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Finger Lakes Trail
Catskill Forest Preserve
Middle Mountain Wild Forest


Cabot Mountain

 

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This 3.7 mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail follows the red discs of the TouchMeNot Trail in the Middle Mountain Wild Forest section of the Catskill Forest Preserve.  This section of trail begins off Beech Hill Road in a small DEC parking area and begins by following a narrow stretch of the wild forest bordered by private property on both sides.

Soon the trail begins its steep ascent up Cabot Mountain, however the trail is less steep as the trail winds closer to the summit.  At 1.4 miles you reach the 2970 foot summit of Cabot Mountain, however there are no views at the summit.  Continue just over 0.1 mile and you will reach an opening called the Beaverkill Vista.  He you can rest, have lunch or just enjoy the view.

The trail now descends steeply before leveling off, passing the Little Pond Trail on your right.  This trail leads 1.6 miles to Little Pond CampgroundNow the trail ascends again, this time up Touchmenot Mountain.  As you climb you'll pass the Campground Trail on your right that steeply leads 0.9 mile to Little Pond CampgroundThe trail comes within 0.2 mile north of the summit of Touchmenot then begins a long descent to Big Pond Road.

There is an elevation gain of over 1000 feet on this section of the Finger Lakes Trail.  This section of the trail is popular due to the closeness of the state campground and the views from Beaverkill Vista.  You'll find a map, pictures and a detailed description below.

Directions from Syracuse:  This section of the Finger Lakes Trail is over 120 miles away from Syracuse and is more than a 2.5 hour trip.  I-81 south to Exit 8 Whitney Point.  Turn left on US 11 south, then left on NY 26 to a quick right on NY 206.  NY 206 to Downsville then a left on NY 30 north.  Turn right on Beech Hill Road and follow road to the trailhead.

CAMPING:  This section of trail travels near Little Pond State Campground run by the NYDEC.

 

Mile Elevation Trail Description
0.0 2228 feet

From the parking area off Beech Hill Road the trail follows the TouchMeNot Trail.  Trail is level as it is surrounded by private property on both sides.  Follow red discs.

0.2 2266 feet

Begin the steep ascent up Cabot Mountain.

0.6 2789 feet

Ascent isn't as steep.

1.4 2970 feet

Summit of Cabot Mountain.

1.5 2881 feet

Beaverkill Vista.  A great spot to take a break, eat lunch or just relax.

1.6 2883 feet

Begin steep descent.

2.2 2431 feet

Junction of the Little Pond Trail (yellow discs) on your right that leads 1.6 miles to Little Pond Campground.  Begin to ascend Touchmenot Mountain.

2.6 2656 feet

Junction of Campground Trail (blue discs) on your right that leads 0.9 mile to Little Pond Campground.

2.7 2737 feet

High point.  Summit of Touchmenot Mtn is 0.2 mile south off the trail.  Begin long descent to Big Pond.

3.7 1934 feet

Big Pond Road and end of this section.  The FLT turns right and follows road for 0.1 mile and then turns left on a gravel access road.  For a continuation see Big Pond.

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