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 WEST and Hiking 101 EAST, two series of four hikes each on the FLT system of trails to assist novice hikers to learn the ropes.

Hiking 101 WEST

Hikes will be in Cattaraugus County and Genesee County on the main Finger Lakes Trail and on the Conservation Trail. Dates are (Saturdays) April 18, May 16, June 27, and July 25.

Questions? Contact Donna Flood at: 716-759-6442 or [email protected]

Hiking 101 EAST

Hikes will be held in Chenango County, near Norwich, NY. Dates are (Sundays) June 21, July 26, August 16, and September 20.

Questions? Contact Donna Coon at: 607-445-4003 or [email protected]


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Registration Form

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 deadlines are April 1 (WEST) and June 1 (EAST).

Registrants will be contacted with pertinent hiking information, including information on each hike and directions to meeting location.


While we will provide sunshine, guides, and  a picnic after the final hike, 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.