Cayuga Trails

General Description

Cayuga Trails uses an out-back C-shape course configuration w/ a lollipop loop on the far end. The out-back configuration was chosen secondary to the FLT extending onto road and fairly unremarkable sections beyond each terminus. The result has allowed entrants to have the opportunity to see the race shaking out ahead and behind them in several points. It starts and ends in Robert H. Treman State Park where it ascends the gorge trail, passing through the Lucifer Fall's area in the upper gorge and the Finger Lakes Runner's Club's Old Mill AS, before wrapping out/connecting with/descending on the Rim Trail. Both sections are double/triple track trail which was intentionally chosen to allow the field to accommodate packs while minimizing potential impact to more sensitive surrounding single-track. Once clearing IronHeart Racing's Underpass AS runners will cross a creek and ascend single-track through and beyond the Finger Lake Land Trust's Lick Brook Gorge. From there it feeds through to Buttermilk Falls State Park where it begins the lollipop loop, traversing the upper old reservoir, merging w/ a scenic park road and descending on the old Burma Rd to Trails Roc's Buttermilk AS. From there it ascends the Buttermilk Gorge Trail on its way back to the start. Fifty milers complete two circuits, 40k'rs one.

The elevation gain is most likely somewhere around 9,000 though GPS devices have recorded as much as 11k+. It's tough to get a handle on an accurate read given the nature of the tight gorges and inaccurate signals. There are creek crossings around mile 4, 7.5, and 11.5…hit again on the return so the feet will stay wet. Get yourself some good Farm 2 Feet wool socks to stave off the swamp toes.


GPX Course File
Trail Map

Turn by Turn Directions
Start North Shelter Lower Treman S.P.
Head west for clockwise loop in grass
0.55 Left across park driveway
0.68 Left at gate onto grass path
0.7 Left at gate on grass rd
1.2 Right merger w/ Gorge Tr
3.1 Emerge at Old Mill AS
3.2 Left at Old Mill onto Orange
3.5 Cross grassy utility rd
3.7 Cross Butternut Creek
3.8 Left then Rt onto White
4.1 Left on end Thomas Rd at Gate
4.3 Right on Rim Trail at end utility rd
4.6 Descend staircase
4.7 Right on Rim Trail at base stairs
5.9 Right at fork onto utility rd
6.0 Right at Lean To onto grass path
6.1 Left on White FLT
6.5 Cross utility roads
6.9 Cross end of park driveway
7.0 Pass beneath Rt 13 bridge
7.1 Underpass AS
7.25 Cross RR Tracks and Creek
7.55 Rt turn to ascend Blue
7.85 Straight merger onto White
8.0 Right onto Town Line
8.1 Left onto Blue after x'ing bridge
8.15 Merge w/ Orange w/ Rt into field
8.8 Right back into woods at orchard
8.9 Left at/onto grassy powerlines
9.0 Right on King Rd
9.1 Left back to orange FLT
9.9 Right at base of Yaple Rd
9.95 Left on Comfort Rd to cross bridge
10.0 Straight/left into Buttermilk at gate
10.6 Left at T to descend/pass over dam
10.7 Right on broken pavement path
10.8 Right down bank through picnic area
10.9 Right to cross spillway bridge onto Rd
11.6 Cross King Rd to Burma Trail (Rt at fork
12.35 Buttermilk Aid Station
12.4 Left to cross wood bridge
12.45 Left onto Gorge Trail
13.0 Cross King Rd to Bear Trail
13.7 Right off of Bear Trail to grass field
13.85 Pass over park driveway by lot
13.95 Stay right at top of pave'ish path
14.7 Sharp right to re-join Out-Back
14.8 Right Yaple after road bridge
14.9 Left off Yaple onto Orange FLT
15.7 Right on King Rd
15.75 Left back to powerlines
15.9 Right into woods onto Orange
16.0 Left at field/orchard
16.2 Left back into woods
16.25 Left onto Blue
16.7 Right on bridge, left after crossing
17.05 Stay Right on White at fork
17.75 Stay Right (passing base of blue hill)
17.95 Cross Creek/RR Tracks
18.15 Underpass Aid Station
18.3 Cross park drive (right, then left)
18.75 Cross utility roads
19.15 Right onto grassy path to access road
19.35 Left onto Rim Trail
20.6 Left at T to ascend Stairs
20.95 Left onto Utility Rd off of Rim Trail
21.15 Right into woods off Thomas Rd
21.45 Cross grassy intersect w/ left-right
21.6 Cross Butternut Creek
21.75 Cross grassy utility rd
22.1 Right at old mill onto sidewalk
22.15 Old Mill Aid Station
22.15 Cross stone bridge, left on Gorge Tr
24.05 Left off of Gorge Trail into woods
24.55 Right and Right at two gates
24.75 Cross Park drive to grass loop
25.2 Turnaround or Finish at North Shelter