Wally Wood, FLT Founder monument near Hesse Lean-to, map M9 - Photo R. Hopkins
Amazing One-Day End-to-End Hike of the FLT
In celebration of the 50th¬†Anniversary of the FLT and National Trails Day June 2, 2012
What a beautiful day for a hike and WE DID IT! 75 hikes, 554 hikers, 583.5* miles, ONE DAY! See the¬†¬†Hike Map¬†and click on a hike for details and photos.
Thanks to all who participated.
On June 2, 2012, American Hiking Society‚Äôs National Trails Day¬ģ, we began the celebration of the 50thAnniversary of the Finger Lakes Trail and the Finger Lakes Trail Conference by hiking the entire 567.5* mile length of the Main Finger Lakes Trail in¬†one day. We did this by hiking 75 different sections of the trail in 75 simultaneous hikes of 5 to 10 miles each.
Following the hikes, we gathered in different locations across the state to celebrate.
The hikes were free and open to the public but we requested that hikers register in advance to help us with planning for this major event. We offered hikers who registered and completed a hike a commemorative patch celebrating the event (shown at right). We have placed the order for patches based on hike leader reports and will be distributing them in person to those attending the¬†2012 Spring Weekend. For those not attending, we will be distributing patches by US mail during the last week in June.¬†
*The official mileage of the main FLT at the time we planned the hike was 567.5 miles. The actual distance hiked was 583.5 miles due to some overlap and recent reroutes.
Those persons enjoying the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) and/or activities sponsored by the Finger Lakes Trail¬†Conference (FLTC) or any clubs conducting activities on behalf of, or in support of the FLTC, accept full¬†personal responsibility for their own well being, or, for the well being of a minor when acting in the capacity¬†of parent or guardian. Further, users of the Finger Lakes Trail accept and understand that hiking is¬†a rigorous activity often conducted in rugged outdoor conditions subject to variations in weather and¬†terrain conditions which may involve the risk of injury or death, and, that they are fully responsible for their own safety and selecting activities that are consistent with their physical capabilities.