The 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.
We will be starting the hike at Shackham Pond and walk/snowshoe 4.5 miles east to West Keeney/Bardeen Rd through mixed forest. There are short ups and downs, a few creek crossings, and we finish in a long gentle downhill. The hike requires a shuttle. A book hike takes about 2.5 hours, snowshoe longer. Bring food/snacks and water.
Optional for E2E branch trailer hikers: After the hike Sigi and Mike can sport your for a 1.5 mile road walk (paved and plowed) to Highland Forest.
Meet at 9:45 am on Bardeen Rd. at the corner of West Keeney Rd. to shuttle cars and hikers to Shackham Pond. Please be on time so we can arrange the shuttle.
Take I-81 to Tully exit#14, drive 7-8 miles east on Rt. 80 to Fabius, turn right on Keeney Rd. and drive south about 2 miles. Bardeen in on the left.