16.9 miles
Distance
1,417 ft
Climb
-1,282 ft
Descent
03:28:32
Avg time

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  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Letchworth State Park
    Mount Morris, New York
  • AKA
    Letchworth Trail
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    Jun - Oct
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #73141 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

Named one of the 10 best mountain biking trails by Bike Magazine, this 22 mile long section of the Finger Lakes Trail system is one of the few sections open to mountain biking. This trail features mostly wooded single track, stream crossings, climbs, descents, and amazing views of the Genesee River Gorge.

If you don't want to ride the entire length there are several access points along River Road where the trail and the road meet or a short access trail connects the two.

Watch for hikers during fall when the leaves are changing color.

The southern end of this trail (above Portageville) has been closed for years due to rock slides. The single track ends on river road between Dygert and Williams roads. The Letchworth Branch FLT "continues" on gravel roads to the point where it intersects with main FLT (white blaze) but is only of interest to through hikers and restricted for mountain bikes.

Access Info

Park at Mount Morris Dam visitors center. The trail head is on the south-west end of the parking lot.
It is also possible to ride in the other direction, starting near the Letchworth State Park Parade Grounds entrance in Portagville, NY.

Disclaimer

Not to be ridden during spring while the ground is wet.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Finger Lakes Trail - Letchworth Branch bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    135 ft
  • Altitude min
    834 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,065 ft
  • Altitude start
    883 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,017 ft
  • Grade
    0.2%
  • Grade max
    -23%
  • Grade min
    47.8%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
  • Avg time
    03:28:32
  • Avg reverse time
    04:16:49
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on Aug 24, 2021
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Avg: 3.8 (5 votes)

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      Finger Lakes... Trail Reports

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      Aug 24, 2021 @ 5:36am
      Aug 24, 2021
      Aug 16, 2021 @ 3:41pm
      Aug 16, 2021
      Trails were clear of downed trees, some parts are just a tad overgrown, get out early to beat the bugs, ideal between 9am-2pm
      Jan 12, 2021 @ 5:33pm
      Jan 12, 2021
      Incredible
      Nov 12, 2020 @ 3:02pm
      Nov 12, 2020
      Lots of maintenance has been done through the summer. All downed trees have been removed from B to D. Trail is in great shape, but leaf covered....
      Sep 26, 2020 @ 6:14am
      Sep 26, 2020
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      • 1 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
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      • 11 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      Granderojo547 (Sep 20, 2017 at 10:48)
       1st, Google "Mt Morris Dam Visitors Center" This trail is not in Letchworth State Park! I paid $10 to get in only to realize I was on the wrong side of the river. Then Google lead me to closed roads. 40 minutes later I got to my destination.
      It was a lot of roots and river crossings. My skills and XC MTB were out matched, I spent more time off the bike than on. At 4.3 miles I gave up. I got to a crossing I couldn't climb with my shoes, let alone while hauling a bike. It is beautiful, I'll be back. But with boots and never a bike again. I like flow and climbs, there are precious little here.
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      • + 0
      wgwestervelt (Oct 13, 2019 at 17:59)
       Really pretty trail - mostly flat but the washes offer some fun challenges. Can get a nice Rhythm going over 20 miles. Next time will do the full out and back for 44 miles of continuous single track.
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      • - 1
      nolander2010 (Jul 12, 2020 at 15:43)
       Ok, so the north end of this trail is rideable. Do not try to ride point to point for entire length of the trail. The south 10 miles haven't been maintained in years. Everything is washed out and trees are downed across the trail.
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      • + 1
      mtnrunner19 (Oct 14, 2020 at 4:25)
       Pay no mind to nolander2010's comment. The trail is maintained by Finger Lakes Trail Conference and a handful of volunteers. Tree's come down every day but are (slowly) cleared. You might have to dismount for a creek crossing. Log-overs and creek crossings are the features here; test and grow your skills.
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      • + 0
      Maxkid84 (Aug 16, 2021 at 15:49)
       Mid-fat bikes were made for this, aka there are a lot of roots, but that's typical for this area. There are many lovely sections as well. PARK AT THE DAM. Head in from there and keep with it. Just shy of 4 miles in there's a really nice spot with a view point and a couple trees ideal for a hammock, just watch the edge! The loose surface can give way easily.
      Take this trail slower and observe first, it's ripable on the way back with a good mix of climbs and downhill sections.
      I will say though, there's no real flow sections or features from what I saw, there are several Creek crossings that were pretty dry as it hasn't really rained in the last few days. Definitely had to dismount on a couple of them. I'll definitely be back to again to go further in, but that first 4 miles is worth it.
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      • + 0
      RichOxley (Sep 5, 2021 at 6:18)
       Trail in perfect condition. Parked at the dam then rode 11 miles out and then turned around and rode 11 miles back. Three hours of great Xc riding. Most of the ravines are rideable. Only had to push a few times. This is a great cross country trail.
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