This hike, held in the summer, honors Ed Sidote, Mr. End-to-End of the Finger Lakes Trail. Ed has inspired many hikers to follow in his footsteps. He is End-to-Ender #3. You can read more about Ed ‘Happy Hiking’ Sidote here.
Ed Sidote Hike – Summer 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Chenango County, Perkins Pond State Forest & Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area, FLT Map M23
Hike Leaders from the Bullthistle Hiking Club
Both hikes will stop at the Perkins Lean-To, but are subject to change. Please check with FLT’s website and Facebook Events page for updated details or contact one of the hike leaders with questions.
The 8-mile-hike will include a seasonal road walk, blue FLT trail and main FLT trail as well as a small section of steep inclines. This hike will pass Lower Pond and Jackson Pond, both very scenic areas.
the 4.5-mile-hike will include a shorter walk on seasonal roads and the main FLT trail to the Perkins Lean-To.
Both are loop hikes and require no car shuttle/car spotting. Bring a lunch, snack, water, sunscreen and bug spray. Sturdy hiking footwear and a hiking stick or hiking poles are recommended.
This is a social distant event. If you are not from the same household, hikers will maintain 6 feet of distance. Please bring a mask to wear when physical distancing is not possible.
Start time 9 AM. Please be there and ready to hike at this time (dressed for the weather, hiking footwear on, bugspray and sunscreen applied, pack at the ready).
Both hikes will start at the Clarence Rd. Trail Head.
Directions to Meeting Place
From Binghamton (the South) area:
Take I-81 N to exit 8 for NY-26 toward US-11/NY-79/NY-206/Whitney Point/Lisle, follow the signs and stay on Rt. 26 N, turn right onto NY-26 N. Once you arrive in the Town of South Otselic, pass NBT bank, South Otselic Firehouse, then slight right onto Clarence Church Rd (by Methodist Church). Trail head is approximately 1 mile up on the right.
From the West & North:
I-81 S to exit 15 for US-20 toward Lafayette, turn right onto US-20 E, turn right onto Apulia Rd/Lafayette Apulia Rd, turn left onto NY-80 E, turn right onto NY-91 S, turn left onto NY-13 N, turn left onto NY-26 N, sight right onto Clarence Church Rd (by Methodist Church). Trail head is approximately 1 mile up on the right.
From the East:
Take I-88 W to exit 13 toward NY-205 N, turn right onto NY-205 N, turn left onto NY-23 W, turn right onto County Rte 42, turn right onto NY-26 N, pass NBT bank, South Otselic Firehouse, then slight right onto Clarence Church Rd (by Methodist Church). Trail head is approximately 1 mile up on the right.).