hike #28

Shindagin Hollow SF, from Braley Hill Rd to Shindagin Hollow Rd, three hikes

Map.  There are a number of maps online for the Shindagin Hollow State Forest area but many are outdated or are confusing and have defects.  This more recent one from the state DEC clearly shows the FLT and the three parking lots on Braley Hill Rd.

Paper and digital maps of the Finger Lakes Trail may also be purchased from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference at the link below. The map sheet for this section of the FLT is map sheet M18:

About Finger Lakes Trail Maps and GPS data

For Hikes 1 and 2:

Meet-up:  Dirt parking lot on Braley Hill Road about a mile and a quarter south of the junction with Shindagin Hollow Road.  This is the second parking lot if you’re driving south on Braley Hill Road  —  the first lots you pass have a big sign and two parking areas on opposite sides of the road and looks official  —  don’t stop there  —  keep going. Those first lots you pass are for hike 3

The second or middle lot on Braley Hill Rd that we want for hikes 1 and 2 clearly looks like a parking area.

Google map location for this parking lot. You can even see a car parked in the lot in this satellite view:

Google Maps

Hike 1 – Out and Back on the FLT

This big state forest is full of lovely trails, but the only one you can take on a weekend day in nice weather and be sure you won’t have to dodge hard-charging mountain bikers the whole time is the FLT.  This stretch of the FLT includes some very typical woods, plus a very distinctive leg where we walk south right along the rim of a deep gorge with Shindagin Hollow Road at the bottom.  It’s quite dramatic and fun if you have good balance and you aren’t afraid of heights  —  otherwise, I don’t advise trying it as you’ll find yourself extremely close to a big drop.  The trail is not very strenuous for much of the way, but as we get close to Shindagin Hollow Road it drops pretty steeply.

Hike 2 – Loop Hike from the middle parking lot

A three season loop hike can be devised, starting from the middle parking lot. By taking blue blazed bike trail # 6 south from that parking lot, then returning north on blue trail 4, before returning to Braley Hill Rd via either the FLT or the snowmobile trails.

Probably not something to be attempted in the winter months or on summer weekends when there are many bicyclists using the bike trails. This loop trail does offer a change of scenery and terrain from the normal FLT hike between Braley Hill and Shindagin Hollow Roads.

Hike 3 – Bike and snowmobile trails from parking lot near Bald Hill School Rd

From the much larger parking lots just south of Bald Hill School Road, a number of different loop hikes may be devised using the blue bike trails east of Braley Hill Rd, the yellow bike trails west of Braley Hill Rd, or area snowmobile trails. The snowmobile trails are especially useful in winter months when use of the FLT may be limited due to deep snowpack

Last edit 07/2022 JFR