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Finger Lakes Trail
Catskill Forest Preserve
Middle Mountain Wild Forest

Middle Mountain
& Beech Hill

 

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This short 2.3 mile section of the Finger Lakes Trail follows the red discs of the Middle Mountain Trail as the trail crosses Middle Mountain and Beech Hill in the Catskill Forest Preserve.  This section of the trail is located in the Middle Mountain Wild Forest section of the Catskill Forest Preserve that begins at Mary Smith Hill Road and after 0.1 mile begins to ascend up Middle Mountain. 

After a mile the trail passes the 2975 foot summit of Middle Mountain, then descends to a vista with views to the southeast.  The trail continues to descend before climbing again to 2844 foot Beech Hill.  Now the trail descends to Beech Hill Road, the trail follows the road south 0.2 miles to a DEC Parking area.  This section has an overall elevation gain of 900 feet.  This stretch of the Finger Lakes Trail is featured on map M30 and M31 from the FLTC.

Directions from Syracuse:  This section of the Finger Lakes Trail is over 120 miles away from Syracuse and is a 2.5 hour trip.  I-81 south to Exit 8 Whitney Point.  Turn left on US 11 south, then left on NY 26 to a quick right on NY 206.  NY 206 to Downsville then a left on NY 30 north. Turn right on Beech Hill Road, veer right on Mary Smith Hill Road to the trail crossing. The GPS coordinates are N42 02.404 W74 48.536 for the parking area on Mary Smith Hill Road.

NOTE: The small parking area on Mary Smith Hill Road is best if approached from the south or Beaverkill Valley area (from Lew Beach).  The road from the north is steep at times and rough.

 

Mile Elevation Trail Description
0.0 2228 feet

Finger Lakes Trail crosses Mary Smith Hill Road (parking) and follows the Middle Mountain Trail.  Ascend steeply and follow the red discs.

0.1 2226 feet

Trail passes the corner of a stone wall on your right.  Begin to ascend.

0.6 2615 feet

Trail veers right and levels briefly.

0.65 2632 feet

Trail turns left begins final steep ascent up Middle Mountain.

1.0 2975 feet

Summit of Middle Mountain.  Descend.

1.1 2870 feet

Trail veers left and levels briefly.

1.25 2797 feet

Vista with views to the southeast.  Descend steeply.

1.4 2686 feet

Begin climbing Beech Hill.

1.6 2844 feet

Summit of Beech Hill.  Begin descent toward Beech Hill Road.

1.9 2716 feet

Descent becomes steeper.

2.3 2318 feet

Reach Beech Hill Road and end of this section.  The FLT turns right and follows road south for 0.2 mile to the DEC parking area on the left for the Touch Me Not Trail, Cabot Mountain and Beaverkill Vista.  For a continuation see Cabot Mountain.

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