The Finger Lakes Trail at Mitchellsville Gorge

When:
March 10, 2024 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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A hike through the Mitchellsville Gorge.

The hike on Sunday 10th March 2024 will follow a section of the main path of the Finger Lakes Trail in Urbana, just south of Hammondsport. It’s an easy hike of about 3.5 miles, and it follows the rim of a deep gully cut by the Mitchellsville Creek. This section slopes gently downhill from Mitchellsville Road  with just a few short steep sections. The northern two thirds passes through a dense hemlock wood, and the path is a soft bed of hemlock needles; there are views of the deep gully along the way. There are two ‘beauty spots’ along the route; about a third of the way from the top there’s a short side track that juts out over the gorge giving good views from a height, and about two thirds of the way down there is a pretty creek. Unfortunately, we can’t get too close to either spot; this section of the trail is on private land and we can’t wander off it. The gorge overlook is crumbling and is dangerous, and access to the creek is specifically denied by the land owner.

A hike through the Mitchellsville Gorge.

We will meet top of the gully on Mitchellsville Road  (42.404269 , -77.290893)  at 2:00pm and walk down the gully to the Pleasant Valley Inn in Hammondsport. There’s and FLT trail sign at the side of the road and a broad mown passage through a farmer’s field to the trail head.

 

The Hike

This will be a one-way hike and we’ll arrange for cars a the hike’s end to ferry people back to Mitchellsville.

All hikers will start together at the top of the gorge on Mitchellsville Road.

The Climbers will hike all the way down the gorge to the parking lot across the road from the Pleasant Valley Inn in Hammondsport. Please look for the trail markers at the bottom of the gorge; it’s easy to miss them and wander into the private vineyard.

The Tourists and Naturalists will start at the meeting point and walk as far as they are comfortable with and then turn back.

 

The Social

We’ll have a social at the Pleasant Valley Inn, next to where we meet for the hike.

 

Directions

From Honeoye: Follow W Hollow Rd (County Road 36) to Naples. Turn Right at the Middletown Tavern on to Rt. 21 South, and then bear left on to NY-53 South. Continue for 17.1 miles through Prattsburg and then turn left to County Rd 13/Mitchellsville Rd in Wheeler. Continue along Mitchellsville Road until you see the white church in Mitchellsville and then continue about a mile or so, as far as the FLT trail sign.

From Naples: Take NY-21 South, and then bear left on to NY-53 South. Continue for 17.1 miles through Prattsburg and then turn left to County Rd 13/Mitchellsville Rd in Wheeler.  Continue along Mitchellsville Road until you see the white church in Mitchellsville and then continue about a mile or so, as far as the FLT trail sign.

From Rochester: Take I-390 south until exit 37 (Rt. 53), then follow NY53 north to State Route 13 (Moitchellsville Road). Turn right to County Rd 13/Mitchellsville Rd in Wheeler and then continue along Mitchellsville Road until you see the white church in Mitchellsville.  Continue about a mile as far as the FLT trail sign

Please park on just one side of the road. It’s a single lane each way road and is fairly well used.

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