Wally Wood was the founding president of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. He was a long distance hiker living in Rochester when he organized existing hiking clubs in 1962 at Keuka College forming the Finger Lakes Trail organization. The Annual Wally Wood Hike honors his memory. His monument pictured to the right is located on map M7 South of Portageville. It was installed by landowner Hessie and the GVHC June 4, 2005.
Celebrate National Trails Day Saturday June 6th @ the Trail Junction
The 2020 Wally Wood hike will be held on Map CT4 and Map 4 in the Towns of West Valley and Ashford – Cattaraugus County. We will hike to the point where the Conservation branch trail meets with the Finger Lakes main trail. In honor of Wally Wood and founding members of the Foothills Trail Club, we will dedicate a new trail junction sign at the CT north-south corridor with the FLT east-west pathway. Weather permitting, following the sign dedication members of the Foothills Trail Club will be cooking and serving hot dogs at Cobb blue loop. This property was donated in 1998 to the FLTC and is equipped with a campsite, picnic table and grill.
On Saturday June 6th two hiking options will be available.
The full hike will meet at 9:00 AM at the NY 242 intersection with the FLT parking area (42.332106, -78.576538). We will spot cars at Felton Road (CT4 / A2) to start our 10-mile hike.
Hike Leader: Marty Ruszaj, [email protected], 716-250-8340
The half hike will meet start at 11:00 AM at the NY 242 intersection with the FLT parking area (42.332106, -78.576538). We will spot cars at Fancy Tract Road (M4 / A1) and start a 4-mile hike.
Hike Leader: Robert Chau, [email protected]
Anyone wishing to just attend the sign dedication can start their hike from 5250 W. Fancy Tract Rd. to the junction. This is a 1.2-mile out and back.
The plan is to have the groups meet at the trail junction for the dedication at ~ 11:45, then hike another 2.3 miles to the Cobb loop for lunch. A quick downhill trek will bring us back to our cars.
The hike will feature moderate hills, mostly in the woods with short stretches of road or old rail bed walks.
- Hike #1 (10 miles): 9 AM – Spot cars on Felton Road (CT4 / A2).
- Hike #2 (4 miles): 11 AM – Spot cars on Fancy Tract Road (M4 / A1).