Jerry Lazarczyk of Grand Island, NY wrote
Although I have long ago completed the Conservation Trail (CT), I returned to a part of the trail as a convenience to hike to the highest point in Erie County per Gary Fallesen in his book PEAK EXPERIENCES published by Footprint Press.
The get-in is on Allen Road in Finger Lakes Trail map CT5, but the road shoulders are horrendously steep and are very narrow. So, it is recommended to use the access at Genesee Road (not the one by the airport but the one that passes through Sardinia, NY) where very adequate parking is readily found in the Erie County Forest parking lot on the south side of Genesee Road. Cross the road diagonally to follow the CT. Take the trail northbound to the high point of the trail (1,860 feet per my old blue map (BJD- before Joe Dabes) ). The highest point is perpendicular to the trail to the west and is self-evident (no signage to verify that). Unfortunately, it is located on private property so please do not leave the trail to actually touch the highest point in the county (1,950 feet). The hike is about 4.9 miles round trip from the Genesee Road parking lot and is mostly in Erie County Forest.
The high point is directly behind the home located at 11290 Allen Road and the FLT passes the home on the road and continues east on the road for about 100 yards before the trail turns south through a landowner’s side yard. That landowner was joyous to see hikers using the trail and was very reassuring that the highest point was just off the trail although he had never been there himself. Contact Jerry Lazarczyk at email@example.com.