Finger Lakes National Forest - Winter Tour
ElevationAscent: 1,492' 455 m
Descent: -1,496' -456 m
High: 1,888' 575 m
Low: 1,509' 460 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A winter tour through Finger Lakes National Forest, near Hector, New York.”— Cycle - CNY
Finger Lakes National Forest - Hector Ranger Station
5218 NY Route 414, Hector, NY 14841
Map - cycle-cny.com/wp-content/up…
Map - fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO…
There are lots of ways to link the trails and dirt roads together within FLNF, and this featured ride covers most of the trails and many of the dirt roads open to bikes. Its a unique mix of doubletrack and dirt roads through fields and forest. In general, these trails are open to snowmobiles in the winter and equestrians during the summer. Most trails, roads, and intersections are well marked, but having a map, GPS device, or the MTB Project mobile app is highly recommended.
The route starts at the Blueberry Patch Campground parking lot on Picnic Area Road. Catch the entrance to the Burnt Hill Trail just east of the parking lot. Travel south on the Burnt Hill Trail, taking in the grassland view as you cross over Matthews Road and eventually end at Burnt Hill Road. Turn north onto Burnt Hill Road and follow for approximately two miles.
Continue straight as Burnt Hill Road fades and becomes the Backbone Trail. Continue straight north as the Backbone Trail transitions back to dirt road and becomes Wardner Corners Road. At the next intersection with Searsburg Road, look northeast into the field for the start of the No Tan Takto Trail.
Follow the No Tan Takto Trail for approximately three miles, crossing open fields with expansive views, a couple roads, and a few forest patches. The No Tan Takto Trail ends at a small parking lot on Parmenter Road.
Turn around in that parking lot and take the Interloken Trail back south. This two-mile long section of the Interloken Trail is the only section of this trail open to bikes. The Interloken Trail descends to a small creek, then climbs south as it connects back to Seneca Road near Teeter Pond. Turn east and pedal up Seneca Road for one mile, then turn south onto Vesa Road.
Follow Vesa Road south as it eventually fades and becomes a section of the Backbone Trail. After traveling three miles south on Vesa Road and the Backbone Trail, turn west through a field gate and continue following the Backbone Trail west for another mile. Cross over Potomac Road and continue west on the Backbone Trail for another mile until a T in the trail. Turn south and continue on the Backbone Trail for another mile, eventually returning you to Picnic Area Road.
Turn east at the intersection onto Picnic Area Road and pedal up the hill to the Blueberry Patch Campground parking lot.
Native Americans lived in this part of New York for more than 10,000 years. The Iroquois are the last of the Indian tribes to have lived here, and Cayuga and Seneca Lakes honor their names. The land was divided up into "military lots" after the Revolutionary War, the one mile square units that are still the basis for the road (and much of the trail) system present on the Finger Lakes National Forest today.
The cellar holes, stone walls, artifacts, and other material evidence of the former residents of this area are an unwritten reminder and historical record of their lives. They are protected by Federal Law.
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Local Club: Cycle-CNY
Dec 20, 2016: Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Oct 3, 2016: Cycle-CNY Gravel Grinder 100
Sep 16, 2016: Black Diamond Trail Celebration
Land Manager: USFS - Finger Lakes National Forest Office