Have you ever had a yen to try out a hike in the Finger Lakes area, but didn’t have a clue how to begin? There are 900 miles of marked and mapped trail right in your own backyard on the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT). How do we find this trail, you ask? Where would be a nice scenic day hike for the novice hiker? What should we bring? How do we get back to our car?

Not to worry! Volunteers with the Finger Lakes Trail are offering Hiking 101, a series of hikes on the FLT to assist novice hikers to learn the ropes. 2014 will offer the hikes in the Prattsburg to Naples area, in Steuben and Yates counties. Each hike will be lead by an accomplished local hiker, who will give you all the details on day hiking. You just need to register, bring your lunch and lots of water, wear sturdy shoes, and get in shape for the inevitable hills.

Registrants will all receive detailed directions where to gather for each hike, instructions and advice, an embroidered patch at a final hike picnic, for the modest fee of $25.00/person. Registration is limited, and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

2014 Dates:

  • June 22  June 29
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 14

This year’s series will be a continuation of the 2013 series on the Bristol Hills branch trail in Steuben and Yates County in the Naples area. This hike series is considered an easy to moderate level of hiking, and will vary from approximately 4.4  to 6.6 miles in distance. It  will occur on the corresponding Sunday of the Steuben County series.

Hike details will be mailed to you after June 1.

Questions? Contact Kim or Terry Meacham at 607-324-0374 or [email protected]


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You can pay with credit card via PayPal. You can also download and print a Registration Form and register by US mail. Or, call the FLTC office at (585)658-9320.

Registration deadline is June 1, 2014.


While we will provide sunshine, guides, sag wagons, and buses, you must:

  • Be in physical shape to hike a varied terrain 3-4 hours at a steady pace.
  • Bring plenty of water and your own lunch.
  • Wear sturdy hiking boots/shoes with comfortable socks, not sandals, flip flops, or flimsy footwear. Hiking poles are encouraged.
  • Dress for the weather—hats, raingear, shorts, sunblock, bug spray.