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April 5 - Second Hike

Chestnut Lean To


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Date:  April 5, 2010

Length of hike 2.2 miles

Location:  Danby State Forest

Trailhead:  Parking area on corner of Bald Hill Rd & Comfort Rd

Trailhead Coordinates:  N42 19.578 W76 29.894

Name of Trail:  Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail

Hike Difficulty:  Easy

Elevation Gain:  269 feet

Trail Conditions:  Well marked, easy to follow, some wet spots and blow downs. 

Features:  Chestnut Lean To (N42 19.655 W76 29.281)

Links:  Western Section of FLT/NCT in Danby State Forest (up to Danby Road)

Our second hike on Monday was in Danby State Forest near Ithaca.  We decided to do a video of the FLT/NCT from Comfort Road to the Chestnut Lean To.  We parked at the parking area on the corner of Bald Hill Road and Comfort Road.  This is 0.1 miles south of the FLT/NCT trail crossing of Bald Hill Road.  This is a much better place to park than on the side of Comfort Road at the point where the FLT/NCT leaves the road and enters Danby State Forest.

The FLT/NCT at Bald Hill Road

There are numerous options available to anyone wanting to explore this area.  You could walk down the old jeep trail to pick up the FLT/NCT past the lean to and walk back toward the lean to then back up to Bald Hill Road.  You can walk down Comfort Road to where the FLT/NCT enters the forest. 

Here's what we decided to do:

From the parking area on the corner of Bald Hill Road and Comfort Road, walk south along Bald Hill Road.  At 0.1 miles reach the crossing of the FLT/NCT and turn left following the white blazes.  At 0.5 miles reach Comfort Road and turn around retracing your steps back to Bald Hill Road, crossing the paved road at 0.9 miles. 

Footbridge near Chestnut Lean To

The now descends as you make your way to Chestnut Lean To.  At 1.5 miles you reach a "T" where the FLT/NCT turns right and an orange blazed side trail leads left toward the lean to.  Pass a tenting area on your left, cross a small stream on a footbridge and reach the lean to.  Simply retrace your steps to Bald Hill Road and at 2.1 miles reach the paved road.  Turn left and follow the road back to your vehicle.  This is a simple 2.2 mile hike.

There is a video and map of this hike below.

Directions:  From Ithaca, NY 96B to Danby, turn right on Bald Hill Road and follow Road to parking area at corner of Comfort Road.


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