8 thoughts on “A Perfectly Unremarkable Hike

  1. I just hiked this section last week in two hikes. The pond was nice but I agree that there was nothing special about it. I live in the Catskills so the 3 hour drive is too long. I will have to camp or figure another to get in the miles from the beginning to M8.

    1. Hi Ralph, yes 3 hours is quite a long time, and then to hike and have to drive it again… I will have to deal with the same issue myself soon. Two hours is pushing my limits of drive-hike-drive. I completed the eastern side of the FLT a few years ago and the longest drive was about 2 hours to the trailhead at the eastern terminus. I mapped out the drive to the western terminus and it will be about 3.5 hours for me.

  2. Thanks for working on filling that blank page, Scott! All that empty space annoys me 😀 And apparently my spelling fails me when I hit the trail.

    1. Hah, I really had to battle my OCD on it. Had I come upon the register without your note I would have debated about filling the blank page; part of me would have been annoyed at the blank page and another part would not have wanted to have the entries out of order – not sure which would win. And as for spelling… well there’s no spell check in those register books, so I think you can be forgiven.

  3. on the other hand, i’ve always liked that section of trail. I’ve slept under those tall red pines, which keep up their sighing in the wind all night. The Bully Hill shelter IS new, featured in the spring FLT News; it was only a campsite with an outhouse for years before this. The ankle breaker area is tough; a mossy rock dumped me on the ground just last November, but the huge rocks north of there, next to deep holes, indicate that a quarry used to be there, removing rocks from the big holes. I had to ask the Allegany Co. historian about that spot. Also, the ponds along Bill Morris Rd flow two different directions: that hilltop is the watershed divide between water heading north to Lake Ontario and south to the Canisteo River and eventually the Susquehanna to chesapeake bay. I also like that it is such a long section of forest, interrupted by very little civilization.

    1. The lean-to was great! Made me wish I had planned an overnight hike stopping there. Interesting about the ponds; I didn’t know that – thank you for sharing.

    2. I feel better, now, Irene! I, too, like that section of trail, especially the southern part of Scott’s hike 🙂 At the south end of the 2 ponds, across the road is a moderately interesting homestead foundation. The section of neatly stacked stone fence that remains on the lower third of the old lane that goes down steeply between Andrew Ferry and Karr Rd always interests me. I’ve gone down and explored the quarry – amazing what was done by hand. The fences and barn foundations between the FLT and Bully Hill Rd. The long section of puncheons were much more meaningful when I traveled through in a wet season.

      I’m a bit of an explorer, and last year I followed the long closed road from Bill Morris down to Prince Rd, then bushwhacked the gully over to the FLT.

      Admittedly, it will take me 20 years to complete the FLT because I just have to stop to explore. And return to explore 🙂

  4. I also especially like that stretch where the trail parallels Bully Hill Rd just to the west, because there is so much evidence of prior settlement there before the forest took it all back. Up at the north end, lots of periwinkle or crepe myrtle on the ground, always planted near a house, then we follow a stone fence southward. For a while it is neat and tidy, and an old barn ramp and a milk can be seen to the east. Then abruptly the stone fence becomes shoddy, just a line of messy rocks, so we know we’ve just changed to a different owner.

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