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Hiking in Cortland County
Taylor Valley State Forest
Length: 4.2 miles
Rating: Easy to moderate
Location: Taylor Valley State Forest (East of McGraw, NY)
Highlights: Mount Roderick, winter views of Taylor Valley, old foundations & grave site
Directions: From McGraw, NY - Follow NY 41 South to the small town of Solon. Turn left onto Telephone Rd (NY 41 veers right, Telephone is almost straight). Take first left (little over a mile) and then another quick left onto a seasonal dirt road. This is a Cortland 2 Road and is not plowed. After a half mile you will see where the FLT/NCT crosses the road. Park on the left shoulder.
FLT/NCT on Mount Roderick
Mile Elevation Description 0.0 1710 ft
Continue down the dirt Cortland Two Rd.
0.8 1787 ft
Cross old dirt (grassy) road, continue straight.
1.1 1698 ft
Cross stream on bridge.
2.0 1806 ft
Reach the white blazed Finger Lakes/North Country Trail and turn right on trail.
2.1 1809 ft
Some winter views on your left for next mile.
3.1 1804 ft
Trail register on left.
3.6 1900 ft
Reach top of Mount Roderick.
3.9 1845 ft
Begin steep descent to Cortland Two Road.
4.2 1710 ft
Reach dirt Cortland Two Road and end of this loop hike.
Sudden snow storm on the FLT/NCT near Mount Roderick in the Taylor Valley State Forest. Picture taken at 2:45pm.
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