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We hike three times per week.

Sundays …………. 9:40  –  11:40

Saturdays ………. 9:30  –  11:30

Wednesdays …… 9:30  –  11:30


Informal:  No rules  •  No hike leaders  •  No dues or membership lists

Plus:  No jockeying of cars  •  All ages welcome  •  Dogs welcome

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More hike photos

The hikers  —  who’s who

  • Current hikers.  Photos and names of the hikers who became active on the trail after the pandemic ended.  Coming before too long
  • The core group  –  2012 to 2019, until just before the pandemic hit.  Hows to access these photos:  The page has more than 130 photos on it, but only the first 99-100  usually display initially.  To view the rest, click the last thumbnail that’s displayed.  You will get a large high-res version pop-up.  Then go back one step  —  return to the full array.  The remaining 30+ photos will have loaded and can be viewed.  To read the person’s name, click on the thumbnail to activate the high-res pop-up.  Click here. 
  • The early hikers  –  2004 to 2012. Click here

Action photos from various hikes between late 2009 and late 2016. Click here

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Brief background of the Ithaca Hikers

The group started in the late 1990s with a small group of friends who began to hike the FLT every Sunday.

In the summer of 2004, Stephen and Susan Hesse took over coordination of the group, about a year after they’d moved to Ithaca from NYC. They expanded the number of hikes to three a week over the years, and oversaw the development of the Ithaca Hikers web site, which was created for free by hiker Julie Manners, a very talented graphic designer.

S&S, Dryden Lake, 2016. Photo by Margaret W

In the summer of 2020 they gave up coordinating, and Jim Rolfe, an Ithaca native, took over