Sunday, November 16, 2014

I have scheduled the following dates for our 2015 chainsaw safety training:
April 25 & 26
May 16 & 17
The training site will most likely be at the Birdseye Hollow State Forest. Please find out if you have anyone who is interested in the training. I will also be contacting those individuals who have expressed an interest or need re certification in 2015. The classes will be filled on a first come first server basis. 
I will see if we can use the Scout House in Hammondsport again for those who want to stay overnight.
Thank you,
Marty Howden

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 [fingerlakestrail] M-20 reroute completed
The trail has been rerouted between West River Road and Hoxie's Gorge, SUNY Cortland. This change improves the road walk, although not much shorter it is mostly on dirt roads now, and the small section still on Route 11 is in an area with a wide shoulder, behind a guard rail. It also adds 5.5 of new trail. Special Thanks to Alley Cat Crew #3 for getting it done.
To follow the new trail, at West River Road turn Right and follow it South to Route 392, about 4 miles. Turn Left on to 392, follow Route 392 East 1/2 mile, over the river to Route 11. Follow Route 11 south for a 1/2 mile to Steve Russell Road. Stay on the Right (west) shoulder, there is a wide flat area behind the guard rail (and a family of bald eagles is nesting in the area just downhill). Careful not to miss Steve Russell Road, its a single lane dirt road on the left. Follow Steve Russell Road up hill under route 81, past 81 bear left to stay on Steve Russell about 1 mile, enter the woods on the left at the border of State Forest Land. The trail heads north through Hoxie Gorge State Forest, traversing 3 gorges, before crossing Freetown Hoxies Gorge Road in about 4 miles. The trail continues north before intersecting the existing trail at the stone bridge on SUNY Cortland property.
The old main trail from Hoxie Gorge Road to the stone bridge has been reblazed as a Blue access trail. 
Mike TenKate

Monday, August 11, 2014

Our Club

The FLT Bullthistle Hikers were founded in 2004 to provide information about hiking opportunities
in the Chenango County area and beyond. We conduct weekly activities to enhance the quality,
safety and enjoyment of the hiking experience. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each
month in the Community Room of the YMCA in Norwich at 7:00 P.M. and are open to the public!
Come and join us!