Main Trail End-to-End
The Finger Lakes Trail Conference encourages our members and friends to hike the entire Finger Lakes Trail from End-to-End, about 580 miles. In recognition of that accomplishment, we will present you with an engraved name badge, two “End-to-End” patches and a certificate. You will also be recognized on the Main Trail Awards on this website and in our newsletter, the Finger Lakes Trail News.
You need not through-hike the Trail, and there is no set time limit to becoming an End-to-Ender. Some folks have taken many years to reach their goal. You also don’t have to be a backpacker or sleep out on the trail to qualify. But remember, the hike must be on foot, and Yes, you can stash a bike to ride back to your vehicle. Notify the FLTC End-to-End Coordinator that you are on this quest of if you have any questions.
Many hikers take advantage of our County Hike Series Program in order to finish the Trail.
Branch Trail End-to-End
The FLTC also recognizes hikers who complete all of the FLT Branch Trails which include the Conservation Branch Trail, Letchworth Branch Trail, Crystal Hills Branch Trail, Bristol Hills Branch Trail, Interloken Branch Trail, and Onondaga Branch Trail, for a total of about 380 miles. In recognition of that accomplishment, we will present you with two “Branch Trail End-to-End” patches. You will also be recognized on the Branch Trail Awards page on this website and in our newsletter, the Finger Lakes Trail News. All End-to-End hikes must be on foot. Notify the FLTC End-to-End Coordinator that you are on this quest of if you have any questions.
You must document your hike(s) and complete an End-to-End Award Application to qualify for an award. Forms are available for downloading at Award Application and Tracking Forms.
If you aspire to hike the FLT or Branch Trails from End-to-End, we encourage you to contact the End-to-End Coordinator. We would like to know you are involved, and may be able to offer you assistance.
Maps are also available from the FLT Store. At the very least, you will want to acquire the maps for the sections you plan to hike. There are 34 maps in the Main Trail set and 20 in the Branch Trails set. They can be purchased individually, or as a set for a reduced price. FLTC members can purchase maps at a discount.
Hikers: The FLTC keeps a confidential list of volunteer car spotters to assist day and continuous hikers. Contact the FLTC Service Center or the End-to-End Coordinator to make arrangements to contact some of these volunteers. Please be aware that volunteers may not be available to assist for every request and you may need to find alternate options.
Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer to assist End-to-End hikers, please complete the Car Spotter Application (choose Word or PDF format). Your contact information will only be shared with End-to-End hikers requesting specific assistance.
Car spotters (or Trail Angels) assist hikers on the Finger Lakes Trail in various ways. Some meet hikers at a pre-arranged spot and drop them off so that the hikers can hike back to their vehicle. Some provide direct help to back packers such as a tenting spot, a meal, a dropbox , laundry, a place to sleep… The list of car spotters specifies what each person wishes to offer the hiker. The FLT Email Discussion Group also provides assistance in various degrees.
Finger Lakes Trail Conference Service Center
6111 Visitor Center Rd.
Mt. Morris, NY 14510