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We created this website to help assist fellow hikers plan their next hiking adventure in Central New York, the Adirondacks, Catskills as well as many other places we've visited over the years. We do this website as a hobby and hope we are able to help you find a great adventure! Look below for links to our latest additions and updates to the website. Tell your friends about us!

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It's almost Labor Day weekend in Central New York! It's gotten hot & humid again in the area! Will you have enough water for your hike? We suggest carrying a Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System to ensure you are able to replace water if you happen to run out. Be sure you keep yourself well hydrated if you are hiking in hot/humid weather. The nights can still be cold in the Adirondacks and the Catskills. Will you be warm enough on your hike? Cold temperatures can be very dangerous if you are not prepared. The weather can be very unpredictable, so be prepared for anything!  Do you have energy snacks?

Be sure to protect yourself from ticks when hiking! Wear gaiters such as Liberty Mountain Nylon Gaiters (Navy) on your hike. They will help keep ticks from crawling up under your pant legs. You can also just tuck your pant legs into your socks and boots. Also use Repel 100 Insect Repellent, 4 oz. Pump Spray, 1 Bottle or Repel 33801 6-1/2-Ounce Sportsmen Max Formula Insect Repellent Aerosol 40-Percent DEET Spray or REPEL Tick Defense Unscented Aerosol Spray, 6.5-Ounce and spray your socks, pants, gaiters, shirt, neck, hands. Use sprays with at least 40% DEET!!!

Are you hiking with your dog? We highly recommend that you keep your dog on a leash when you are hiking, no matter how well trained you think your dog is. It will protect you, your dog, other hikers, other dogs and wildlife out on the trail. You do not want your dog to have a run in with a skunk, porcupine or even a bear while hiking. Our dog, Kyra, is always on a leash when we are out hiking or camping. She was bitten by a dog that was not on a leash, whose owners thought their dog obeyed their commands. Leash your dog!

We have created a new page with gear recommendations, please check out our Hiking Gear webpage. We recommend the book Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival for anyone who is interested in learning outdoor survival and check out their videos on YouTube. Lots of great info!

Recent additions and updates on CNY Hiking
Merrills Hill 8/24 Peekamoose Mountain 8/21 Neversink River Scenic Spot 8/21
Huggins Lake 8/18 Snowy Mountain 8/10 Puffer Pond 8/6
Goldmine Stream Falls 8/5 Hour Pond 8/4 John Pond 8/1
Blackfoot Pond 7/30 East Pond 7/30 Middle Branch Lake 7/29
Middle Settlement Lake 7/28 Dix Mountain Wilderness 7/24 North Shore Trail 7/22
Essex Chain Primitive Area 7/22 Pine Lake Primitive Area 7/22 Corner Pond-Clear Pond 7/21
St Regis Mountain 7/19 Hiking Gear 7/19 Pickerel Pond 7/18
Rock Pond 7/18 Hurricane Mountain 7/10 Letchworth-Deer Run Trail 6/17
Letchworth-Birch Trail 6/17 Letchworth-Trout Pond Trail 6/17 Letchworth-Mary Jemison Trail 6/16
Letchworth-Hemlock Trail 6/16 Letchworth - Portage Trail 6/15 Spruce Mountain 6/15
North-South Lake Loop 6/10 North-South Lake Campground 6/10 Alder Lake Loop 6/9
Wintergreen Park 6/7 Yatesville Falls State Forest 5/31 Genesee County 5/6
Spruce Pond 4/26 Woodchuck Hollow Loop 4/19 Waterfalls of Pharsalia 4/18

 


Have you donated to a hiking club? Be sure to support hiking clubs and their products, like their hiking guides and maps! They do the hard work to keep the trails blazed and cleared! Use our Hiking Clubs page to find a link to your local hiking club to support! Buy the guides and maps that help support hiking clubs!

What if you get lost and have to stay overnight in the woods? Are you prepared for a cold, dark night in the woods? Does someone know your hiking route plan? The nights are getting cooler, be sure to pack something warm just in case! You just never know.

Be safe. Be prepared. It might save your life! Carry a day pack complete with plenty of food and water. You should also bring extra clothing, rain coat, map and compass, first-aid kit, flashlight/headlamp, sun glasses, sun-block protection, ensolite pads, a stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blankets. Matches with a good fire starter is a life saver.

Be safe while on your outdoor adventure. Be prepared out on the trails. Know how much daylight you have and how long your hike will take! Are you prepared for a night in the forest? Would you be ready? What's in your backpack? You can never be too prepared, even with a short hike. 

Use our Hiking Safety webpage to help you plan for a safe hiking adventure. Hiking with your dog? We always had our dog on a leash everytime we are hiking. You should too! You certainly don't want to find out what happens when your dog runs into a porcupine or into a skunk! It's not fun, trust me.

We are not affiliated with any hiking clubs or any hiking trail maintenance. If there any problems with trails, we suggest contacting the hiking club or NY DEC directly. All the information on this website is based on our best knowledge from our experience hiking the trail or where noted, from others who wanted to share their hiking experience. We try to keep the information up to date, but sometimes trails have changed that we are unaware of. If you see an error, please contact us at contact@cnyhiking.com.


Here are some tips to help you be prepared on your hiking/backpacking/camping adventure --> 

  • Wrap some duct tape on your hiking pole so you have it available for any emergency!
  • Throw some dryer lint in a zip lock baggie to use as a fire starter. Don't forget matches!
  • Do you have hand or foot warmers in your backpack?  Even in the summer!
  • Don't wear cotton in the winter! Or at any time of the year while hiking!
  • Do you have enough water?  What about a high energy snack?
  • Did you tell someone your hiking plans and when to expect you?

Be sure to check yourself for ticks!

Be very wary of high grass and use our tips below. You can minimize your chances of exposure to ticks by following a few simple steps:

  • stay toward the center of trails and away from brush as well as high grass
  • tuck pant legs inside socks and/or wear gaiters
  • wear light-colored clothing (makes spotting ticks easier)
  • use insect repellant (at least 40% deet) and don't forget to spray your pants, socks plus your boots as well.
  • search all those places that ticks love to hide: in your hair, under your arms, between your legs, behind the knees, and even in your belly button
  • Put the clothes you wore on your hike in the dryer, and tumble them on high heat

Be sure to check your pets as well for ticks. It's a good idea to contact your health care provider if you find any attached to you.


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Every effort has been made to make the information on this website as accurate and useful as possible.  However, many things can change over time and can create discrepancies on the website.  If you experience a discrepancy due to a change we have no control over, we apologize.  Please let us know so we can update the website and others do not have the same experience!

This website was meant as a guide to assist fellow outdoor enthusiasts choose and plan their hiking adventures.  This website does not guarantee that all this information is 100% correct and can not guarantee your safety on the trails.  You hike at your own risk and no one from this website is liable for any property loss or damage, personal injury, or any unfortunate death that may result from accessing or hiking any trails described on this website.

Please be aware that hiking can result in injuries, sometimes serious.  If your not careful on your hike or not properly prepared, it can be a matter of life or death in some instances. This website is not affiliated to any trail or hiking club.