The Trail

Overview

It is important to understand that while this trail system is available for public use, current trail conditions, trail closures, and rerouting information should always be obtained from the FLTC website. The information we have provided here will be kept up to date and will remain as current as possible. You can find the latest maps available at the Finger Lakes Trails Conference store. The maps are cheap and come in both PDF and GPS formats. Any purchase you make will be supporting a good cause.

**Note there are currently two areas of the FLTC trail undergoing changes, and rerouting. Twisted Branch Trail maps will be updated once the final routes have been created, and defined.


We are guests on this trail. We will be running through the very narrow corridor that is the Finger Lakes Trail system. The course follows the Bristol Hills Branch trail south from Ontario County Park to its southern terminus in the town of Wheeler, NY. From this point you will pick up the main FLT trail heading south-east towards Hammondsport, NY where you will reach the finish line at the Hammondsport High School and Hammondsport Fire Department grounds.

You will pass through three counties, ten towns, and cross thirty-three different roads. You'll pass through county parks, state lands, FLTC land, and hundreds of private properties. The actual distance you will cover will be closer to 102K (for good measure).

The Bristol Hills Branch Trail is Hard

This is not a groomed park trail. This is a course that will challenge you all day long. Sections that appear to be flat on the elevation profile may be the hardest miles you do all day. Don't underestimate how difficult it will be to finish this race.

The trail is made up of a lot of single track, logging roads, groomed trails, dry stream beds, abandoned roads, dirt roads & paved roads. In total there will be roughly 5 miles of total paved road running with the largest sections being no more than 1.5 miles long.

Course Elevation Profile
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Excel Pacing Guide

You can use this extremly helpful pacing guide above to better understand your expected outcome in the event. You can click to expand the worksheet into full screen. You can also download this information as well.

FLTC

The Finger Lakes Trail systems were built and are maintained by volunteers. The trail is open to the public and there is no charge for its use.

The Finger Lakes Trail was built by volunteers and is maintained by the FLTC, affiliate clubs and organizations. Much of the trail is on public land—land owned by the State of New York in its State Forests, State Parks, Wildlife Management Areas, and other public lands of local governments. But much of the trail resides on private land with the permission of the owners.

Some of this private land is owned by land trusts or conservation organizations, but most of the private land is owned by families and individuals who have chosen to share a foot path through their properties with responsible hikers and runners. Without the generous support and cooperation of these private owners, the Finger Lakes Trail, and this event would not exist.