Michigan Hollow Road toward The Pinnacles look-out, southern approach, Danby SF
Meet-up: Michigan Hollow Road exactly 4.1 miles south of Route 96B in downtown Danby.
Don’t confuse this with the northern hiker parking spot, which is 2.4 miles south of 96B, and which gives access to Diane’s Crossing. Even if you see cars parked there, don’t stop – it’s not us. Keep going south.
Click here to see the Google Maps page showing more or less the location of the trail head.
This used to be my favorite hike. Then two things happened: First, we used to be able to make it up the the look-out and back in just a little over two hours — provided we really hightailed it. But as the years have passed the group has slowed down, and now there’s no way the main group can make it up and back in a reasonable time. So now we don’t do the beautiful last stretch, which passes through a gorgeous pine forest.
Update: In the summer of 2018 a very fast-moving group burst out of the starting blocks and made it up to The Pinnacles and back in two hours — by using a clever trick I never thought of — if you want to try this, ask me before the hike starts and I’ll tell you what to do
Second, there was a major flood some years back, and the rushing flood water and then the clean-up that followed completely changed the character of what used to be a fantastic small glen crisscrossed by small streams and full of tumbled-down trees. The area is now much less picturesque and atmospheric.
The walk that remains still has many great elements — very lively ups and downs — wonderful views off to the left and right all along the way – a number of lovely pine groves – but it’s lost some of its charm and I’m not sure how much I like it now. I’m still trying to decide. One thing hasn’t changed — the outbound leg is still quite strenuous.
Click here to see a state DEC map of Danby SF. The Abbott Loop isn’t labeled but it’s obvious. You can see that the southern leg of the loop is very much the longer way up from Michigan Hollow Road to the look-out, which is at the extreme left.
We now go up to The Pinnacles look-out as part of another walk that’s much easier, and doesn’t rush us.