by Karen Serbonich, Cortland Hike Series Coordinator

The series if well on it’s way. See the ‘Gallery’ for photos.


The 2011 FLTC County hike series will cross Cortland County, named after Frederico Van Cortlandt, first lieutenant governor of NYS. The Cortland apple is named for the county (so says Wikipedia). The last Cortland hike series was in 2003.

We will be hiking from Lincklaen Rd in Chenango County to Purvis Rd. at the edge of Cortland and Tompkins County. We will not be hiking west to east or east to west but mixing it up. This series will cross 59 miles. From reading the maps, there are some very rugged and steep climbs and descents. The highest summit will be Virgil Mt. summit at 2132′, the highest point within 70 miles.

The history associated with the state forests we will traverse is fascinating. Artifacts dating to 1500 AD show this land was inhabited by three different aboriginal groups. As you hike try to imagine that much of the state land had been completely deforested by poor farming practices in the past century only to become how they are today through the efforts of thousands of Civilian Conservation Corps men planting over three million trees.

Hikes will vary from 5.6 miles to 11 miles. Hikes will take place rain or shine. It is never too early to start conditioning your muscles.

Dates will be the third Saturday of each month with back-to-back hikes during the Spring Weekend at Cazenovia College (for registered county series hikers only); April 16, May 21 and 22, June 18, July 16, August 20 and September 17. The fee will remain at $40 and covers bus transportation, a completion patch, sag wagon supplies and the picnic. Registration forms are available here or from the FLTC office, 585/658-9320.

Registration deadline was April 7 and registrations are now closed.

Participants will be able to select their hiking pace from slow to fast. Buses will shuttle hikers from their cars to the beginning of each hike.

I am new to the club and the trail, only joining last spring and had a wonderful experience on the series (even after the painful IT band injury that still nags me). I wanted to see the series continue after Jon notified us of his future commitments that would preclude him from coordinating the series this year. He has passed on great notes and timelines and continues to offer support along with many of you. This has made the transition less intimidating and I am excited to continue this opportunity.

If you have any questions, contact the hike coordinator, Karen Serbonich at [email protected] or by phone at 607/351-5372 or 607/330-2040 after 5:30 pm on weekdays or anytime on weekends.