North Country Trail (NCT): DeRuyter State Forest
ElevationAscent: 949' 289 m
Descent: -940' -286 m
High: 1,883' 574 m
Low: 1,314' 400 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A short over-the-hill segment of the Finger Lakes Trail through deciduous and evergreen forest.”— Erick Peirson
The western trailhead is marked somewhat more clearly, with a designated parking area just off East Lake Road at the northeast corner of the DeRuyter Reservoir.
The first mile is a steady climb, mostly long switchbacks through deciduous forest, followed by a descent of the west side of Kinney Hill into a saddle just outside the forest. After passing a small pond, the trail lets out on Fairbanks Road (dirt) before picking up again a little ways to the south at the edge of DeRuyter State Forest. From there, you'll cross two small hills before dropping down to the DeRuyter Reservoir.
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Land Manager: NY DEC - DeRuyter State Forest