A challenging trail. Lots of ups and downs and I made the mistake of not bringing enough water. If it had been hotter would have not been able to complete the trail. It's very well marked in most places and shouldn't be a problem keeping on trail. There are some pretty challenging inclines but makes for great cardio. Bring plenty of water and allow about 4 hours to do the whole loop.
Pretty difficult for a novice in 85F and humid weather, but very doable. To make the entire loop, you must hike a stretch of the Finger Lakes Trail. Some downed trees at this time, but navigating around them is simple and doesn't make you go off the trail too much.
We would probably go again in the fall to take in the new colors. The low valley in the middle of the loop is very serene with a small stream.
Great trail... Great challenge when slippery with leaves. Beautiful sights all around and very quiet. It true that Abbott Loop is 8.4 miles but the orange blazes turn into white as the trail meets up with the FLT and there is still 1.6 miles to go to finish the loop and get back to the parking area. 10 miles total....
I hiked this loop this past weekend. I started out on the FLT near Diane's Crossing, hiked to the top and camped near the pinnacles, and then Saturday morning hiked the rest of the loop. Overall it was a great hike! There were a few places that I got off the trail due to the orange blazes missing, or blending into the surrounding foliage. Not sure why the discrepancy, but my GPS logged around 10 miles for the loop including the length of the FLT that intersects it.
A very nice hike in Danby State Forest. Yesterday was a beautiful fall day sunny and relatively warm (52 F); dead leaves everywhere which made finding the trail, at time, a little difficult but it is relatively well marked (although spotting orange markers on tree in the fall can be tricky at time!). Relatively easy hike that can be completed under 3 hours.
If you're looking for solitude & a peaceful walk in the woods, this trail is for you! I did not see another soul the entire hike. Agreed with other reviews that the trail could stand to be marked better in a few places. I came out onto the road & couldn't find where the trail picked up again. I walked the country road back to my car, but would've rather been in the woods.
This is a great hike - has many elevation changes, things to see and the smells of spring in the forest. One of my favorite hikes. This was my third hike here and I finally made it all the way. Very challenging hike but worth every minute. I took several 20 minute breaks to enjoy views or rest and re-hydrate. Had to hustle near the end as my phone battery was near dead. Gotta get a portable charging device for longer hikes or overnights in the ADK.
Nice hike. Didn't see anyone else on it. Took just about 4 hrs to complete. The ridge was nice but really couldn't see all that much with the leaves on the trees. Got stung by a couple of bees in one section by the creek but the flip side of that is it helped speed things up.
This was a nice hike. A little strenuous in places but over all not that bad. The lookout was great, the view spanned for miles. If your looking for a nice quiet and peaceful hike this is the place to go. This hike is 8.4 miles long and takes about 4 hours to compete.