Great scenery the whole way. Very peaceful. Took my dog, he enjoyed cooling off in the streams along the way. Only saw one other person, and it wasn’t until the very end, when we were almost back to the car. Some mud, LOTS of bugs. Glad I brought my bug spray. Don’t agree with “hard” rating. An easy “moderate” rating is probably more realistic.

Have taken this loop many times. Take the loop section (about 2.5 miles) to the FLT connection to either return for the loop or extend the hike as an out n back.

This is a beautiful walk. The dogs had a great time too.
Finding the trail head is difficult. It is before the towers.
Also the trail is washed out big time in one area. New signage needs to go up. By the ravine it is a bit confusing but we finally found the orange and got back on track.
A good walk, definitely a moderate + hike.

backpacking
7 months ago

Camped for 1 night. The camp site was small but quite flat and comfortable. We just caught the last bit of beautiful autumn leaves!

Gorgeous views. Went after a couple days of straight rain so there was quite a bit of mud and you could see where the trail had turned into a stream during the rain. Read reviews online saying that the trail gets confusing.. couldn't figure out what they were talking about at first. Figured out why about a mile in. Trail does definitely get confusing. Still an awesome hike.

Don't forget, a portion of Connecticut Hill is so called "haunted".

Had a lot of fun on this trail. Got off course for almost a mile and had to turn back to the orange/red trail. Great for my dogs!! Did not run into anyone on the trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Trail gets a little tricky in spots, make sure ya pay attention to the trail markers!

trail running
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wear bug spray!! Lots of bugs (standing water) throughout the loop. This was my first time taking the trail and got a bit confused at times so I'd recommend going with a friend and checking out a map periodically. Overall a fun place to run or hike and I only saw one other person the whole time (mid week). Hills weren't very steep, I'd allow 3 hours to complete.

Monday, February 06, 2017

pretty simple and beautiful trail. still water turns to flowing. follows the stream.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Great hike! I haven't been out in quite a while, so it was a moderately difficult trail for me. Great views most of the loop. I recommend starting by going up the road portion of the orange trail and ending on the white along the creek.

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great trail and for this 53 year old I would rate it slightly above moderate. There were a couple of stream crossings I had to bushwhack around as they were too steep for me with my pack on with photo gear. I was confused on the direction of the trail so this might help others. Park by the towers and walk back down the road and take the FLT on the same side as the towers. Just a few hundred feet in turn left of the White blazes and take the Orange. Keep going until you see the mailbox and this is the loop junction. You can go straight or turn left and just follow the Orange blazes. Watch closely as a couple of spots the blazes are tricky to see. A great hike with a nice little stream at the low point. Ignore my time on my recording as I stopped and set up a tripod and took some pics. Also I walked off the trail a bit to take some shots so my distance might be a bit longer also.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

This was a VERY difficult trail to complete, not because of the terrain but because it is not a well marked trail and VERY easy to get off the correct path. The Google gps has different coordinates than the trail actually is, so I couldn't rely on that and it got me lost for about an hour and a half. I recommend you go with someone's who's done it before. A lot of the trail is up hill and I swear it was up hill starting and finishing. A frustrating hike for me but the woods are beautiful.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Moderate difficulty in fair weather. Beautiful 3-4 hour walk.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

This was a nice hike as a backup plan yesterday. I had planned to do Slide Mtn in the Catskills but it seemed like it would be too wet in that direction. There were some nice inclines on the Van Lone loop but nothing over 30 or 35 degrees. So I would say the difficulty of 'hard' is a bit much. I managed this hike fine without a walking stick so I'd say 'moderate' at most. The straight part of the trail was a dirt access road so not as hikey as I likey. But overall it was a very nice hike with good scenery.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Mostly well-marked and where it wasn't, we had a brief feeling of adventure. Relaxing, entirely wooded, shady, some decent climbs, devoid of other people.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Well-marked, well-traveled trail for the most part but not clear where to divert from the access road when making the 5.8 mile loop. Drought conditions had the river bed virtually dry and stagnant water made for a few bugs. Decent incline at times but no real vistas. Not a bad trip from Ithaca (35 minutes).

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Awesome trail! We went on a day that it rained so no one else was on the trail. Well worth the trip.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The whole trail is very scenic. We personally got a bit confused at the end of the straight path, but we ended up ok. Trail keeper is very polite. Careful on where you park your car, because it could mean quite the climb at the end or at the beginning!

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Nice clean trails, minimal people, a hidden gem!

hiking
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hiked this loop with the family today. I really enjoyed this trail. Personally, I would rate this hike as moderate instead of hard. There were some challenging climbs but easy enough to do while carrying a toddler on our back. I will definitely be hiking this trail again and again!

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

Lovely loop. There was a creek crossing that was a bit steep and challenging with a child, but other than that, very family friendly.

fishing
Monday, September 07, 2015

Great hike, bring bug juice. The scenery was excellent

hiking
Saturday, August 01, 2015

The beginning of the hike along the water was really nice. When we turned up to do the climb the terrain got really muddy (it had rained in the morning but nothing crazy) We had fun trekking through the mud and trying to stay on the trail. There were some parts we had to check the map to make sure we were still going the right way. An adventure hike for sure, don't forget your bug spray!

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Great walk down the creek to start then turned up the hill for a little up hill time. At about the 3 mil mark or a little more we took the orange trial to return us to gulf road (6 miles total). Trail was marked but a little tough at times to follow if it is the first time you have hiked there. We took our 3 year old collie mix and he loved the water. There were no other people around all day. Great hike

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wouldnt rate this as a difficult, pretty flat with moderate inclines. sure it would be much prettier with everything in bloom!

hiking
Monday, March 30, 2015

This is a beautiful hike with some climbing but is a definite must do! The trail follows alone the Finger Lakes Trail and then loops back to Gulf Rd on a orange blazed trail. The FLT section of trail meanders along a gorgeous creek and crosses two old trellis bridges, from the second bridge the trail starts climbing up and eventually reaches the trail register which is where the FLT intersects with the Orange blazed trail.

hiking
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Great 6 mile loop, intense climbs in some places, beautiful canopy covered trail with plentiful water features. This trail is well marked and not crowded in the least!

hiking
Sunday, September 29, 2013

A gorgeous way to spend a couple of hours hiking in the woods! The leaves have started to change color and although we are probably two weeks from peak colors there were some nice mixes of green, yellow, and red.

hiking
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This is a good ol' walk in the woods. I don't remember that it was difficult. The roads to the trailhead had deep ruts which made me glad I drove the Yukon. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and recommend this hike.

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