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Erv Markert Hike – Fall 2019

Abbott Loop, Ithaca/Danby Area
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Hike Leader

Kristin Schafer, [email protected], 607-321-5754

Hike Description

(Description from “Out on the Trails – Ithaca and Tompkins County” website)

The Abbott Loop in Danby State Forest was planned by Cliff and Doris Abbott and built by the Cayuga Trails Club. It is one of the most popular day hikes in the Ithaca region, offering a moderately challenging wilderness loop hike of 8.2 miles. From the northern trailhead on Michigan Hollow Road we will go northwest on the white blazed Main FLT, crossing the footbridge over Michigan Creek at Diane’s Crossing. Turn left shortly after the creek crossing and follow the orange blazed trail. Follow the trail mostly uphill, cross a stream and cross Bald Hill Road. Follow an old Road which starts level, but which climbs steeply to reach a summit (2.1 miles from the start), perfect for a lunch break spot, known as Thatcher’s Pinnacles (1,700 ft.) with spectacular view of Inlet Valley, the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Lindsay-Parsons Biodiversity Preserve, and the hamlet of West Danby. The trail continues mostly downhill and crosses Bald Hill Road again (mile 3.1) descending further and follows the floor of a creek. Reach Michigan Hollow Road after 4.7 miles, about 4 miles south of NY Rt. 96B. From here, you can continue on the orange blazed Abbott Loop trail (3.6 miles) or go north (left) on Michigan Hollow Rd 1.6 miles to return to start. Hikers will have both options.

This hike has several steep ascents, one of them can be avoided by not continuing onto the Abbott Loop trail after 4.7 miles, instead returning to the cars on Michigan Hollow Road (total 6.3 miles). Our pace will be easy to moderate, accommodating the needs of the group.

Meeting Time:

9:00 AM.  Please wear hiking footwear, your pack with lunch, snacks, and water, your bug spray/tick repellent , and hiking clothing for the weather, including rain gear just in case.


Shoulder Parking area where Michigan Hollow Road crosses the main FLT, about 2.4 miles south of NY Rt 96B from Danby, near Ithaca.  GPS Coordinates: 42.3173, -76.4776 – see map

​​Directions to Meeting Place:

From Danby on 96 B turn onto Michigan Hollow Road, drive about 2.4 miles to the shoulder parking area on the right, where the FLT intersects.  Approximately a 5 minute drive – see map