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Poverty Hill Hike

  • Jul 6, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Note:  If you put your name on the waiting list then you will get an email inviting you to decide whether or not you are going to join in this hike a few days before the hike.  The first 12 people who respond to that email will be listed as participants in the hike. Those who don't respond to the email will remain on the waiting list which will then operate as a normal waiting list.

I go on these hikes whether or not anyone else joins in, but I need to know if others are joining as I will wait at the trailhead for late arriving participants.

Poverty Hill is just northwest of Ellicottville. Many years ago it had an active ski lift. The Finger Lakes Trail crosses it, climbing from Route 219, crossing Poverty Hill Road, then heading down the southwest slope to Maple Road.

We will park on Poverty Hill Road, hike down to the FLT kiosk on Route 219, then turn around and hike back up the cliff. When we reach the ridge you’ll find peace and happiness as we walk south along the ridge, then turn west across the plateau back to our parked cars. We’ll pass an FLT bivouac area (on private property) and get a great view of the HoliMont ski slopes.
The rise is swift from Route 219 – one of the steepest on the Finger Lakes trail Cattaraugus County. The roundtrip from Poverty Hill to Route 219 and back to the cars is 3.5 miles.

But we are not done. At least not for those who want to go on. The beauty of starting this hike on Poverty Hill is that people can end their participation after we climb back up from Rout 219.

For those that will continue on, we will head down the southwest slope of Poverty Hill to Maple Road. This too is a 1.75 mile one-way, 3.5 mile roundtrip. While not as steep as the rise from route 219, the total elevation gain and loss is a bit more.

Because of the steep climb and elevation gains you are unlikely to recognize the trail when hiking in the opposite direction. Thus, although we hike back over both sections, you’ll think it was a loop trail.

A waiver of liability will be required.  You can download it, fill it in on your computer, then return it to me by email.  Failure to return the waiver will preclude you from participating in this hike.  Here is the link to the release form: Release of Liability

Link to G4Map of the Poverty Hill Planned Hike.

Link to elevation profile of portion from Poverty Hill to Route 219 and back.

Link to elevation profile of portion from Poverty Hill to Maple road and back

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very Nice!! It was a great hike, great work out and great company!! Thanks Gary!!

    July 6, 2013

  • Angie K.

    Gary, Thanks for organizing another interesting hike. I loved the challenging trail and the fun group of fellow hikers.

    July 6, 2013

  • Gary

    Another good hike made great by the company. Thanks to all who joined in. I'll post the elevation profile with the pics. Our total elevation gain was 1,579 feet over 7.5 miles. For comparison, the hike up Wright Peak from the ADK Loj involves a total elevation gain would be about 2400. Algonquin's elevation gain from the ADK Loj is just over 2900, and Marcy's just over 3000. So we did a little more than 1/2 of Marcy, but after factoring in the heat and humidity, we did a little more than Everest.

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great hike, Nice day great bunch of people.

    July 6, 2013

  • Gary

    Current future watch on WIVB shows dry weather until about 1 pm, Saturday, then a rain shower moves across the area, and dry again from 2 pm to 5 pm. We should be done with the first half of the hike by noon

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first hike with the group. Looking forward to it!

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gary,
    I see there are 8 listed for this hike and 12 "allowed" I am listed as on waitlist....will I be notified as "eligible" to join in on hike? Sounds fun....hoping to join you.

    July 1, 2013

  • Gary

    The first portion of this hike - heading down to Rt. 219, might be a little slippery in spots if the rain continues all week, especially where the trail is over un-vegetated loose soil on the side of the hill. A hiking stick or poles will be very helpful for those portions. A butt slide will work as well.

    July 1, 2013

  • Julie A. C.

    Unfortunately, I have to work :-( Have fun, though!

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1000 pm ??? is this a night hike

    June 3, 2013

    • Gary

      Thanks for catching that - time changed to 9 am

      June 4, 2013

  • Gary

    I'm going to swap this hike with the Golden Hill State Forest hike on July 6.

    June 2, 2013

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