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 ‚Äúcensus,‚ÄĚ arranging Challenge Cost Share projects, and organizing every one of our three to four special work-week projects, the annual ‚ÄúAlley Cats,‚ÄĚ and handling the majority of correspondence with the state agencies who host many miles of our trail.
We will hike to Huckleberry Bog on the Bristol Hills Trail and follow the Bog Nature Trail Loop.¬† This is an upland bog located on a plateau west of Keuka Lake in Urbana State Forest, Steuben County. ¬†Two routes will be offered, one approaching from the north and one from the south.¬† Both hikes are loop hikes and both ~4.5 miles.¬† ¬†
a) Northern Approach. The trail climbs steadily through a hemlock and oak woods to the top of the plateau, going by the Evangeline Shelter and entering Urbana State Forest before reaching the ¬†Bog Nature Trail Loop. ¬†
b) Southern Approach.¬† The hike starts at a higher elevation and directly enters Urbana State Forest.¬† ¬†It will be a somewhat slower hike.¬† ¬†Hikers will follow the Bog Nature Trail Loop and along the way stop at the observation deck to see how the bog looks in mid-winter. ¬† ¬†
A Bog Nature Trail Guide can be downloaded from the FLTC website. ¬†
The Huckleberry Bog Nature Trail is Hike #6 in the FLT Passport book for the Central Portion.¬† Bring your book and a pencil if you would like to take a rubbing. ¬† ¬†¬†
Bring water and a lunch that can be eaten on the trail.¬† Snowshoes may be needed if the snow is deep.
9:30am. ¬†Car pools will leave for the hike at 9:45am. ¬†
The parking at the trailhead is very limited, so we will leave the majority of the cars at Heron Hill.¬†
The Heron Hill winery will be open from 10-5.¬† There will not be restrooms at the winery available for us to use prior to the hike.¬†¬† ‚Äč
Directions to Meeting Location
From the Village of Hammondsport go north on Main St/NY-54A toward Pulteney St.¬† Turn right onto Pulteney St/NY-54A and go .33 miles.¬† Turn slight left onto Pulteney St/County Hwy 76 and go 2.99 miles.¬† Follow signs and turn left onto the Hill Winery driveway.¬† Park in the upper parking lot. ¬†Enjoy the view of Keuka Lake.