The orange-blazed Fellows Hill Loop is part of the Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) system. The 3.6-mile loop is located in Morgan Hill State Forest, and can be accessed from the snowplow turnaround at the end of the paved section of Herhily Road, or from the the parking area at Spruce Pond further south along the dirt road portion of Herhily Road. I was curious to explore a new trailhead, so I parked at the snowplow turnaround, which was empty. There is a small footbridge crossing the ditch on the east side of the road, with orange blazes clearly visible on both sides of the path. The trail to the west wasn't immediately visible, but since I wanted to go east first, up Fellows Hill, this didn't bother me.
The trail climbs steadily for the first 0.8 miles, but grades are easy enough: is never too steep or too challenging. It passes through hardwoods, then mixed forest, and finally into Norway spruce plantations. There are a lot of ferns. The trail levels out near the top of Fellows Hill, which at 2,019 feet is apparently the second highest point in Onondaga County. There is a trail register and nearby in the ferns, a USGS benchmark. I was surprised to see it is marked with the name "Fabius 2" rather than Fellows Hill. I wonder if Fellows Hill is a colloquial name or what?
|jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)|
|Frankie was excited to find this smiley face|
|top of Fellows Hill|
|after crossing the berm, the trail briefly joins the blue-blazed Onondaga Trail|
|the Onondaga Trail goes uphill to the left|
|back out at Herhily Road looking north toward the snowplow turnaround|