Explore the FLT

2022 Calendar of Events

FLTC’s Hiking 101

If you’ve ever wanted to get out and hike but felt like you didn’t know where to go or how to pack and prepare this is the perfect hiking series for you! The Finger Lakes Trail’s Hiking 101 series is designed for novice hikers of all speeds and ability levels. We’ll be in touch with you before the hike with tips about what to pack and how to dress for the weather. You will be led by experienced hikers who know the trails and want to share their love of hiking with you.

This FREE hiking series uses the Finger Lakes Trail/Wegmans Passport Hikes. Passport books will be provided for each participant and hikers who complete 4 of the 12 hikes in each book will get their Finger Lakes Trail Passport Patch.

Hunters Creek Park (Western Passport Hike #11)
Saturday, June 11 at 10 am

Ontario County Park Jump-Off (Central Passport Book #5)
Saturday, June 25 at 10 am

Erie County Forest (Western Passport Hike #9)
Saturday, July 9 at 10 am 

Shindagin Hollow (Central Passport Book #11)
Saturday, July 23 at 10 am

Boyce Hill State Forest (Western Passport Hike #6)
Saturday, August 13 at 10 am

Spruce Pond to Hang Glider Jump-Off (Eastern Passport Book #10)
Saturday, August 27 at 10 am

Little Rock City (Western Passport Hike #3)
Saturday, September 10 at 10 am

Highland Forest Park (Eastern Passport Book #12)
Saturday, September 24 at 10 am

Kopac Trail Loop – Bowman Lake State Park (Eastern Passport Book #6)
Saturday, October 22 at 10 am

2022 Hike Series | Five Notable Hikes on the North Country National Scenic Trail in New York state

Any hike is better than languishing in an office all day, but sometimes the trekker seeks more scenery than the solace of a winding trail without end can provide. To that end, the Five Notable Hikes of New York’s portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail showcase some of the most expansive and interesting scenery in the state. Three of the five hikes are on the Finger Lakes Trail. And with a hike series beginning in May, trail users can explore all five locations in a group setting with experienced North Country hike coordinators. All five of the notable hikes qualify for the NCTA Hike 100, and Little Rock City, Mitchelsville Gorge, and Tinker Falls also qualify for the FLT60.

For more information and details about any of the five hikes, please email [email protected].   Registration is required.

May 14, 2022 | Little Rock City
Hike leader: Deb Nero

June 11, 2022 | Mitchellsville Gorge
Hike leader: Deb Nero

July 9, 2022 | Tinker Falls Labrador Pond Overlook
Hike leader: Deb Nero

August 13, 2022 | Stone Quarry Hill Art Park
Hike Leader: Scott Sellers

September 10, 2022 | Puffer Pond
Hike leader: Mary Coffin

Explore the FLT with ROCovery Fitness, Rochester’s Premier Sober Active Community

The Finger Lakes Trail Conference is proud to partner with ROCovery Fitness to provide healthy, sober activities for individuals in recovery from addiction, their friends and family, and anyone who chooses a sober lifestyle. We are spo excited to announce an Explore the FLT with ROCovery Fitness Hike Series!

ROCovery Fitness is a supportive community of physically active individuals brought together by sober living, committed to creating an environment of healing and recovery. Members, friends and families are empowered to discover their inner strength and confidence through adventure, fun and camaraderie. Explore the FLT with ROCovery Fitness!

Letchworth Branch (Map L2)
Saturday, April 16 at 10 am

Please indicate your interest in this event on ROCovery’s Facebook Events Page and look for communications about the event there. The only requirements for participation at ROCovery events are at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety and first-time participants filling out ROCovery’s membership questionnaire. Questions? Email [email protected] or [email protected].

Join us for Saturday Hike & Happy Hours with Steuben Brewing Company

The Finger Lakes Trail Conference is grateful to our partners at Steuben Brewing Company for their strong support of the trail and our trail community. Join us for a monthly hike in the Hammondsport area followed by a gathering back at Steuben Brewing Company for beverages, food, and friends!

Mitchellsville Gorge Hike (Map M12, Meeting at Urbana Town Hall)
Saturday, April 2 at 10 am

Hike TBD
Saturday, May 7

Trails Day Celebration
Saturday, June 4

Hunting forHemlocks: A Walking Workshop with FL-PRISM

Join the FLTC for a guided hike with the Finger Lakes PRISM to learn about one of our most destructive forest pests – the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). In this workshop you will learn hands on how to identify a hemlock, what HWA is, and why it’s such a threat. Afterwards, you’ll get the chance to find HWA in the woods along the FLT. By documenting the spread of HWA, we can stop its spread before it’s too late!

This hike will be led by Matt Gallo, Terrestrial Program Outrech Coordinator for FL-PRISM and Deb Nero, Executive Director of the FLTC. It will take place in Sugar Hill State Forest, meeting on Maple Lane north of the intersection with Sugar Hill Rd in the town of Bradford. GPS coordinates and more details about meeting will be sent to registered hikers!

Hunting for Hemlocks: A Walking Workshop with FL-PRISM
Saturday, April 23 at 10 am