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Hiking in Cortland County
Finger Lakes Trail System
This is a very popular hike that is mostly on private land and partly on state land. Stay on the trails, especially on PRIVATE LAND. This area is also heavily hunted during hunting season. Please take precautions or avoid hiking during hunting season.
Officially this hike is listed as a 5.5 mile loop hike. I came up with 5.0 miles when I gps'd my hike. Either way it's a pleasant hike, however there is some road walking involved. This loop utilizes the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail and Spanish Loop Trail.
There is a 500+ elevation gain for this moderate loop hike. Look below for directions, a map and detailed description of this very popular hike. This trail is part of the 900+ mile Finger Lakes Trail System that runs from Allegany State Park to the Catskills.
This hike is featured in the book Take A Hike - Family Walks in New York's Finger Lakes Region.
NOTE: There was a reroute of this trail in July 2015 that takes the trail off Owego Hill Road and into the woods. We will update the map and info soon.
Orange Blaze of the Spanish Loop Trail
Directions: From Dryden take NY 392 East and right on W Meeting House Rd, then right on Daisy Hollow Rd. There is a parking area where the power lines cross the road. From Virgil take NY 392 West then left on W Meeting House Rd, then right on Daisy Hollow Rd.
Mile Elevation Description 0.0 1403 ft
Parking area on Daisy Hollow Rd. Follow the white blazed Finger Lakes/North Country Trail to the bank of Rowland Creek. Turn left at the triple orange blazes & trail sign, following the Spanish Loop Trail and the orange blazes.
0.1 1391 ft
Cross Daisy Hollow Road and enter tree farm. Junction with blue blazed Irvin Trail on right.
0.4 1527 ft
Junction with yellow blazed Eric's Path on right.
0.55 1661 ft
Junction with blue blazed Irvin Trail. Trail Register.
0.75 1714 ft
Cross gas & power lines and soon reach last junction of Irvin Trail on left.
1.0 1774 ft
1.1 1738 ft
Cross under power lines.
1.4 1779 ft
Blue blazed Tiny Pond Spur Trail on right. Leads 225 feet to pond.
1.5 1762 ft
Reach paved Adams Road and turn left following road. No blazes until Owego Hill Rd.
1.65 1785 ft
Turn left on seasonal dirt Owego Road. Follow dirt road. Parts of road are not blazed.
2.8 1927 ft
Highest point along this hike.
2.9 1913 ft
Reach the crossing of the white blazed Finger Lakes/North Country Trail. Turn left and follow the white blazes.
3.3 1706 ft
Trail begins to follow an upper branch of Rowland Creek.
4.5 1534 ft
Reach Daisy Hollow Rd. Turn left and follow road to parking area.
5.0 1403 ft
Reach parking area on Daisy Hollow Rd and the end of this loop hike.
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