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Old 07-26-2020, 11:38 AM   #1
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Finger Lakes Without Waterfalls or Wineries

I've been to the Finger Lakes more times than I can count, with most of my trips revolving around visiting wineries, waterfalls and lakes. This time I decided to do something a little different and focus on hiking some of the trails in the area including the Finger Lakes Trail, Bob Cameron Loop, and Interloken Trail. Here are some of the highlights from my day trip on a very hot and buggy day.





























Next up is the Pine Creek Gorge in PA and some of the Adirondack firetowers, which I plan to do next month.
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:31 PM   #2
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awesome photos. I just got back from a 6 day hike on the FLT. Maps 18-15.
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Old 08-01-2020, 04:57 PM   #3
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Congrats to both of you, perhaps we passed each other somewhere, as I'm preparing for a trip to the high peaks I've been hiking some part of the FLT almost daily.
Hikingandwildex, Where is the ski lift? I've never seen it. Loved including the Bob Cameron Loop in a ski tourathon I did on Connecticut Hill last winter.
Ductape, How did you navigate the beaver flooding near Rt. 79 at the Tompkins/Tioga line? A friend wants to put a boat on a rope there like he saw on the Rio Grande at Big Bend for people to get back and forth between the US and Mexico.
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Ductape, How did you navigate the beaver flooding near Rt. 79 at the Tompkins/Tioga line? A friend wants to put a boat on a rope there like he saw on the Rio Grande at Big Bend for people to get back and forth between the US and Mexico.
We used the old route which went up the dirt rd directly across from the parking area to firetower rd then to blackman hill rd. (we were westbound). We could have cut in off the dirt rd through the forest as it was relatively open hardwoods, but we did not want to trespass. The old dirt rd and firetower rd (until it turned South) were pleasant enough.
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awesome photos. I just got back from a 6 day hike on the FLT. Maps 18-15.
Nice! Hope you had a good time on your six-day adventure!

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Hikingandwildex, Where is the ski lift?
That's Greek Peak near Virgil Mountain in the M19 section of the FLT. The ski resort is visible from the trail and involves walking a short distance off-trail through high grass. I made sure to do a quick "tick check" as soon as I got back on the trail.

The Bob Cameron Loop and FLT around Connecticut Hill would probably be better in the wintertime as a ski/snowshoe outing. Last weekend, I found it to be a mundane walk through the woods and the mosquitoes were the worst I've encountered in at least five years!
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Old 08-02-2020, 11:57 AM   #6
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Never been to Greek Peak but have hiked and cross country skied in the state lands around it.
If you're nostalgic for waterfalls, here are pictures from my walk around town this morning (aprox 12 miles, 2000' total gain).

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The Finger Lakes Land Trust has opened a new preserve this summer that borders Fire Tower Rd and Blackman Hill. The FLT has been slightly rerouted to pass through it to get off a lumber company property. We are looking forward to skiing it this winter as there are numerous trails that were established by the donor. Where the FLT passes through the field offers what many are calling the finest view on the trail in our area (of course that's subjective), one can see to PA to the south and across the three counties to the east and west. I've only been on it once so far and don't have any photos.IMG_20200802_064320795.jpg

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Never been to Greek Peak but have hiked and cross country skied in the state lands around it.
If you're nostalgic for waterfalls, here are pictures from my walk around town this morning (aprox 12 miles, 2000' total gain).
Can't ever get enough waterfalls... thanks for sharing!

Is that Robert H. Treman State Park in that second pic? Those stairs look very familiar. I'd like to say Treman, but am not 100% certain since it has been about 10 years since I've been there and couldn't find anything in an image search. Lucifer Falls was my favorite waterfall in that park. It seemed to go on forever!
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Banjoe, I did the newer route either last year or year before when that creek wasn't flooded. I don't remember much as so much of the FLT is starting to blend together.
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I can't see the pictures I post, but I stayed with the three gorges in town today so you must be seeing the stairs in Cascadilla Gorge.
Hiking to Buttermilk, Lick Brook and Treman sometime this week or next and will post pics.
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