Erv Markert was chairman of the Trails Committee for almost twenty years. He served on numerous state and national organizations developing useful working relationships with public employees promoting hiking and trails. Read more here.
Erv Markert Hike – Fall 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Onondaga Branch Trail loop hike
Cortland and Onondaga Counties, Map O1 (rev. 9/13)
2016 Hike Report
Sixteen hikers from across the state, some from as far away as the Rochester / Buffalo area, joined together to celebrate the FLT’s annual Fall Erv Markert Hike on Saturday. The hike took place on the Onondaga Branch Trail (FLT Map M01), south and east of Syracuse, NY.
This hike was named for an early (1960’s and 1970’s) FLT Trails Chair who was responsible for overseeing the building of hundreds of miles of FLT during its infancy.
Two hike lengths were offered, most of the hikers chose the longer 12 mile version vs the shorter 6 miler. As advertised, the longer hike route took us past Spruce Pond, up to Jones Hill and the fabulous view over the Labrador Unique Area, over to Tinker Falls, then on to Hemlock Glen Lean-to for lunch, and finally, Shackham Pond.
Sigi Schwinge coordinated the day’s event and led the shorter hike, while Mike Ogden and I teamed up to lead the longer hike.
Here’s the direct link to view pics from the day, if you were on the hike and have some photos to add to the album, please e-mail me for instructions on how to do so:
Thanks to all who participated on this hike
FLT Named Hikes Coordinator
Two hike lengths will be offered:
a) The 12 mile hike will feature Shackham and Spruce Ponds, the famous Tinker Falls, a million-dollar view over the Labrador Valley, and a lunch stop at the Hemlock lean-to — what more could you ask for !
b) The 7 mile hike will be a somewhat slower hike and will include Tinker Falls, the Labrador Valley view, Spruce Pond, portions of the Fellows Hill Loop, and Shackham Pond.
Meet at the Shackham Pond trailhead on Shackham Rd.
Directions to Meeting Point
There are a couple of different approaches (click for map).
1) Driving north on I-81 from the Binghamton area, take Cortland Exit #11 / NY Rte 13. Turn right onto NY Rte 13, heading away from Cortland to the east and north. In 10.8 miles, in Truxton, turn left on to NY Rte 91. In 3.8 miles, turn right on Shackham Rd and proceed for about 2 miles to the Shackham Pond trailhead.
2) Driving south on I-81 from the Syracuse area, take Tully Exit #14 / NY Rte 80 east. In 4.2 miles, turn right (south) onto NY Rte 91 and go 4.5 miles to Shackham Rd. Turn left on Shackham Rd and proceed for about 2 miles to the Shackham Pond trailhead.