2019 County Hike Series – Chenango County

Thinking about hiking part or all of the Finger Lakes Trail? Looking to do some day hikes without worrying about transportation logistics? Or maybe you are just looking for someone to hike with. If so, do consider joining us for the 2019 Cross County Hike Series.

Each year the FLT leads a series of hikes along the Finger Lakes Trail named after the county you are mainly hiking through. Each series continues where the previous series ended. In eight years all of the Main FLT is covered. The hikes are intended to promote hiking on the Finger Lakes Trail. Many members use these hikes in their quest for End-to-End awards. When you register for a series and participate in all of the hikes, you will have crossed a major section of the Finger Lakes Trail. There is a modest registration fee that covers the cost of transportation between the ends of each hike.

Hikers split into groups according to hiking pace. Each group has an experienced hike leader and a sweep. Hikers should be able to hike 12 to 13 miles over varied terrain. If this seems a bit long, we are offering  a “half hike” option. For this option hikers would do the first half of the hike with the main group on Saturday and complete the second half of the hike on Sunday. Leaders will be provided for the Sunday hike, but there will be no buses for Sunday’s “half hikes.” We will use a car shuttle method instead.

This year we will be hiking in Chenango County. You will encounter rolling hills, babbling brooks, stone fences, and serene forests. The FLT in Chenango County passes through 13 different State Forests, one Wildlife Management Area and a State Park.  The trail goes by one fire tower, two memorial benches and the remnants of an old CCC Camp.  There will be opportunities to visit up to five lean-tos.

The 2019 series consists of six hikes covering 75 miles. We will be hiking on trail covered by parts of maps M22 and M26 and all of maps M23-M25. The hikes are the third Saturday of the month starting in April and ending in September.  Dates are April 20th, May 18th, June 15th, July 20th, August 17th, and September 21.

The registration fee covers transportation by bus that will shuttle hikers from their cars placed at the end point of each hike to the beginning of each hike.  Those who complete the hike series will receive a patch. This year the final hike in September coincides with the FLT Fall Weekend hosted by the Bullthistle Hiking Club, an opportunity to celebrate with even more friends of the trail.

Registration is now closed.

Information is communicated to registrants via a Google Group email. If you register and don’t hear from us by April 15, contact Larry Blumberg at [email protected]

 

If you have any questions, or wish to register after the deadline please contact hike coordinator, Donna Coon at [email protected].

2019 County Hike Series – Chenango County