2022 County Hike Series – Tompkins County

Registration is OPEN NOW!

Each year, the FLTC offers a series of hikes across a different county along the trail. Completed year after year, the County Hike Series will eventually lead hikers over about 584 miles of trail to complete an End-to-End hike of the Main Finger Lakes Trail. This year we are excited to be moving across the beautiful and scenic Tompkins County!

The Series will kick off on April 16, with subsequent hikes on May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 and September 17. The Series concludes during the FLTC’s 60th Anniversary Fall Weekend Festival at the Grayhaven Motel in Ithaca. The longest hike is approximately 11.2 miles and the shortest is approximately 8.3 miles.

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

Whether you hike independently or with a group, your hikes must be completed by the end of the year to earn your Tompkins County Cross-County Hike Series patch. Those who have all their hikes completed during or prior to the Fall Weekend Festival will receive their patches at a special awards ceremony following dinner on Saturday night during Fall Weekend.

Participants in the Group Hikes are split into groups based on how fast or slow they move, and each group is led by an experienced leader. Whether you are a trail runner or like to stop and smell all the flowers, there will be a group to fit your desired 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 (Supply and Gear) 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 it on their own.

The County Hike Series is one of the FLTC’s most popular hiking events, and there truly is an option for everyone! We are thrilled to be able to offer it once again this year, and we’re excited for our travels across Tompkins County to conclude at our 60th Anniversary Fall Weekend Festival! We’ll be honoring some of the founders and early leaders of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference with named hikes throughout the Series, and we look forward to sharing that history with you.

Group Hike tickets for individuals are $100/members ($150 for non-members), while tickets for the Independent Series are $50/person (members and nonmembers, children and adults). All tickets include a 2022 Tompkins County Hike Series t-shirt! Please indicate your t-shirt size at checkout. If you are not an FLTC Member, we encourage you to join today and enjoy the reduced member rate. 

Registration closes for Group Hikes on April 1! Refunds can be requested through EventBrite until April 15 (the day before the first scheduled hike). After the first hike refunds will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to request a refund after April 15, please contact the FLTC Office by calling 585-658-9320 or emailing [email protected].


Remembering Founders and Leaders of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference

The FLTC honors Founders and Leaders each year with a Named Hike Series. In 2021, we combined the Named Hike Series with our County Hike Series so that we could introduce these special people to our new members and friends each year.
Four hikes within the County Hike Series are dedicated to some of the most influential people in the Finger Lakes Trail Conference’s history. We hope you will take these days to remember the good people who started with an idea and developed a vast system of trails built and maintained by volunteers. If you aren’t registered for the County Hike Series, for a small fee you can register for these single day hikes within the County Hike Series.
On May 21 we will remember Wally Wood, who imagined the idea of a long-distance hiking trail in NYS. He is known as the founder of the Finger Lakes Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference. On June 18 we honor Erv Markert, who served as Chairman of the FLTC Board for almost 20 years. The third hike on July 16 honors Howard Beye, whose home served as the FLTC’s office for seventeen years. And finally, on August 20, we will remember Ed Sidote, who was the third person to complete an End-to-End of the FLT and famously created the FLTC’s Sidote Stewardship Fund – which today is valued around $1 million – with a gift in honor of his 90th birthday.
Please join us in the celebration of these very special people who contributed so much to the Finger Lakes Trail Conference by hiking in their honor.
The hikes vary in length from 8.3 – 11.2 miles. You must register and pay in advance to attend these hikes. Each hike is $20/person, which includes transportation from the finish to the start in the morning, and snacks and refreshments at the Sag Wagon at around the midway point. Please choose the desired hike(s) at checkout.

Ticket Types

FLTC Member – Group Hikes, Adult $100

FLTC NonMember – Group Hikes, Adult $150

FLTC Member/Nonmember – Group Hikes, Child $75

FLTC Member/Nonmember – Independent Hikes, Adult & Children $50

Named Hikes – $20/person for each hike

Questions? Email: [email protected].