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Cuyler Hill State Forest
Figure 8 Loop
A great 4.8 mile loop hike that utilizes 2.3 miles of seasonal dirt roads and 2.5 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail in Cuyler Hill State Forest. This moderate hike features scenic Wiltsey Glen and has an elevation gain of 671 feet.
After parking along Randall Hill Road near the crossing the the FLT/NCT, the first half of this hike is a pleasant walk along forest roads aka "truck trails" in Cuyler Hill State Forest. Enjoy the diversity of the forest and the surprising open fields to the views into deep ravines.
FLT/NCT at Potter Hill-Cemetery Road, south of Jipson Hill Rd aka Klondike Rd
After reaching the crossing of the FLT/NCT at 2.3 miles at Potter Hill-Cemetery Road, your hike along the white blazed trail begins as a descent and then a tough climb toward a crossing of Potter Hill-Cemetery Road. Here the trail climbs 240 feet in elevation before crossing the dirt road.
You see evidence of recent logging as the you continue to follow the white blazes. The grand finale for this hike is just 0.3 miles before the end of the hike. A scenic Wiltsey Glen awaits you.
Campsite in Wiltsey Glen
Directions: From Truxton, NY take NY 13 North and turn right just past the "Cuyler" sign, then another right onto Linklaen Rd. Turn right on Cuyler Hill Rd and then left on Enzes Rd (Seasonal Dirt Road). Take Enzes Rd to the end and veer left onto Randall Hill Rd aka Linklaen Hill Rd (no signs).
In less than a half mile you will see where the Finger Lakes Trail/North Country Trail crosses the road. Park on the shoulder here. This is the trailhead. GPS coordinates are N42 40.890 W75 54.680
Mile Elevation Description 0.0 1781 ft
Continue down the dirt Randall Hill Rd.
0.4 1836 ft
Large field on left.
0.5 1857 ft
Large ravine on right is the start of Wiltsey Glen.
0.6 1868 ft
At 4-corners turn right on dirt Potter Hill-Cemetery Rd (no Signs).
1.5 1813 ft
The Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail crosses the road. Continue straight on the forest road.
2.2 1684 ft
Jipson Hill Road aka Klondike Rd is on your left. Continue straight.
2.3 1682 ft
Turn left on the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail. Follow white blazes.
2.4 1658 ft
Cross Jipson Hill Road aka Klondike Rd.
2.7 1573 ft
Lowest point along this loop hike. Begin to ascend.
3.15 1813 ft
Cross Potter Hill-Cemetery Rd.
3.25 1832 ft
Cross new logging road.
3.35 1859 ft
Orange blazed trail is on your right.
4.45 1716 ft
Wiltsey Glen. Camping area on your right.
4.75 1781 ft
Reach Randall Hill and the end of this loop hike.
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