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hiking
27 days ago

This is a beautiful trail and well maintained. However, we completely missed the turn where the Spanish Loop Trail splits from the FLT (the midpoint of the loop on the map). coming from the counterclockwise direction, the trail is BEHIND you. Unless you are really watching for it it is easy to miss (on shared part the blazes are white. At the split the blazes turn orange, behind you, which is also where a check in box for the FLT is located). We ended up doing an extra mile on the FLT before checking the map again and realizing we were off the loop. It would be useful to add a marker or sign with an arrow pointing the hiker to turn around at that point to stay on the loop. Or adding dual orange/white blazes on the shared section of the trail so it's more obvious when you're off trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a gorgeous trail, so many beautiful sights! Found it kind of hard to find the trail head so basically I would suggest parking in the very open parking lot to the right once you get the the location, and just crossing the road! It was pretty empty to me, but I also just came after a rain storm so that may have been why. Definitely want to come back and explore more of the trails here!

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Great loop trail, however if you follow the red trail, which is part of this loop, I would rate it as moderate. Well marked, enjoy the stream crossings.

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Fun walk in the woods with some minor climbs. Mostly peaceful, some brooks to cross although most were dry when we were here (July). Good place for a run. Nothing mind blowing, but good solitude.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked this solo the day after July 4th and didn’t run into a soul. It was a good walk , the trails and makers were in good shape, and I loved finding the chairs about 1/2 way through. My only issue was the 2 road marches down Daisy Hollow Road at the start (I hiked the loop counterclockwise) and then from Adams turning up Owego Hill Road (This is not apparent on the All Trails map). I don’t have a copy of the FLT trails maps for the area but plan to get one ASAP and hopefully the trails are better marked on that. Overall though it was a good day and a worthwhile trail!

on Jim Schug Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hiking trail. No inclines, go by a lake, might even see a pair of bald eagles by the lake.

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muddy
3 months ago

Very easy to get lost. Make sure to follow the marks on the trees. You have to cross the streams several times so bring your ugly shoes. Very quite and scenic. Highly recommend !!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The experience is lovely, but the trail is not marked well for me. Ended up getting lost and had a hard time finding my way back.

cross country skiing
6 months ago

A few steep spots for beginners but nothing you can’t walk if necessary. Great trail!

Friends and I took our kids, including a four and a six year old, on a warmish day in January. There was enough mud, stream crossings, and slippery leaf cover on steepish slopes to make the trail feel kid unfriendly. It was a little much for them, but I think that wouldn’t be the case in the drier summer and fall months when the ground would be easier to walk upon. I found it a great trail myself, perfect for taking a decent yet not-too-long walk without having to backtrack.

hiking
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

North entrance. Nice board walk to the woods. Great view of the wetlands which are critical to wildlife. I appreciated the benches. We saw dozens of bright orange salamanders and a tiny toad in the woods. Unfortunately the mosquitos and flies were out in full force. Having a hat helped, as did insect repellent. 2.4 miles was a short hike but I would go back late September, early October. I would probably extend my hike into Hammond State Forest. The North entrance is the first entrance on Irish Settlement rd coming from Rt 13. Just past Hammond Hill rd.

We stumbled across this site using All Trails and were glad we did. We were in the area and looking for a short trail run and hike and this was perfect. It is a quiet forested area with opportunities for wildlife and peace. A local poet has posted some of their works throughout the system which was neat too. The main loop is about 1.5 miles and there are two shorter loops so you can easily cover about 3 miles or so if you do all three. We spotted a large owl and some neat salamanders/newts on our run. The trail is well marked and easy for trail running. There is a little elevation gain as well. Would definitely go back if we are ever in the area again.

One my most favorite spots to just unwind. Would recommend this one to anyone

hiking
Saturday, February 17, 2018

An excellent trail that is usually not busy. You start with a strange walk alongside the power plant, but quickly dive into the trees and can enjoy the quiet babbling of the creek running next to the trail. There are a couple different sized loops and they are minimally strenuous, but there are a couple good, short climbs that can get your heart rate up. I would definitely recommend this hike, especially around sunset.

hiking
Saturday, February 17, 2018

Important Note: There are two Roy H. Park Preserve parking areas on Irish Settlement. This review is for the one that starts at the South lot. They are about 3/4 of a mile apart - The North lot starts with walk across a boardwalk through a marsh, and the South lot starts with a walk through some trees and small meadows. The South lot trail is a beautiful short trail that I would say is an Easy loop of about 1.5 miles. Mostly flat land with beautiful bird activity, especially in the mornings. There are several side branches to the loop that head over to Sixmile Creek at various points, one that heads over to an open lean-to and baby gorge, the other goes down to a swimming hole on private property. Generally they don't mind if you swim, just be respectful and don't leave trash. A great hidden gem that is generally unused or extremely low traffic for being so close to Ithaca.

hiking
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

great trail easy to get lost in your thoughts on this trail

hiking
Sunday, February 11, 2018

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.

hiking
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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...

on Hammond Hill Trail

hiking
Saturday, December 30, 2017

We did this hike in December 20 degree weather and snow about 4-5 inches of snow. Beautiful trail. moderately trafficked not only by hikers but cross country skiers and by people snowshoeing. a very peaceful trail not too much elevation and great for begginers! loved the snowy wooden scenery. the trails are easily marked.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Trails are very well maintained pleasant hike but I can't see it as a moderate hike, easy at most.

walking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

A lovely walk through wetlands and forest that will bring you to the Hammond Hill trail system.

on Spanish Loop Trail

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday, May 19, 2014

It has mountain biking trails as well, lots of hill, lots if mud, tons if fun :)

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Easy but slightly confusing trail markers. Be sure you take a map or you could easily get lost.

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