This 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out-and-back segment of the Finger Lakes Trail follows a ridge-line along a steep canyon with views of waterfalls. It traverses several distinct forest types. The return upward incline is moderate, but it’s also possible to do this as a 2.6 mile hike if you leave a separate vehicle in the Township of Pleasant Valley or hire transport from there back to your vehicle. This trail is a small segment of the larger 950 mile Finger Lakes Trail, which in turn is a piece of the 4,600 mile North Country Trail, the longest trail network in the United States.
Type of Hike: Day hike
Estimated Duration: 3 hours
Parking Location: 42.3866, -77.3147 or N42 23.1982 W77 18.8796 (6849 Robbins Rd, Bath, NY 14810)
A super easy, but visually rewarding day hike that’s perfect for fitting a little outdoor recreation into a day of exploring nearby breweries and wineries. It’s also very close to the lakes and to Corning. My favorite aspect of this trail is the Mitchellsville Creek gorge, which offers several views of waterfalls and steep drop offs along the trail. The change in forest type – from mixed evergreen to deciduous as you descend is also a bonus, as is the wooden footbridge just before you arrive at Pleasant Valley. I was here at the tail end of a very wet summer, so there were amphibians everywhere. We had to watch our step not to walk on red-spotted newts and they were quite literally strewn across the trail in great abundance. I also encountered a wood frog, which was a cool encounter for me. I would love to come back here and do a longer segment of the Finger Lakes Trail.
From the Corning Museum of Glass:
- Get on I-86 W from NY-414 N. 3 min(1.0 mi)
- Follow I-86 W to NY-54 N/W Washington St in Bath. Take exit 38 from I-86 W. 19 min(21.4 mi)
Continue on NY-54 N/W Washington St. Take Mitchellsville Rd to Brewer Rd/Robbins Rd in Wheel. 11 min(5.1 mi).
Arrive at 6849 Robbins Rd, Bath, NY 14810
Travel Time: 32 Min