MODERATE 5 MILE HIKE WITH INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF LETCHWORTH STATE PARK If you’ve been to the “busy” side of Letchworth, let us take you to the “quiet” side to show you our favorite hike in the park. This mostly flat four mile hike will take us to the Finger Lakes Trail. We’ll hike approximately five miles round trip, travel past The Hogback, traverse many gullies that drain the hillsides, pass through woodland tundras, and the final destination has an incredible view of water, woods and sky. Often times we see a multitude of our winged friends, including bald eagles, turkey vultures, osprey and many songbirds. The view at the end of the hike is unlike any in the park - truly breathtaking!
Difficulty: This is rated easy/moderate - easy trail, moderate in length.
Length: 4 miles, out and back.
Estimated Time: 3 Hours, but may be longer because of hiker speed, trail conditions or unexpected event.
Private Tours: Group tours are scheduled for Monday’s, but private tours are available. Call us for availability.
Refund/Cancellation policy: This hike is rain or shine. For all day hikes you may cancel up to twenty four (24) hours before start time for a full refund. If hike is canceled by Trail Otter due to adverse weather conditions, you will have the option to reschedule or a full refund.
Where to Meet: We ask that you meet us at the Mt. Morris Dam Visitor Center parking lot on Visitor Center Road in Mt. Morris. This location is on the east side of Letchworth, and off Mt. Morris-Nunda Road (or Chapel St. in Mt. Morris). Please meet twenty minutes before your scheduled hike to ensure liability forms are complete and you are prepared for the hike.
What to Bring/Wear: Depending on the weather, bring seasonally appropriate clothing. Avoid cotton, especially socks - wool or synthetic socks are best. Bring a change of footwear and socks for your car ride home just in case it is wet or muddy. Bring water for hydration. If you are accustomed to using hiking poles for balance, they will work great for this hike.
Summer & Early Fall: we highly recommend long pants, as there are plants that may make you very itchy.
Winter & Early Spring: ice and snow melt much slower in the gorge. Microspikes or similar products and/or snowshoes may be required. We will advise you conditions and requirements before your cold weather adventure.
Bugs: Mosquitoes will be present in the spring/summer/fall so any deet product works best but use anything you’re comfortable with on your body. Ticks are now everywhere in the Genesee Valley and can be active any time of year. Use permethrin on your boots and deet on your body for the best protection.
Dogs: We love ‘em, but unfortunately they are not allowed on this hike because of mountain bike traffic.