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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: May 29, 2014
Direction: Eastbound

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Date: Mon, May 26th, 2014
Start: Cincinnati
End: Cincinnati
Daily Distance: 0

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Finger Lakes Trail

Finger Lakes Trail

In a couple days I'll be starting a fairly random and somewhat obscure thru-hike of the Finger Lakes Trail. The trail spans about 560 miles west to east from Allegany State Park on the NY/PA border to the Catskill mountains. It generally runs south of the Finger Lakes in what I would call upstate/western New York. I grew up just north of this in Rochester, NY and came across the trail a few years ago. I can't say I ever had a crazy desire to hike this trail, but it's always been on that list of trails that I know exist and that I might get around to hiking.

I'm primarily hiking the Finger Lakes Trail due to timing and convenience. My initial plan was the finish the Grand Enchantment Trail, which I just did and then cycle from the end of the GET (Albuquerque) to Canada on the Great Divide Mountain Bike route and then continue on, hiking the Great Divide Trail. After following the snow in the Rockies for months I finally decided about a month ago to scrap these plans. It seems to be turning out to be a good decision. The Rockies from Central Colorado, north, are having a huge snow year and it has only gotten worse since my decision a month ago. More snow fell and the snow isn't melting as fast as usual. Percentages of normal range from 150%-200%. The bike ride would be very difficult to do right now with all the snow. There's a good chance I'll still do the bike ride, just starting in mid July. I think the GDT will have to wait till next year.

I'll be meeting my family at a condo near Rochester in early July for a couple weeks so the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) fits in well logisitically and timing wise which is really the main reason I seem to be hiking it. Hopefully I'll actually enjoy it. Planning has been fairly easy as there isn't a lot of good thru hiker trail info out there so there isn't much to read. The trail has a Trail Conference which developed and maintains the trail and notes about 400 people who have hiked the entire FLT, however I couldn't really find a decent blog with good info on the trail. There appears to be major private property issues and a big focus of the FLT conference seems to be making sure the trail is routed properly and dealing with all of the private property issues. The maps appear to be exceptionally well done and the backs of each map have a very detailed and thorough description of the trail. With all the apparent private property issues, I can't imagine the countless hours spent by the FLT conference trying to just keep the trail one continuous route.

From my limited planning here are my expectations: Lots of different types and quality "trail". Lots of road walking, some pretty unenjoyable. Lots of towns. Lots of big mileage days. Lots of heat. Lots and lots of rain. Lots of bugs. Lots of ticks. Lots of great farmland. Lots of deer. Lots of shelters. Lots of days with a light backpack.



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Finger Lakes Trail

The Finger Lakes Trail is a 558 mile hiking trail through New York from the Pennsylvania-New York border in Allegany State Park to the Long Path in the Catskill Forest Preserve.

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