Beye.jpgThe Finger Lakes Trail across upstate NY was started in 1962, and for nearly 25 of those years, Howard Beye was THE major volunteer for the organization that tends it. He was a deeply involved trail chair, keeping track of map updates, organizing and training those who adopt portions of our over 900-mile trail system, tracking volunteer hours for every one of them during an annual “census,” arranging Challenge Cost Share projects, and organizing every one of our three to four special work-week projects, the annual “Alley Cats,” and handling the majority of correspondence with the state agencies who host many miles of our trail.

2014 Howard Beye Hike –  Saturday. Jan. 11

The 2014 version of the hike is scheduled for Saturday. Jan, 11, , on the northern portion of the Bristol Hills Trail.


The 2014 version of the Howard Beye hike will take place on the Bristol Hills Trail to be led by Cathy Concannon. The Bristol Hills Trail, at over 50 miles long, is one of the branch trails of the Finger Lakes Trail. It is a lovely trail, with beautiful views of Candandaigua Lake and the surrounding countryside. It winds through hills and forests, as well as into the town of Naples and through two state forests. For our hike, we will begin at the beginning; Ontario County Park. We will hike or hopefully snowshoe (!) 6.3 miles from access 1 to access 3. Although snowshoes are not required for the hike, please bring them if there is enough snow. Pack a trail lunch and plenty of water. We will arrange a car shuttle prior to the start of the hike.

MEETING LOCATION: the parking area at Ontario County Park at 10 am.

DIRECTIONS TO MEETING LOCATION: From the Rochester area: take 490E to Exit 29 (Route 96) Follow Rt 96 as it turns into Route 444. Turn left onto Rts 5/20/64 and then right onto Rte 20A. Turn right into Ontario County Park and proceed to the back of the park. From the South/Rte 86:Take Route 86 to exit 37, Route 53-Prattsburgh. 53N turns into Route 21, which you will follow through Naples. Turn left into Ontario County Park.

HIKE LEADER: Cate Concannon, e-mail: [email protected], phone #585-880-4456

Please contact the hike leader if you plan to join the hike.