Cross-County Hike Series

2024 County Hike Series – Steuben County

Each year, the Finger Lakes Trail Conference offers a series of hikes across a different county along the trail.  This year we are excited to be moving across the beautiful and scenic Steuben County!

In 2024 the hikes will cover approximately 70 miles of hills, deep valleys, ravines, and gorges in Steuben County. In 70 miles you will hike through four State Forests, two different County Parks, pass by Hammondsport and Keuka Lakes, and hike through North Hornell.

We are offering TWO options for participation; Group Hikes, guided by experienced Hike Leaders, include bus service from the end to the starting point of each hike and a SAG (Supply and Gear) Wagon with snacks and refreshments. Independent Hikes allow you to complete the hikes on your own.

The County Hike Series is one of the FLTC’s most popular hiking events, and there truly is an option for everyone.  Whether you are a trail runner or like to stop and smell the flowers, there will be a group to fit your desired pace!

Registration Options and Rates

All registrations include a 2024 Steuben County Hike Series t-shirt (adult uni-sex sizing)!  Additionally, you can become a member, or renew your membership, when you register.

Options and Prices
Option Price
FLTC Member Group Hikes Adult $125
FLTC Non-Member Group Hikes Adult $175
FLTC Member/Non-Member Group Hikes Child $75
FLTC Member/Non-Member Independent Hikes Adult/Child $50
FLTC Individual Membership $40
FLTC Family Membership $60

Registration is closed for Group Hikers.  Registration for Individual Hikers is still open until July 1.

Note: We have held prices the same as last year and added one additional hike.  Join us on six hikes for the price of five!

Hike Information

You will receive an email from [email protected] with the Steuben County Hike Series Guidebook after April 6, 2024. The Guidebook contains detailed information about the hikes; where to meet, what to expect on hike days, etc. Everyone who registers for the Steuben County Hike Series will also be added to an email group [email protected]. This is a great place to ask questions, find carpool buddies for the hikes, etc.

Participants in the Group Hikes are split into groups based on hiking pace.  Buses pick up participants at the end point in the morning and drive them to the starting point of each scheduled hike. Near the middle of the hike, a SAG Wagon is set up so hikers can refresh themselves with drinks and snacks. Hikers may choose to stop for the day at the SAG Wagon, completing a “half-hike,” and make arrangements with other half-hikers to complete the other half on another day, or to complete the hike on their own.

Hikes are scheduled for the third Saturday of each month beginning in April.  The longest hike is approximately 12.4 miles and the shortest is approximately 7.9 miles.  The Series concludes during the FLTC’s Fall Weekend Festival.

Hike Schedule
DateSpecial Note
April 20
May 18Founders Hike: Wally Wood
June 15Founders Hike: Erv Markert
July 20Founders Hike: Howard Beye
August 17Founders Hike: Ed Sidote
September 21Fall Festival

Founders Hikes

We’ll be honoring some of the founders and early leaders of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference with Founders Hikes during the first four hikes, and we look forward to sharing that history with you.  The Founders Hikes are included with your registration.  If you have not registered you can still join the Founders Hikes for $35 per hike (per person).

Individual registration for the Founders Hikes will open approximately three weeks before each hike and will close Thursday evening before the hike.

Registration for the Wally Wood founders hike is now CLOSED.