15, 15

M5

The text at Access 6 on the back of the map was also updated to reflect a re-route on M6. The trail now goes LEFT on Handcock Road. Turn right on Handcock Rd. to take the blue-blazed high water bypass if high water is expected in Sixtown Creek ahead on M6.

The new Rev Date is 8/15. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 15, 15

M6
Map Revision and Hunting Closure: M6 was updated to reflect a re-route off Handcock and Ballard Roads. The new route enters Swift Hill State Forest about 100 yards north of Access 1 on Handcock Road, then descends to an old RR bed and a crossing of Sixtown Creek before reaching Access 2 on Higgins Creek Road. The new route rejoins the old trail at Stickles Road. The previous route along Handcock and Ballard Roads has been blazed in blue as a high water bypass for Sixtown Creek. The revised map also shows a new fall hunting closure (Oct. 1 to Dec. 22) between NY 19 and Rice Rd.

The new Rev Date is 8/15. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 15, 15

CH3

CH3 has reissued to correct the inadvertent removal of Pennsylvania’s roads and Mid State Trail in the 4/15 version. The Rev Date is still 4/15. - FLTC Mapping

Aug. 5, 15

M10

8/14/15 UPDATE: The trail has been rerouted around the collapsing barn and can now be safely navigated. Do not venture off the trail near the barn or its debris. Just east of Access 3 off Beltz Road, there is a bridge and several culverts that have been severely eroded by spring/summer storms. Additionally, the old barn near milepoint 3.2 that has been standing for many years is now 2/3 collapsed, laying across the trail with tin and nails exposed, and with some tin and large beams still standing and ready to collapse. There are also several trees down near the barn that make it very difficult to get around. It is advisable to avoid this section of trail until the barn can be removed or the trail rerouted around it. If you are still planning to hike this section, please exercise extreme caution in hiking around the bridge and barn on this section of trail.  - Steve Catherman/Frank Jones

Jul. 28, 15

M6
Hunting notice: The section of trail between SR 19 and Rice Road at Access 4 is now closed from Oct. 1 to Dec. 22 to honor a landowner's wishes during deer hunting season. Hiking west to east from SR 19, continue north on SR 19 for 1.5 miles to Rice Road. Turn right (east) on Rice Road and proceed 0.3 miles to Access 4 to rejoin the trail. - Steve Catherman/Marty Howden

Jul. 27, 15

M6

1/25/16 UPDATE: The snowmobile bridge over Sixtown Creek just west of Higgins Rd has been replaced, but it is a moveable bridge. Be aware that it may likely be removed during high water events.The creek can be easily crossed during low water conditions, but should be avoided during periods of high water by utilizing the following high water route: heading west to east from Access 1, hike south on Handcock Rd 0.6 miles to Ballard Rd; turn left (east) on Ballard Rd for about 2 miles to Creek Rd; turn left on Creek Rd for 0.1 miles to Stickles Rd and turn right to rejoin the trail. - Steve Catherman/Marty Howden

Jul. 27, 15

M5

For clarification purposes, there is no good parking at Access 5 at the intersection of Fairview Rd and Williams Rd, however there is some available shoulder parking further east on Williams Rd. - Steve Catherman

Jul. 26, 15

M19

Spanish Loop Trail Re-route. An update to this map was published to reflect a major re-route on the Spanish Loop Trail (SpL) that shows on M19.  The main trail on M19 trail did not change. Spl, InL, and SwL have also been revised to reflect this change.

The map rev date was updated to 7/15. - FLTC Mapping

Jul. 15, 15

CH1

A new map with Rev Date 09/15 was published on 10/26 reflecting the new section of trail open on CH1!

Hiking north to south from milepoint 13.0 out of West Hill State Forest, follow the orange blazes across the gas line directly across West Hill Road to a private lane and walk around the perimeter of an electric fence. Continue to follow the orange blazes along a beautiful creek. Walk across a small field to Bennett Road (now abandoned) and back on to the marked trail on the map. 

The original orange blazed route for this section on West Hill Road and Bennett Road is now blazed blue as a high water route around the creek. - Steve Catherman/Pat Monahan

Jul. 7, 15

M17
Flooding Do not try to ford the Cayuga Inlet 0.2 miles 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 decide to cross the inlet on the railroad bridge, understand that it is illegal trespassing and be alert for trains as the railroad is used regularly.  - Steve Catherman/Tom Reimers

Jun. 30, 15

Passport Central

Hike #10 Upper Robert Treman State Park June 27, 2015

This Passport Hike no longer exists. Due to severe thunderstorms, trails are closed (impassable) and Passport station is destroyed.

Passport station recovered from Enfield Creek by Treman Park staff following severe thunderstorms. It was buried in a logjam 1/2 mile from its original location. - Roger FLTC

Jun. 22, 15

M16

Attention Hikers!

The timber bridge at mile 1.75 on map M16 (eastern-most of the two large 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. - Steve Catherman/Paul Warrender

Jun. 21, 15

M11

An update to this map was published today with minor edits to the front and back of the map. On the front of the map the hunting closure dates at Access 6 were changed to read: "Nov 15 - Dec 22" to match the description on the back of the map. Several minor edits were made to the back of the map including trail sponsor changes.

The map rev date (9/12) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 21, 15

M8

An update to this map was published today reflecting minor edits on the back of the map. The M8 trail did not change.

The map rev date (12/12) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 21, 15

M7

An update to this map was published today to correct wording at mile 8.3 on the back of the map. It now reads “ …turn left onto Old State Road, County Route 24A".

The map rev date (4/15) was not changed. - FLTC Mapping

Jun. 8, 15

M28

On Map M28 at milepoint 20.9 and 21.1 just west of Beers Brook Rd, the NYC DEP has installed new gates on the old RR bed.  These gates will be closed when the DEP Firing Range is operational. Heading west to east, if the gate is closed, use the blue blazed detour trail to NYS Rte 10 and Beers Brook Rd back to the main trail. - Steve Catherman/Rick Roberts

May. 8, 15

Passport Central

Hike #2 Letchworth Falls - May 8, 2015

Letchworth State Park has closed off the south end of our trail within park property because preparations for the upcoming new railroad bridge have destabilized the hill above the trail.  So the rubbing post for hike 2 in Letchworth State Park in the Central booklet is beyond the closure point.  We can still walk to the viewpoint opposite the Middle Falls, but that's all, so only half of that hike can be done for the next couple of years. - Roger FLTC

Apr. 28, 15

M6

The hunting closure previously reported here (below) has been eliminated by moving the trail slightly off the closed land onto an adjacent property.  We have received permissions from landowners that already have the trail on their property to move the trail enough to get it off the closed area.  The new trail has been blazed and the closed signs have been removed. The map will be updated as soon as possible.

The trail will be closed for hunting during spring turkey season, May 1 - May 31 on M6 from N.Y. Rt. 19 to AP 4 on Rice Road. The temporary re route from west to east will be: follow Rt. 19 north for 1.5 miles and turn right on Rice Rd. proceeding east for .3 mile and follow trail from AP 4 east. - Marty Howden

Apr. 23, 15

M5
Map Revision: An update to this map was just published to remove a temporary by-pass near Peet Hill Road because he trail in Bush Hill State Forest that was affected by the micro burst a few years ago was moved back to its original path in 2013. The previous Trail Conditions notice incorporated into this map revision has been deleted, In addition, this update corrects the text on the back of the map at Access 6.

The map revision date was updated to 4/15.

  - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 2, 15

M20

An update to this map was published today to reflect the major re-route described below (Nov. 12, 2014) by Steve Catherman and Mike Tenkate.

The map rev date was updated to 4/15. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 2, 15

M19

An update to this map was published today to reflect a major re-route on M20 that shows on M19.  The M19 trail did not change.

The map rev date was updated to 4/15. - FLTC Mapping

Apr. 2, 15

M7

An update to this map was published today reflecting changes on the back of the map regarding the connection at 0.4 miles with the Letchworth Branch. The M07 trail did not change.

The map rev date was updated to 4/15. - FLTC Mapping

Mar. 30, 15

L2

An update to this map was published today to reflect that the Letchworth State Park has closed the trail from Access Point K through Access Point L at the south end of the park due to potentially dangerous conditions from work that has begun for replacing the railroad bridge.  Please obey barricades and signage at both ends of this closure.

The map rev date was updated to 4/15.

  - FLTC Mapping

Feb. 23, 15

CH1
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today reflecting a new route added to remove a large portion of the road walk. The new map rev date is 2/15 - Jo Taylor

Feb. 23, 15

M22
Map Revision: An update to this map was published today to remove the hunting closure between miles 10.7 and 11.0. The new map rev date is 2/15.

  - Jo Taylor

Feb. 23, 15

O1

An update to this map was published today to add a label identifying Onondaga County Forest on the map front.

The map rev date (9/13) was not changed. - Jo Taylor

Feb. 23, 15

M19

This update to this map was published today to add a Purvis Rd. label to the front of the map. The trail has not changed.

The map rev date (9/14) was not changed.

  - Jo Taylor

Feb. 23, 15

M13

An update to this map was published today to correct mile point 22.2 to be 23.0 on the back. There is no change to the trail.

The map rev date (9/14) was not changed. - Jo Taylor

Feb. 23, 15

M12

An update to this map was published today to correct wording at mile 5.2 regarding a bridge over a deep ravine. There is no bridge over the ravine.

The map rev date (10/11) was not changed. - Jo Taylor

Jan. 7, 15

M9
At Access 1 on Slader Creek Road heading west to east, the trail is open but the landowner requests that the gates to his pastures be left as you found them, either open or closed. - Steve Catherman
Nov. 23, 14

B1
Hunting notice: An update to this map was published today reflecting incorporation of an additional hunting closure.

The new map rev date is 11/14. - Greg Farnham

Nov. 23, 14

M13

An update to this map was published today reflecting wording changes on the back of the map. The trail did not change.

The map rev date (9/14) was not changed. - Greg Farnham

Nov. 23, 14

L2

An update to this map was published today reflecting sponsor changes on the back of the map. The trail did not change.

The map rev date (5/13) was not changed.

  - Greg Farnham

Nov. 23, 14

M6

An update to this map was published today reflecting a reroute near Sixtown Creek between access points A2 and A3.

The new map rev date is 11/14.

  - Greg Farnham

Nov. 23, 14

M3/CT3

UPDATE 7/21/15: The original trail between Access 1 & 2 has been restored! From Access 1, hike east on Stone Chimney Rd past the golf course, continue past the drivable portion of the road through Elkdale Rod and Gun Club property (marked only with flagging tape per landowner wishes) to Salamanca Rd in Rock City SF. Turn left (north) on Salamanca Rd to Little Rock City Rd and Access 2. Revised map to follow.

An update to this map was published today reflecting incorporation of new routes in Little Rock City (between A2 and A3), McCarty Hill State Forest (between A3 and A4), and permanent landowner closure of the trail between A1 and A2.  A temporary road walk has been drafted while the RTC applies for permission to re-route this section onto state land.

The new map rev date is 11/14. - Greg Farnham/Steve Catherman

Nov. 12, 14

M20

On Map M20, the trail has been rerouted between West River Road and Hoxie Gorge, on SUNY Cortland property. To follow the new trail from west to east, at West River Road, turn right and follow it south about 4 miles to Route SR 392. Turn left onto SR 392 for 1/2 mile over the Tioughnioga River to Route 11. Turn right on SR 11, staying on the wide shoulder behind the guide rail for 1/2 mile (note the family of bald eagles nesting in the area just downhill from here), to Steve Russell Road. Turn left on this single lane dirt road and follow it uphill under I81 (bear left after passing under I81) for about 1 mile, to the trailhead entering Hoxie Gorge State Forest. Turn left into the State Forest and head north for about 4 miles, traversing 3 gorges, before crossing Hoxie Gorge Freetown Road. The trail then continues north for less than 1/2 mile to its intersection with the existing trail at the stone bridge on SUNY Cortland property.

The old main trail from Hoxie Gorge Road to the stone bridge on SUNY Cortland property has been reblazed as a blue access trail. 

Steve Catherman/Mike TenKate - Steve Catherman/Mike TenKate

Nov. 10, 14

M6

M6 between Wiscoy Rd and SR 19A is heavily hunted, so caution and blaze orange should be used when hiking through this section during deer season.

5/20/15 UPDATE: The trail sponsor has cleared this section of down brush and trees due to recent logging activity and is working to black out some remaining confusing blazes. Trail is now in good shape.

  - Steve Catherman/Marty Howden

Oct. 20, 14

B1
Hunting notice: REVISED DATES!  Location:  Gannett Hill (Bristol Springs), west side of Canandaigua Lake, the first private property south of Ontario County Park.  At the request of the landowner, trail across the private parcel immediately south of Ontario County Park is now closed for all of bow season, from October 1st through November 15th.  No hiking on this segment of trail during this time period, please!  The Beaver Pond lean-to may be accessed by heading north on the trail from CR 33. - Lynda Rummell

Oct. 7, 14

M26

On Map M26, just west of Bainbridge, the trail has been rerouted out of a small meadow and into the adjacent woods between milepoint 5.2 and 5.4. - Steve Catherman and Larry Blumberg

Oct. 4, 14

B1
Map Revision: A new map was published on 10/4/2014 to reflect a permanent reroute between Access 4 at Seman Road and Mt. Pleasant St. in Naples. From Access 4 traveling south, follow the old trail for approximately 3 miles to a stone bench, turn left and follow new orange blazes along the southwest side of a ravine, steeply at times, for about 1/2 mile to the Old Lehigh Valley abandoned rail bed. Turn right on the rail bed for a short distance to Mt. Pleasant St. Turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Street toward the Village of Naples to rejoin the old trail at the intersection of SR 21 and SR 245. - Greg Farnham

Oct. 4, 14

M28
Map Revision: A new revision was published on 10/4/2014 that reflects a major re-route taking the trail off NY 10 and routing it to the Rock Rift Fire Tower. - Greg Farnham

Oct. 1, 14

M6

5/20/15 UPDATE: The trail has been rerouted between Access 1 and Stickles Road. Heading east from Access 1, turn left on Handcock Road for 100 yards, then right into Swift Hill SF. Leave the state forest and descend to the old Buffalo and Susquehanna RR grade. Turn right on the RR grade for about a quarter mile then turn left (north) off the RR grade and go down the hill to a snowmobile trail, through a small field and across Sixtown Creek using the snowmobile bridge. After the creek, follow the farm lane to Higgins Road and turn right. Follow Higgins Road for about a half mile, then turn left and up the hill to Stickles Road.

 

On Map M6, the trail has been closed between Access 1 and Access 2 and temporarily rerouted onto Handcock and Ballard Roads. From Access 1 traveling east, turn right on Handcock Road for 0.6 miles, then turn left on Ballard Road for 2.2 miles to rejoin the trail at Access 2. - Steve Catherman and Marty Howden

Sep. 29, 14

CH1

On Map CH1, the Crystal Hills Trail has been moved off West Hill Road between Bennett Road and Victory Highway (SR 415). Traveling south on West Hill Road, turn right on Bennett Road and continue west for 3/4 miles; then turn sharply southeasterly for 3/4 miles to elevation 1700' and enter Erwin Hollow State Forest; turn sharply southwesterly for almost 1/2 mile; turn south and then southwesterly for approx. 1 mile and cross Erwin Hollow Creek to Erwin Hollow Road; turn left (south) on Erwin Hollow Road for 1/2 mile to Victory Highway (SR 415). A map revision is being drafted.   - Steve Catherman

Sep. 16, 14

M30

On Map M30, heading east on the descent from Brock Mountain, for a short section between milepoint 3.3 and 3.8, the trail is overgrown with high blackberry bushes making the trail quite unpleasant and hard to navigate and the ensuing descent difficult. A work party is scheduled for early October to address this condition; until then, it is advisable to avoid this section of trail. - Steve Catherman/Rick Roberts

Jul. 9, 14

B3

The Fiona Loop Trail on Map B3 between AP 14 on CR 74 near Bud Valley Campground and AP 15 on CR 77, Elmboise Rd, is now CLOSED due to loss of landowner permission. The Bristol Hills Trail between these two access points is still OPEN.

A new map reflecting this loss was published on March 18, 2015 with a revision date of 03/15. - Steve Catherman

Mar. 30, 14

M25
Map Revision:

Map M25 was updated to reflect the main trail being moved to follow the high water bypass along Bear Brook.

  - Greg Farnham

Mar. 30, 14

M6
Map Revision: Map M06 was updated to reflect a permission loss resulting in moving the trail to the high water bypass and removal of Marge Hinz camp site. This results in M6 being 1.3 miles shorter than before. Previous Trail Conditions notices that have been incorporated into the current map were removed.

  - Greg Farnham

Mar. 30, 14

M1/CT1

UPDATED Notice 10/2/14: On Map M01, Wolf Run Road that leads to Access 2 is closed again. The gate about 100 yards beyond the end of the pavement is closed and locked. There appears to be a lot of water damage along the road, so it may be washed out above the closure. Steve Catherman and Marty Howden

OLD Notice 3/30/14: Map M01 was updated to reflect DEC re-opening of Wolf Run Rd with text changes at mile 4.2, and relocation of the Parking symbol on the front of the map. The trail did not change. - Greg Farnham

Jan. 7, 14

M28
Map Revision: A new map was released on 01/07/2014 showing additional road labeling. Previous trail conditions notices that have been incorporated into the current map have been archived. - Greg Farnham

Jan. 7, 14

M4

On Map M4, the section of trail from Access 4 at SR 16 to Access 5 at Kingsbury Hill Road is now open and off road. Traveling west to east, from Bear Creek Road, turn right on to SR 16 and travel south past a small cemetery. Just past the cemetery, take a left onto a gravel driveway heading east. Hike approximately 1/4 mile uphill, around a gate and through a field. Follow the blazes turning left to the north and after a short while, meet the old trail and continue easterly to Kingsbury Hill Rd.  - Steve Catherman/Marty Howden

Nov. 15, 13

B2
Hunting notice: Be aware that the trail is closed to hiking as well as hunting Nov 15 - Dec 22 and weekends Apr 15 - May 31, between Ford Rd. and Tuttle Rd. near Pizura.  This closure has been shown on map B 2 but has not been listed in the Trail Notices  till now. Use Ford, Sturdevant, and Tuttle Roads to bypass, as shown on map B 2. - Lynda Rummell

Oct. 2, 13

B3

Near the parking area at AP 15 on B3, the road has been paved and there is now a parking area near the trail large enough for 5 or 6 cars. - Tom & Donna Noteware

Sep. 17, 13

M28

Camping is strictly not allowed on DEP land and will result in fines by DEP police if caught.  Same goes for swimming in the reservoir.

Please do NOT jeopardize our permission from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection to allow the trail on their property, and obey these regulations. - Rick Roberts

Sep. 4, 13

O1
Hunting notice: A new map was released on 09/04/2013 to reflect completion of the Fellows Hill Loop Extension, which relocates the part of this Loop formerly on Herlihy Road off road to the west of Herlihy Rd.  The new Fellows Hill Loop is now a 3.5 mile walk entirely off road.   Previous trail conditions notices that are incorporated into the current map revision have been archived. - Greg Farnham

Aug. 26, 13

M30
Map Revision: A new map was released on 08/26/2013 with minor updates to information on the front and back. There were no trail changes.  Previous trail conditions notices are incorporated into the current map revision and have been archived. - Greg Farnham

Aug. 26, 13

M29
Map Revision: A new map was released on 08/26/2013 with minor updates to information on the front and back. There were no trail changes.  Previous trail conditions notices are incorporated into the current map revision and have been archived. - Greg Farnham

Jul. 14, 13

B3

Please stay OFF the blue spur SW of the bog observation deck at the South end of Bristol Hills Branch Trail, northern Steuben County, Map B3, Huckleberry Bog Nature Trail loop until a serious bee problem is remedied!

There is a .1 mile spur, the "blue spur to nowhere," southwest of the bog, that must NOT be used any more this summer.  I will get back there soon with materials for a sign, but all I had today was paper, and we know how long that would last.

I was doing maintenance on the orange part of the loop, and started down the blue spur.  not far in, I started to hear a background hum that reminded me of motor boats, so I joked inside my head that I was hearing boats on the bog, ha.  Then my brain clicked to the "on" position, and I realized I was hearing an immense sound of BEES.  Looked up for maybe two seconds, since the sound seemed to be above me, but then my dog Pearl acted liked something was wrong, then got stung in the face.  I got nailed in the calf, so, yes, I actually RAN out of there. 

I still don't know what kind of bee problem this is, but they are obviously aggressive, since I hadn't done anything yet other than flick sticks off the trail.  Ground bees aren't loud and attack in a mob, so they may not be the case here, but in a way I hope they are, since they are gone in one season.  Honey bees who inhabit a hole high in a tree usually aren't aggressive and stay for years: I used to have a nest above the trail further south on B3, but they never bothered me and, yes, I could hear their hum in the air.

So until the problem is solved, please stay OFF the blue spur SW of the bog observation deck at the South end of Bristol Hills Branch Trail, northern Steuben County, Map B3, Huckleberry Bog Nature Trail loop. - Irene Szabo

Jun. 16, 13

M19

The section of FLT on private land from Lake Rd. (mile 1.7) to Daisy Hollow Rd. (mile 5.0) that has been closed for logging for nearly two years is now walkable again. Some chainsawing and weed-whacking is still needed, but the trail is followable.  Until the trail is fully restored, hikers will need to follow a conglomeration of white paint and plastic blazes and ribbons (both pink and orange).

This section of trail may be open for only a short time as many trees on a piece of Cornell University land have been marked for cutting. Check back here for updates. - Alex Gonzalez/Joe Dabes

Jan. 6, 13

CH3

A new lean-to (with fireplace and open air pit toilet) has been constructed in nearby McCarthy Hill State Forest. It can be accessed at mileage 19.5 on map CH2 by taking a blue-blazed trail west for 0.2 mile. - Pat Monahan

Dec. 6, 12

CH2

A new lean-to (with fireplace and open air pit toilet) has been constructed in McCarthy Hill State Forest. It can be accessed at mileage 19.5 on map CH2 by taking a blue-blazed trail west for 0.2 mile. - Pat Monahan

Aug. 7, 12

M19

A new Irish Loop Trail (green-blazed, of course!) has been added to the M19 and Virgil Mt. Area Loops maps in southwestern Cortland County.  With the main trail, it is 1.3 miles long.  Also added is an orange-blazed connector trail 0.15 miles long, the Brennan Bypass.

  - Alex Gonzalez & Joe Dabes

Jul. 17, 12

M33

The following change has been made in the map description at mileage point:    Cross Beaver Kill on stones.

Because of Hurricane Irene in 2011 several hundred yards of trail on both sides of the Beaver Kill have been washed out. This means that you may need to cross the Beaver Kill three times and do some bushwhacking to do this. - Joe Dabes

Nov. 4, 11

M11
Hunting notice: West of Bath:  TRAIL SECTION RELOCATED OFF-ROAD, signed and blazed!  At mile 8.6, the sharp right turn on Cochrane Road, continue straight (east) into a farm field, then down the hedgerow to the end of the field.  Cross into the adjacent field; make a quick left and then right and follow the edge of the field east on the left side of the hedgerow.  At the bottom of the field, turn left, then quickly right towards the large high power electrical line.  Follow the marked path through the field and all the way downhill to CR 15 (Knight Settlement Rd.).

Cross Knight Settlement Road (CR 15) to other side. Trail ahead, to return to Knight Settlement Rd. is closed for hunting Nov. 15 - Dec. 22. Proceed north a very short distance, then turn right and enter the marked trail again.  Follow the trail northeasterly, then northwesterly down the hillside through woods and fields back to CR 15 where it crosses Knight Creek.  Access 6 has been moved to this new location at CR 15 bridge across Knight Creek.  At Access 6, turn right (northeasterly)  on Knight Settlement Rd. (CR 15).  Caution:  Heavy traffic.  Gradually downhill to Cohocton River and NY 415. Map M11 updated with revision date of 11/11.
- Gary Haff and Lynda Rummel

Oct. 21, 10

M15
Hunting notice: The trail near Bennettburg between Access 9 (South Hill Rd) and Access 10 (Texas Hollow Rd) is closed for hunting from Oct. 1 to Dec. 25. Eastbound, bypass from Bennettsburg by following NY 79 east, and then right (south) on Texas Hollow Rd. Map M15 has been updated for this hunting closure. - Gary Mallow

Dec. 16, 08

M18
Hunting notice: The trail between Blackman Hill Rd. and NY 79. is closed for hunting from May 1 to May 31, and again from October 1 to December 25 by request of the landowner.  Please do not violate these closings, and be sure to hike on marked trail only.  Use Blackman Hill Rd., Level Green Rd., and NY 79 to bypass during the closings. The map reflects the hunting closure reroute. - Paul Warrender

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