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 – 2013

Highland Forest / North Country National Scenic Trail


Saturday, Oct 19, 2013


Karen Goodman, [email protected] or (607) 648-3005

Hike Report:

This year’s Erv Markert hike took place on Saturday, Oct 19 at Highland Forest, an Onondaga County park east of Tully, NY and southeast of Syracuse.  The FLT’s Onondaga Branch Trail cuts across Highland Forest and made for a portion of the nine mile long loop hike taken by the group as we followed the park’s designated Main Trail.

Fifteen hikers from across the state participated with this event, led by Karen Goodman of the Binghamton-based Triple Cities Hiking Club.  Sigi Schwinge from the ADK-Onondaga Chapter also assisted with leading hikers.

While most of the hikers on this perfect fall day hailed from either the Binghamton area or from the Syracuse area, there were also some folks from Rochester, Ithaca, and Utica.
Please enjoy the pictures which have been posted to the Triple Cities Hiking Club’s photo album titled “2013–10-19 FLTC Erv Markert Hike, Highland Forest” at

Many thanks, again, to our hike leader Karen Goodman and to all those who participated !

Hike Description:

Located south and east of Syracuse on NY Rte 80 in Fabius, NY, Highland Forest is an Onondaga County park renown for its exquisite network of x-country ski trails. With the North Country Trail passing through the center of the park, we’ll hike along this section of trail and combine it with other park trails to create a loop hike of approx 10 miles. Shorter loops will be made available for those who wish.

Admission to the park is $1 per person (payable at the park office), there is no admission charge for those under 21. Please visit the Highland Forest website at  for more information about this park.


Park office entrance (Skyline Lodge) at 10 am. Those in the Binghamton area can carpool with the Triple Cities Hiking Club by meeting at 8:30 am behind Denny’s on Upper Front St (US 11), north of Binghamton.

Directions to Highland Forest:

Take I-81 Exit 14 (Tully / NY Rte 80) and go east on NY Rte 80 for approximately 11 miles before turning right at the sign for Highland Forest. At the top of the hill, the entry road will curve to the left and into the parking lot for the Park office (Skyline Lodge). (Click for map.)

Please pay your $1 admission fee at the office, the desk is just inside the door to Skyline Lodge. We’ll gather outside of Skyline Lodge (assuming good weather) or inside Skyline Lodge if inclement weather.