Erv Markert was chairman of the Trails Committee for almost twenty years. He served on numerous state and national organizations developing useful working relationships with public employees promoting hiking and trails. Read more here.

Erv Markert Hike – Fall 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Onondaga Branch Trail loop hike
Cortland and Onondaga Counties, Map O1 (rev. 9/13)

2016 Hike Report

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Hike Leaders

Sigi Schwinge ([email protected]),
Larry Blumberg ([email protected]),
Mike Ogden ([email protected])

Hike Description

Two hike lengths will be offered:

a) The 12 mile hike will feature Shackham and Spruce Ponds, the famous Tinker Falls, a million-dollar view over the Labrador Valley, and a lunch stop at the Hemlock lean-to — what more could you ask for !

b) The 7 mile hike will be a somewhat slower hike and will include Tinker Falls, the Labrador Valley view, Spruce Pond, portions of the Fellows Hill Loop, and Shackham Pond.


Meet at the Shackham Pond trailhead on Shackham Rd.

Meeting Time

9 am

Directions to Meeting Point

There are a couple of different approaches (click for map).

1) Driving north on I-81 from the Binghamton area, take Cortland Exit #11 / NY Rte 13. Turn right onto NY Rte 13, heading away from Cortland to the east and north. In 10.8 miles, in Truxton, turn left on to NY Rte 91. In 3.8 miles, turn right on Shackham Rd and proceed for about 2 miles to the Shackham Pond trailhead.

2) Driving south on I-81 from the Syracuse area, take Tully Exit #14 / NY Rte 80 east. In 4.2 miles, turn right (south) onto NY Rte 91 and go 4.5 miles to Shackham Rd. Turn left on Shackham Rd and proceed for about 2 miles to the Shackham Pond trailhead.