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From the DEC Fishing Parking area off NY 26, the Finger Lakes Trail climbs steeply 500 feet into Otselic State Forest.  The trail eventually reaches a top height of 1955 feet in the state forest.  On the hike up to the highest point you will find a bench along side the trail.  This is the Winston Braxton Memorial Bench.  This stretch of the Finger Lakes Trail is featured on map M 22 from the FLTC.

The trail also follows an old grassy road for a short period.  The trail crosses many old roads and even an old quarry in the state forest.  The last part of the trail winds through a pine forest before leaving the state forest at seasonal dirt Will Warner Road.  From this point the trail enters private property on its way to Pharsailia WMA.

You can create numerous loop hike options utilizing the FLT and the seasonal dirt roads located in the forest.

While in the area check out Alice's Dowry Bed & Breakfast in Cincinnatus.  It's conveniently located for those looking to hike the Finger Lakes Trail.

 Winston Braxton Memorial Bench
Mile Elevation Finger Lakes Trail Description (West to East)
0.0 1271 feet

Otselic River Trailhead parking area off NY 26 (DEC fishing access).  Follow white blazes

1.1 1751 feet

Cross seasonal dirt Partridge Hill Road

1.2 1767 feet

Trail register

1.5 1642 feet

Turn right on old road

1.8 1639 feet

Turn left off old road into forest

2.3 1734 feet

Trail reaches Raider Hill Rd.  Turn right on road, then shortly turn left off road.

3.6 1823 feet

Cross seasonal dirt Partridge Hill Road

4.0 1784 feet

Cross old road

4.2 1856 feet

Bench on right

4.3 1955 feet

Highest point along Finger Lakes Trail in Otselic State Forest

4.8 1825 feet

Trail register

4.9 1807 feet

Reach Warner Road.  Finger Lakes Trail continues straight ahead into PRIVATE PROPERTY.  For the continuation of the trail see Pharsalia WMA.

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