Nice trail system. Midweek only saw one other hiker. Quiet and serene. Not recommended for anyone with health issues as there are some moderate climbs and descents. Once leaves come off the ridgeline views should improve. If looking for more distance this loop combines with flt.
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.