Cross-County Hike Series

2023 County Hike Series – Schuyler 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 Schuyler County!

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 2023 Schuyler 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 *Registration Closed
FLTC Non-Member Group Hikes Adult $175 *Registration Closed
FLTC Member/Non-Member Group Hikes Child $75 *Registration Closed
FLTC Member/Non-Member Independent Hikes Adult/Child $50 *Registration Closed
FLTC Individual Membership $40
FLTC Family Membership $60

Registration is Closed.  

Price increases for the Group Hikes and the Founder Hikes are due to the drastic increase in the cost for the buses.

Hike Information

You will receive an email from [email protected] with the Schuyler County Hike Series Guidebook after May 5. The Guidebook contains detailed information about the hikes; where to meet, what to expect on hike days, etc. Everyone who registers for the Schuyler 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 May.  The longest hike is approximately 11.2 miles and the shortest is approximately 6.1 miles.  The Series concludes during the FLTC’s Fall Weekend Festival at the Schuyler County Event Center in Watkins Glen.

Hike Schedule
DateSpecial Note
May 20Founders Hike: Wally Wood
June 17Founders Hike: Erv Markert
July 15Founders Hike: Howard Beye
August 19Founders Hike: Ed Sidote
September 16Fall Festival: Watkins Glen

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).  If you have any questions about the Founder Hike please email [email protected].

Registration for the Schuyler County Celebration hike is closed.  Although not a Founders Hike, this is still a special hike as it is the final hike of the Schuyler County Hike Series.

County Hike Sponsors

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors.