#8 – Red Jacket Trail

And we’re done! We saved this little .8 mile hike for last, figuring we could duck into the Admin Building after to claim our prizes – a water bottle and a sticker. (I gave them both to Emily.)

This trail hugs the side of the hill, so even though it is short, it is a little intimidating: one mis-step and you could be rolling down the hill!

We started the Allegany 18 Challege on June 15 – the first official day of my retirement. And we finished before the end of summer. We had hoped to finish before Emily started back to school, but a brief illness and some aching muscles delayed a couple of the hikes. Still, WE DID IT!

Thanks to Bob who provided rides for the hikes that were not loops, and to my friend Sue who hiked one of the non-loop trails with us, providing the second car so we didn’t have to hike it twice.


The Hike

Distance: 0.8 miles
Duration: 28 minutes and 49 seconds
Average Speed: 1.6 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1441 feet
Maximum Elevation: 1563 feet
Total climb: 182 feet
Total descent: 184 feet

#18 – Snow Snake

This is a black diamond cross country ski trail and after hiking it I can see why! I won’t attempt it on skis! The last bit is a half-mile repeat of Patterson trail that takes you down to the Bova area. There is a warming hut about half way around that I forgot about, so we ate lunch on a log just a tiny distance from the hut!

Perfect day for this hike. Cool in the morning – took us about 20 minutes of brisk walking to get warm! After that, we were comfortable the whole time.

We had arranged for a ride back up to the Art Roscoe ski area to retrieve our car.

One more to go to complete the Allegany 18 hiking challenge! (We obviously did not do the trails “in order.”)


The Hike

Distance: 5.4 miles (more if you count getting to the trailhead, and getting the rest of the way down the hill!)
Duration: 2 hours, 38 minutes, and 54 seconds
Average Speed: 2.1 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1505 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2275 feet
Total climb: 539 feet
Total descent: 1309 feet

#2 – Bear Caves Trail

Rocks and Roots. That’s the best way to describe this trail. We took two cars so that we didn’t have to hike the full 4 miles, 2 of which would have been along the road. There’s a lot of up on this trail, as well as a lot of down (which is harder on my knees than up, I must admit).

We knocked this one off after Emily got off school on a Friday afternoon. Very pleasant hike. Two more to go to complete the Allegany 18 Challenge!


The Hike

Distance: 2.2 miles
Duration: 1 hours, 34 minutes, and 32 seconds
Average Speed: 1.4 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1487 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2084 feet
Total climb: 627 feet
Total descent: 729 feet

#1 – Tuscarora Fire Tower Trail

Emily, Sue, and I (and Gretchen and Bella) checked off the Fire Tower Trail today. We were happy to have Sue and Bella along, not ONLY because they provided a 2nd vehicle so we didn’t have to walk back to our car. Sue always makes pleasant conversation. And Bella and Gretchen, if not fast friends now, at least tolerated one another.

Only 3 more to go on the Allegany 18 Challenge!


The Hike:

Hey Look! I figured out how to embed a map on the new WordPress editor! I wonder if I will remember it for the next one???

#9 – FLT/NCT – Part 3

Day 3 of the FLT section that goes through Allegany State Park. Today’s section was from ASP #1 to Bay State Road. It was definitely the prettiest section of this trail. Many huge, old trees.


The Hike:


Distance: 5.9 miles
Duration: 4 hours, 8 minutes, and 28 seconds
Average Speed: 1.4 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1374 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2273 feet
Total climb: 523 feet
Total descent: 1367 feet

#9 – FLT/NCT – Part 2

Today we hiked from Coon Run Road to ASP Route #1. One more section to go! This hike is bringing up memories from 2009 when I did the trail as a backpacking trip with “me lasses.” (click here for that story)

Tomorrow, we’ll finish Trail #9 in the Allegany 18 challenge and then we’ll have just 4 more trails to complete!


The Hike:


Friday, August 21, 2020 9:41 AM EDT
Distance: 7.2 miles
Duration: 4 hours, 26 minutes, and 50 seconds
Average Speed: 1.6 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1612 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2271 feet
Total climb: 1080 feet
Total descent: 480 feet

#9 – FLT/NCT – Part 1

Trail #9 in the Allegany 18 Challenge is the 21 mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail (Map #1) / North Country Trail that goes from Route 346 in PA to Bay State Road in Allegany State Park.

Today, we hiked 8.5 miles of the trail (9 if you count the detour to the mysterious horseshoe-shaped stone thingy).


The Hike:

Well, WordPress changed the editor and I don’t know how to embed hikes any more. Here’s the link:


Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:59 AM EDT
Distance: 9.1 miles
Duration: 6 hours, 1 minutes, and 52 seconds
Average Speed: 1.5 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1375 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2088 feet
Total climb: 1508 feet
Total descent: 1243 feet

#16 – Flagg Trail

After hiking the Conservation Trail in the morning, we decided to also “bag” this one in the afternoon. We checked the Cain Hollow end of the trail so we would know where we would be coming out. That trail head sign said the trail is 3 miles long. We parked on the Quaker Beach side of the trail where the sign proclaims it is a 1.3 mile trail.

We had a bit of trouble finding the actual trail. Trees and branches sort of hide it. If you go, don’t go up the road past the Road Closed sign. That’s not the trail. 🙂

The Quaker side of the hill is quite pleasant and woodsy. The Cain Hollow side turns brushy, claustrophobic, muddy, and… well, unpleasant. We opted to return to the car by walking the road and ended up hiking a total of 3.2 miles, according to the GPS.

We never found the carved #16, so our selfie is next to one of the blue trail markers.

Because it was afternoon, sections of the road were shaded and we rested in the shade a couple of times. There is a spot through some hemlocks where you can get to the water’s edge. Gretchen enjoyed a drink and a swim in Quaker Lake.


The Hike:

Friday, August 14, 2020 2:16 PM EDT
Distance: 3.2 miles
Duration: 1 hours, 59 minutes, and 25 seconds
Average Speed: 1.6 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1389 feet
Maximum Elevation: 1770 feet
Total climb: 492 feet
Total descent: 519 feet

#10 Conservation Trail

This is a very pretty trail. It starts near the Administration Building on the Red House side of Allegany State Park just past where the outdoor museum is located. Gretchen managed to get stung by a bee again, and stuck her nose down another hole of bees, but outran them, dragging us along.

I don’t typically hike in summer because of… well, bees for one, and also heat and other bugs. So I had never seen a trillium fruit before. That was a cool find.

The trail is pretty well marked and a portion of it is also part of the Finger Lakes / North Country Trail system, which we plan to hike next week. So… we’ll see that section again.

I often forget to turn my GPS on at the car. It claims we walked 5 miles. Actually, it was a tad bit longer.


The Hike:

Distance: 5.0 miles
Duration: 3 hours, 26 minutes, and 11 seconds
Average Speed: 1.5 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1468 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2125 feet
Total climb: 789 feet
Total descent: 842 feet