Distance

1.7 mi to summit

3.4 mi total

Elevation

no info yet

Vertical

1,000 ft gain

Time

no info yet

Of all the places I've hiked in Western New York, this may be the best training ground for real mountain hikes in the Adirondacks, Catskills, High Alleghenies and places further out. While the main trail isn't too rocky, it's steeper than just about any trail in this part of the state. Go up and down this bad boy a few times and you'll be ready for most Class 1 trails out there.
Onto the off-trail segment of my journey. Navigating my way to Stid Hill's true summit was quite an undertaking due to the numerous "No Trespassing" signs I encountered along the way. I made sure to remain on state land until the very end, which kept me on the side of the mountain for over half-a-mile.
After tagging the nondescript summit, I made my way down the hill towards a pair of viewpoint areas offering amazing vistas of the Bristol Mountain ski resort across the way. That was undoubtedly the highlight of my hike.
My hiking partners turned around right away due to flooded conditions near the trailhead, but were kind enough to wait in the car for the duration of my two-hour outing. Looking at the time of my digital photos, I was gone for exactly two hours, from 1:45 until 3:45. It certainly didn't feel that long!

Route name

On-Trail & Off-Trail

point-to-point/traverse
Obstacles

stream crossing, bushwhacking, snow on route

Key gear

microspikes