We handle the details so you can enjoy secluded trails, private waterfalls, and Adirondack lean-to’s.
Here are a few reasons for you to choose Trail Otter:
Minimize Risk: We know trail conditions & wilderness first aid, we’ll inform you on how to dress for conditions, what to bring, and what to use to keep disease-carrying bugs away. We even have satellite communication capabilities for those with no cell phone reception areas, just in case.
Companionship: You won’t get lost & you’ll have someone with you if something unexpected happens.
Full Gear Store: You can purchase the 10 Essentials and other gear to enjoy your time outdoors.
Regional Knowledge: Learn about local history, geology, plants, animals, waterways, fossils, local village vibes, and weather.
Personalized Tour Options: In addition to scheduled tours, we can customize a personal tour to your availability, ability, and comfort level.
Local Community Networking: We love to share our favorite places to eat, drink, stay, shop, and where to have even more fun in the Genesee River Valley so you’ll feel like a local.
Safety is our #1 concern for you, our guides, and the environment. All our guides are CPR Red Cross certified and Bill has completed Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training. Trail Otter provides all clients with a Personal Information Sheet to carry with them in the event of an emergency. We take great care to accurately describe trip & tour difficulty, physical requirements and provide expected weather conditions. But with all things inherent with Mother Nature, our anticipated experience may be quite different from on-trail conditions. Trail Otter guides will monitor conditions and modify trips to protect our clients as much as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot eliminate all risks or guarantee complete safety.
Depending on the type of trip or tour, we mix in a combination of skill-building, plant identification, camp setup, fossil hunting, knot tying, history, and cooking on the trail. We love to share hard-earned tips and tricks to make our trips & tours more fun and your future adventures more enjoyable.
Absolutely! Everyone at Trail Otter started out as a rookie/noob/scaredy-cat, so we understand how intimidating hiking and backpacking can be. Stop in our store or give us a call to discuss what you may need in terms of skills and gear so you’ll feel more confident and less apprehensive to go exploring.
Yes., we love taking clients on private tours! It allows us to customize your abilities and desires to fit an amazing experience. With our extensive knowledge of the Genesee River Valley & Letchworth State Park, we can provide private hiking tours for beginner, intermediate and advanced hikers & backpackers. See hidden gems and fantastic views few visitors see from paved roads. Call us to discuss what type of private tour you’d like to have.
Yes, we offer skill-building classes at our store and include skill building on select hiking tours and all backpacking trips. We take our time teaching you each skill so you’re no longer intimidated, then give you plenty of practice time to test your new knowledge and ask additional questions.
Yes, please call us to discuss which skills you’d like us to learn and we’ll put together a custom plan.
WHO ARE YOUR GUIDES?
Like anyone who first steps into the wilderness, we were also apprehensive about what we’d find and looked to others to provide assistance with gear, skills and avoiding danger.
TRAIL (n.): a track made by passage especially through a wilderness, hopefully ending where you parked your vehicle
Otter (n.): any of various largely aquatic carnivorous mammals that love to have fun and cause hearty laughter
TRAIL Otter (n.): a human having the most fun they can in the wilderness!
Probably our most asked question: LESTER (we can blame the British). We’ve had some entertaining attempts, including LIE-Ches-ter (similar to RAH-Ches-ter), LEE-ster, and LIE-Ches-ter-ville (our friend Dave cracks up every time he says it).
We’re a fun outdoor store specializing in hiking, camping and backpacking gear. The Genesee River Valley is overflowing with beautiful landscapes providing fantastic hiking, biking and paddling experiences. If you’re a person who would rather be hiking in Letchworth, camping at Stony Brook State Park, or backpacking in the Adirondacks, Trail Otter is your kind of store.
Need gear? We have backpacks, day packs, tents, hammocks, sleeping bags, hiking poles, dehydrated food, headlamps, fire starters, first aid kits, maps, books, binoculars, really cool Darn Tough & Injinji socks and so much more.
Want to adventure with a guide? Our hiking tours and backpacking trips include an experienced guide who will lead you through your experience and provide gear for your enjoyment and safety.
We can also create custom hikes, adventures, and skill-building classes for your school, company, or community group.
Located in the geographical center of Western New York and the Finger Lakes, Trail Otter is two minutes from the north end of Letchworth State Park, conveniently nestled between New York City, Niagara Falls, and Toronto Canada in Leicester, NY.
Stop by our store on Main Street, right next to the railroad tracks. Or give us a call to arrange an outdoor adventure in beautiful Upstate New York.