• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    150 Feet

Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

The Shindagin lean-to is tucked into a little hollow on the edge of a beautiful, hemlock-lined ravine. Surrounded by towering Hemlocks and White Pines, a night spent in the shelter is an opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful Northern Hardwood and ravine habitats that Upstate, NY has to offer.

From the parking spot on Prospect Valley Rd., cross the footbridge as part of the Finger Lakes Trail due East. The trail will be marked with white blazes. As you follow the blazes you will hike up for about 0.5 miles, increasing elevation by about 150ft, and then down 30-50 ft for 0.2 miles before reaching the shelter. Within sight of the shelter are two other fire rings for multiple group use.

The 12 year old shelter is in fantastic shape, and is equipped with an axe, rake, broom, and a few other supplies that come and go as hikers do. There is a metal fire ring, with a large grill grate. Fresh water can be gathered from the creek that is 100ft past the shelter at a small but beautiful waterfall. A clean outhouse is also available about 100 ft behind the shelter, and can be found by following the blue blazes. No reservation or permits are required.

The lean-to is located at 42.32761°N, 76.32905°W.

Pack List

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Mess kit
  • Beverages (water and otherwise)
  • Food
  • Tent (just in case - or if you want to use one of the alternate fire rings)
  • Hand saw
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
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This state forest has awesome mountain biking trails! Should be listed for it's one of the main reasons I head there in the summer. Sweet man-made ramps, jumps, and bridges around every corner.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

The lean-to is a great little site. We tend to stay near it in our tents rather than camp in it, as I'm not a big lean-to camper. That said, there is a lot of fallen wood for fires and there is a river that runs near the site that makes water access easy. The forest here is beautiful!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Brian Maley

Working with Cornell University and the Finger Lakes Land Trust to photo-document the Unique Natural Areas of Tompkins County to benefit conservation. I believe in getting people excited to go outside and explore on a local scale.

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