Posts Tagged ‘Finger Lakes Trail’

Winter is the reason many hiking clubs avoid using white blazes as trail markings.

Bob, the Natureguy, described how the Conservation Trail, a branch of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT), became blazed orange:
“The group was hiking the Finger Lakes Trail in Allegany State Park. These were old timers in the Finger Lakes Trail organization. It was a nice fall day. A freak snowstorm hit while they were on the trail. It took them hours to get back since the early wet snow stuck to the trees and obscured the white blazes. They had to brush every tree to look for blazes and find their way back. They vowed the new trail would not have that problem and chose orange for the Conservation Trail blazes.”

He went on to explain, “It would be a momentous task to change the blazing of the FLT. It would be very expensive and take many dollars and many years. Not just the marks, but all the printed literature and reference material would have to be changed. And there is logic to the color schemes when there are trail junctions. Over almost a 1/2 century those color schemes have been worked out so there are no conflicts. All trails that intersect with the FLT could be affected. It is not just one trail. The FLT is a primary trail that a multitude of trails across the state radiate from or intersect. So, unfortunately, the color is what is, for bad or good and do not expect it to change.”

It is easy to loose the white blazes in a white-out of snow, so be extra careful when hiking or snowshoeing white-blazed trails such as the Finger Lakes Trail. Always take some extra warm/dry layers with you and some snacks and water in case your outing gets extended due to a change in conditions.

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Join Rochester Area hikers for healthy outdoor fun

For many other places to hike in the Greater Rochester area, pick up a copy of the guidebooks “Take A Hike – Family Walks in the Rochester Area” and “Take A Hike – family Walks  in NY’s Finger Lakes Region.”

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Click here to find an overall map and some information on the trails of Tioga County, including:

A Slice of Home B & B, Anderson Hill State Forest, Beaverdam State Forest, Carantouan Greenway (Trails and Wildlands), Fairfield State Forest, Finger Lakes Trail, Carantouan Greenway Forbidden Path, Jenksville State Forest, Ketchumville State Forest, Michigan Hill State Forest, Oakley Corners State Forest, Old River Road Trail, Robert and Mary Carver King Nature Preserve, Robinson Hollow State Forest, Shindagin Hollow State Forest, Tracy Creek Forest, Turkey Hill State Forest, Waterman Conservation Center Nature Trails, Waverly Glen and Glenwood Trails, Wildwood Nature Reserve

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Click here for a copy of the pdf file of: Biking & Hiking in the Central Destinations of the Finger Lakes Region

For more up to date trail maps and info, pick up copies of “Take A Hike – Family Walks in the Finger Lakes Region” and “Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Finger Lakes Region.”

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Here’s a list of hiking clubs that maintain sections of the Finger Lakes Trail. Join the one nearest to you to find others who like to hike and maybe join them on a trail maintenance day. Our trails can use all the help they can get.

Buffalo Area:
ADK Niagara Frontier Chapter http://www.adk-nfc.org
Foothills Trail Club http://www.foothillstrailsclub.org
Rochester Area:
ADK Genesee Valley Chapter http://www.gvc-adk.org
Genesee Valley Hiking Club http://www.fingerlakestrail.org/gvhc.htm
Syracuse Area:
ADK Onondaga Chapter http://www.adk-on.org
Ithaca Area:
Cayuga Trails Club http://www.cayugatrailsclub.org
Binghamton Area:
Triple Cities Hiking Club http://www.tier.net/~tchc
Chenango County:
FLT-Bullthistle Hikers http://www.bullthistlehiking.org
Eastern NY State:
ADK Mid-Husdon Chapter http://www.midhudsonadk.org

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