Thu Sept 12
Potato Hill SF, Caroline
Official head count: 7H, one D
Sat Sept 14
Finger Lakes National Forest: Gorge Trail
Official head count: 16H, six D
Sun Sept 15
Eastman Hill Road on the Tioga County line in East Danby
We started off down a one-lane old dirt road — it was easy waking at first, but then the surface became badly eroded, and it had been covered with small flat rocks — I began to slip and slide and lose my balance, so Tiger and I turned around. I don’t have any more photos from the hike too post, but you can see scenes from the trail in Jack V’s photo album from the walk.
Tiger and I happened to see three of the hikers plus Jim later in the day — the hikers said the hike was excellent, and Jim said a number of people complimented him on it. I’m thinking maybe I could handle the rough trail when it’s covered with enough snow to cover over all the slippery little rocks.
I asked Jim to write up a hike report — here it is:
Sundays hike covered a looping figure 8 portion of the FLT running between Eastman Hill Rd and Heisey Rd in the Town of Danby that we haven’t previously had a chance to hike in my short time with the group.
With the morning fog just burning off, hikers left the trailhead at the end of the maintained portion of Eastman Hill Rd just inside the Tompkins County line.
The hike route followed the seasonal one lane road through forested state DEC land as it heads North towards Coddington Rd. As the road approaches the FLT it passes through private land where the road is now abandoned, and as a result the deteriorated walking surface was a bit of a challenge to traverse for some hikers. I think that if we do this hike in the future, I will offer those hikers who found the road surface today to be difficult a slightly different hike option that will still allow them the opportunity to enjoy the majority of the area we walked through.
Once on the FLT, the hikers climbed through a series of steep uphill portions interspersed with a few older and flatter logging roads that gave us a chance to catch our breath. By this time the sun was out, temperatures were pleasant, and the hikers were passing through a varied terrain as we headed towards Heisey Rd.
Once at Heisey Rd, the group turned around and re-traced our steps to the nearest logging road that offered us a direct route back to Eastman Hill Rd and our vehicles.
Official head count: 21H, eight D