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Our 2010 Hikes - June 21

Bristol Hills Trail
DeWolfe Section

DeWolfe Rd to Wood Hill Jump Off


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Date:  June 21, 2010

Length of hike 1.2 miles round trip

Location:  West Italy Hill near Naples, NY on private property

Trailhead:  DeWolfe Road

Trailhead Coordinates:  N42 36.888 W77 19.147

Name of Trails:  Bristol Hills Trail

Hike Difficulty:  Easy

Hike Elevation Gain: 68 feet

Trail Conditions:  Easy to follow and marked trails.

Features:  Views from West Italy Hill, scenic pond, open field, Wood Hill Jump Off

Links: Bristol Hills Trail - Hi Tor WMA to Italy Hill State Forest

Spectacular views with an elevation change of only 68 feet on a round trip hike of only 1.2 miles?  Sounds to good to be true?  We're not kidding.  This tremendous section of the Bristol Hills Trail is on West Italy Hill located near Naples, NY and is sometimes referred to as the "DeWolfe Section". 

The 50+ mile Bristol Hills Trail is part of the 900+ mile Finger Lakes Trail System.  The orange blazed Bristol Hills Trail travels from its northern terminus at Ontario County Park, through Naples, NY and on to it's southern terminus at the main Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail near Mitchellsville, NY.  It's a great long weekend backpacking hike.  You can help support this trail by purchasing official Bristol Hills Trail maps from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference or volunteer!

This hike starts at the end of DeWolfe Road near Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, another place worth exploring while your in the area and home to Conklin's Gully.  At the yellow Bristol Hills sign, follow the orange blazes.  The trail follows the abandoned section of DeWolfe Road, which is in a large open field affording spectacular views to the surrounding hills.  After just a few hundred feet of hiking you reach a scenic little pond on your left.  After 1500 feet of hiking the views begin.  Wider and wider the view becomes the further you hike.  A tree offers welcomed shade on hot days.

At 0.3 miles reach seasonal dirt Wood Hill Road and turn left, following the rough road.  Watch out for the steel cable that stretches across the trail!!!  At 0.4 miles turn right off the dirt road at a gate.  You'll see the yellow Bristol Hills Trail sign.  The trail now winds its way to the amazing view from the Wood Hill Jump Off, reached at 0.6 miles. 

After enjoying the view, simply retrace your steps back to your vehicle.  Look below for pictures, a video and map of this great hike.  This easy hike can be enjoyed by all members of the family.

Directions:  From Naples take NY 245 to Parish Hill Rd.  At Lower Rd veer right (still on Parish Hill Rd).  At the sharp left turn the road becomes Shay Road.  Soon turn right on Brink Rd.  Veer left on DeWolfe Road and drive to end of road.  Park on the shoulder of dirt road.

Pictures from the Bristol Hill Trail - DeWolfe Section




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