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Brooktondale, New York

Camp at the Shindagin Hollow Lean-To

1 Miles Total - 150 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Brian Maley

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.

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Mountain Biking Must

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.

Great Campsite

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!

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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