Portage Trail #6 is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hunt, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.6 miElevation gain288 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViewsWaterfallBridge outMuddyOver grown
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Bring hiking boots and a walking stick. There are 2 areas that are or can be somewhat muddy. The 1st muddy area is towards the end of the upper part, and the 2nd muddy area is as you are approaching the foot bridge.

Note: This trail is currently closed for maintenance. For more information, please see https://parks.ny.gov/parks/letchworth/details.aspx You can use the Parade Grounds Entrance (closed winters) off of Portage Street (East side of the Park) to access the trail. Continue on the Parade Grounds entrance road and pass the parade grounds on the left. There is a small parking area (maybe for about 10 cars) on the leftside of the road at the Portage Trail Trailhead which is about 3/10 of a mile from the parade grounds. If you are on the West Side of the park, there is a bridge that can be crossed to access the Portage Trail. From the west side, use the Castile Entrance but you must find the correct trail from that side.

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Tim Britton
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Fun little hike. Perfect for families or couples & older hikers. Took 6 to 6a then returned same way. Muddy on 6a near the stairs, but worth passing thru the mud to get on the bridge. Could keep going to the other side of the park. We drove around & went into the south entrance to do all the "car hiking".

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Cora Mason
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Becky Mack
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Rachel Thomas
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HikingMuddy

Relatively short and easy hike, beautiful views. Was quite packed, but what can you expect with peak fall foliage. The steps to get down to the bridge were extremely muddy and lots of people were slipping. The view in my opinion is worth it though.

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Joseph Kurtz
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Alex Alex Whiteside
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Cassie Bunker
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Nice, easy hike. Small change in elevation. Some mud when you get closer to the bridge. If you continue over the bridge and hike the other side you can get to middle falls (60 minutes) and upper falls (an additional 7 minutes). Beautiful colors!

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Doug Holcomb
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A nice hike with some good views. Yes it was muddy down by the footbridge. Watch the lower steps. I saw another hiker slip on the mud on the step. Overall enjoyable.

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Bakar Ali
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Sierra Strine
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Cool trail with stairs and a waterfall and some views

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Meredith Gandelman
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Amazing views! Definitely worth it!

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Ally Brion
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HikingMuddy

Trail was reopened when we went 7/24/20, gets muddy in spots, but some beautiful views of the falls, gorge, and a neat stone bridge.

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Emily Hete
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We found the trail closed due to apparent construction. Barricade, police tape, and chains at entrance on 05/21/20.

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Elise Vincett
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So sorry to find the bridge across the Genesee R. closed, and yet many were slip, slidin', and away, despite the signs. The trail needs T.L.C, and a serious masonry upgrade.

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Nechael Lewandowski
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Emily & Roy Brown
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So many, SO MANY BUGS! Do not attempt without bug spray. I seldom use bug spray on my long hikes, but these bugs are ravenous! The trail is kind of “meh” to be honest. If they ever get the footbridge repaired it would be worth it, but otherwise I would say skip this trail. Also steep drop offs on the gorge side. Fine for adults but I would not want to bring small children or dogs off leash on this trail.

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Jitka A.
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Little too close to the ridge, for you who are afraid of heights, but otherwise nice trail to the bridge and back (up the hill!)

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Michael Reeve
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What a great short hike, portage to the foot bridge. Breath taking views of the falls and the foot bridge over the Genesee river. Easy for kids and new hikers.

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Joseph Danza
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This is the #6 Trail - Portage Trail at Letchworth State Park. Heading out from the trailhead, the trail is mostly downhill towards the river, so obviously, the return trip is mostly uphill. The trail is somewhat muddy at 2 different spots, one muddy spot was by the footbridge at the bottom, so appropriate footwear is necessary. The trail may be difficult for smaller dogs. There are some overlooks into the canyon during the upper part of the trail, and the views from which and from the footbridge make this a very good trail.

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James Catalfamo
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THIS PARK IS OUTSTANDING!

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Russ Marchese
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Ian Edmister
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Ryan Bauer
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Janene Baase
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Katy Kuczek
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Ling Zhou
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Jim Miller
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Luke Nelson
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