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Spencer, New York Map
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with a good dispersement of terrain and a nice lookout with a picnic bench for lunch. Would do again!

1 month ago

Did this trail 6-24-18. Was muddy but maintained. Great work out. Is close to 10 miles, not 8.

We started on Michigan Hollow Road, where there is a nice parking area. The trail was very diverse with varied terrain and plant life. You will hike both the valley floor and the hilltops. We went the day after a heavy rain and it was muddy in some spots, but nothing we couldn’t handle. We saw no other people on the entire trail. I do agree with other reviews in that the trail is more like 10 miles. There was really only one section- a pretty steep hill about 6.5 miles in- that I found difficult. Our dog loved this trail, but if you take yours make sure to check for ticks afterwards as ours had several.

on Abbott Loop Trail

1 month ago

Great trail, as another reviewer mentioned the loop in total clocked in at just over 10 miles when measured on a GPS while on this website it says 7.9 miles, I personally have a Garmin and it's been reliable so far so I'm not sure why there's a difference between the two. Took about 4 hours to complete.

2 months ago

It's a nice quiet hike -- only saw one other couple the entire day, didn't even hear any road noise. DO bring your water and snacks though bc there are some nice places to plop down for a little pic-a-nic and it's a little longer than most of the more trafficked trails in the area. Lots of tree cover for the entire hike, which is nice for the fair skinned among us. Bring the dogs! ...and I wouldn't tell you to let 'em off leash, but boy oh boy they'd love it down in the creek bottom. We did it counterclockwise, but probably nice in either direction. IF'n you run short on time, the "bailout" road (Michigan Hollow Road) is about 35 minutes between the top and bottom of the loop.

Really beautiful and lush trail. Very well marked with red-orange blazes throughout. We really enjoyed trekking during the rain, however about 20% of the trail was very muddy. Be prepared for that and you'll have a terrific time!

Did this trail with some friends last Saturday. We lucked out with a beautiful day! We were on the trail by 9:45am and in the car heading home by 2:30pm. One nice lookout about 45 minutes into the trip with a picnic table for lunch. The rest of the trail is pretty wooded. When you get to the sign at the end of the trail (right before you Jump on the finger lakes trail) go left up the hill and after 15 minutes Of walking your out

Hey everyone, doing this trail with some friends this weekend. What’s the easiest way to access it and how long is the trail total? I’ve read that we need to walk the FLT for 2 miles to get in so would that be 2 miles in/2 miles out, on top of the 8 mile loop?

Thanks in advance. See you on the trail!

4 months ago

We hiked this trail on 3/18/18. We were looking for a more challenging hike than our usual trails and road walks and Abbott did not disappoint us. There was still about 8” of snow in most places and it was a beautiful sunny day. Temp when we left was 28o. We’re pretty much newbies and liked the challenge of the stream crossings, a couple were a bit tricky. Good climb to the top of the hill with a rewarding vista. We missed the turn on the FLT, so had a muddy walk back to the car. Have maps on order. All in all a great experience for this 65 yr old couple.

This well-marked trail offers varied terrain that wends through pine forest and along a creek, which must be crossed several times to stay on-trail, a challenge if the stream is running high and you want to keep your feet dry. The climb to the first summit (three plus miles) offers a grand view of the surrounding countryside and a picnic table. A formidable and lengthy hill leading to the last stretch of trail will give legs and lungs a work out. My dog and I covered the trail in about three hours.

5 months ago

Important Note:
This trail can be broken down into several smaller trail sections if you don't have the time to do the 8.1 mile loop.
Check out: https://ithacatrails.org/map for better trail details for this area.

The Overlook Trail is the western loop that starts at the southern intersection point on Bald Hill shown on this map, and is only 45 minutes-1.5 hours long with great views. Awesome at sunset.

The northern intersection point on Bald Hill also puts you on a loop that runs between Bald Hill and Michigan Hollow with some great climbs and awesome walking along Michigan Creek. Just be sure to pay attention at the junctions and don't cross Michigan Hollow Rd if you want to keep the route shorter. Still it's probably about 2-4 hours of walking depending on your fitness level, with a long section on Bald Hill Rd. Has a side branch that lets you stop at Chestnut Lean-to which is pretty cool.

6 months ago

Good hike rewarded with a good view. It’s nice.

trail running
11 months ago

Amazing trail running and a challenging 8 miles with the 1700ft elevation gain. I started on the north side of Michigan Hollow Rd. across Michigan Creek. Stay to the left and follow the red blazes. Miles one and two have moderate climbs. The end of mile 3 has a steep descent with most of mile 4 running along creek bed (fast and fun). A big climb at mile 5 leads to a ridge and an eventual fast descent in mile 6-7. Trail turns left and blazes turn white around mile 6.5. The terrain is mostly pine bed forrest with lots of roots and some small stones at points. Overall I felt the trail was pretty technical and fun with lots of twists and turns and patches of roots and rocks throughout. Highly recommended! Enjoy!

nice well defined trail..beautiful overlooks..just a bit buggy in sections!

Good trail...well defined .beautiful overlooks..a bit buggy near creek section but just challenging enough!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A friend and I spent the day doing this loop. We started around 145-2pm and finished up around 630-645pm. The length was good and at the end we had both found it to be an easy trail. I had some difficulty since I have a cane and my right knee doesn't hold my body's weight but even with that I didn't find it overly difficult or hard. It's very well marked and maintained and is easy to stay on trail.

I'd definitely do this loop again and I truly recommend it, just make sure to set aside a decent hunk of time and bring plenty of water.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Well marked and fun to hike! Lots of small pools and watering holes for dogs to splash in on hot days. Be prepared for some steepish trails and some shallow water crossings in early spring or after a heavy rain. Definitely not a flat, straight walk.

trail running
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Very well marked and maintained trail, beautiful scenery and will definitely do this loop or any of its more demanding possible variations next time I visit the area. Loved it!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Great Trail! Abbott Loop will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first experience camping with my dog, Easton. Beautiful scenery, friendly people!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

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....

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

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.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Camping was great very quiet!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hiked this trail for the first time yesterday. Excellent trail! Very hilly and strenuous. Well marked. Beautiful terrain. Looking forward to coming back in a different season.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

If you're looking for solitude & a peaceful walk in the woods, this trail is for you! I did not see another soul the entire hike. Agreed with other reviews that the trail could stand to be marked better in a few places. I came out onto the road & couldn't find where the trail picked up again. I walked the country road back to my car, but would've rather been in the woods.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Overall nice trail that could gain to be marked better in a couple of places... Weather was not perfect but the walk in the woods was great even with a few drops of rain. Definitively worth hiking at different time of the year!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This is a great hike - has many elevation changes, things to see and the smells of spring in the forest. One of my favorite hikes. This was my third hike here and I finally made it all the way. Very challenging hike but worth every minute. I took several 20 minute breaks to enjoy views or rest and re-hydrate. Had to hustle near the end as my phone battery was near dead. Gotta get a portable charging device for longer hikes or overnights in the ADK.

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