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This weekend I went hiking in NY's Finger Lakes Nat'l Forest, covering 16,000 acres between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.  I did a figure 8 loop using the Interloken, No-Tan-Takto, Backbone, Ravine, and Burnt Hill Trails.  


I was very surprised by the beauty of this hike.  The trails are very easy with level and rolling terrain, there are virtually no rocks.  Keep in mind the trails can be very wet and it is best to avoid going in early to mid Spring like I did.  Even though there are many boardwalks, water and mud was still an issue.  Wait until the trails dry out.  The trails go through scenic woodlands with some large trees and plantations of pine.  There are also many fields and pastures along the trails, offering non-stop views.  In the summer, cows use the pastures.  The trails are still open, but be sure to close the gates.  There are also two ponds, Foster and Teeter Ponds, both are scenic.  Teeter is the largest and has a lot of beaver activity.  In fact there was a beaver lodge right on the trail.  There were two good campsites near this pond.  Ravine Trail was very scenic as the trail explored the rim of a narrow ravine with cascades, hemlocks, and large trees.  The bird life was impressive on this hike, I saw several red tail hawks, many kestrels, and brown thrushes.  

Wind and sun exposure can be an issue on this hike.


The trails are very well signed and the Interloken Trail was well blazed, as was the Ravine Trail.  The other trails were not as well blazed, or not at all, but were easy to follow.  One section on the No-Tan-Takto Trail was hard to follow between Seneca Road and County Road 1, but wasn't too hard to figure out.  The No-Tan-Takto Trail is officially blazed yellow, but you will also notice some blue blazes.  This trail passes through extensive fields with many views.  The Backbone Trail followed an old country lane, now grassy and passes several small streams.  I had all the trails to myself.  A great hike, well worth the time to check out.  The hike was around 20 miles.

Foster Pond
Foster Pond

Boardwalk through pine plantation
Boardwalk under pines

Teeter Pond
Teeter Pond

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Beaver lodge on the trail
Beaver lodge on trail

Cow alert!  (Cows use the pastures in summer)
Watch for cows!

Panorama from No-Tan-Takto Trail
Meadow panorama

Worlds largest bonsai
World's largest bonsai

Beautiful
Beautiful views

New York country roads
New York country roads

Ravine Trail
Beautiful Ravine Trail

Slanting giant
Slanting giant on the Ravine Trail

Breathtaking panorama
Endless views

Trail and views
Sunlit late afternoon

Havana Glen Park (not in the national forest)
Havana Glen Park
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That's an area of the country I would like to visit someday.

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I went hiking there 20 years and I remember being totally unimpressed. Maybe I'll give it another go.

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BTW, blue blazes typically denote a tree that is to be removed. VERY confusing near the NCT, which is also blazed blue.

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very cool. :)
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