Spanish Loop Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Spanish Loop Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dryden, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
826 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

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5 months ago

The corrected map above is now accurate. Please note that the correct route of the Spanish Loop is officially measured at 6.1 miles; the incorrect 5.5 miles shown above is the mileage for the Spanish Loop prior to the 2015 reroute, which added 0.6 miles to the route. I should mention that a good deal of the Spanish Loop Trail is on private land, not Kennedy State Forest (not Park); only 1.5 miles of the Spanish Loop (plus the FLT portion of the loop) are in Kennedy State Forest.

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5 months ago

I am the trail sponsor responsible for maintaining this trail. In 2015, it was rerouted and the map above is now correct. However, it is now officially 6.1 miles long (the 5.5 miles shown above is the distance of the old route, prior to the 2015 reroute) and traverses areas too beautiful to merit the two-star rating given by the previous reviewer. One such area is the magnificent hemlock forest on the main FLT portion of the loop. Another is the wonderful Mercedes Springs area, which is on the newly rerouted section; it is so beautiful that the state DEC actually gave us permission to install two Adirondack chairs for those wanting to enjoy this mossy, semi-vertical main spring longer than just at a glance. Since my wife and I are the creators of this loop, I, of course, give it five stars!

5 months ago

This trail mapped on this page may be out of date. Following the orange trailblazers going counter-clockwise, the Spanish loop turns east off of Oswego Hill road at 42.45650,-76.21401 (about a quarter mile from the AdamsRd-OswegoHillRd junction). It joins the Finger Lake Trail after about 1.5 miles. I mean, if you want to walk on a straight road for 20 minutes, just follow this map and the gray trailblazers on Oswego Hill road. But the orange trailblazers and the FTL online map tell a different story...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Nice long hike. Very well marked. We expected just over 5 miles ended up just over 7 miles.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Friday, July 05, 2013

Hike the Spanish loop in a counter clockwise direction. You will be glad towards the end, the last 3/4 mile is downhill.

Today's weather was 90 plus degrees with high humidity. Very taxing but loved the hike.

Parking is well marked at the trailhead - roadside. You can also make this a very long end to end by using the FLT/NCT trail to Virgil Mtn. with the Foxfire lean to use for camping.

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5 months ago

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

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Saturday, November 07, 2015