Buffalo: Genesse Gorge Loop

Nestled deep along Genesee Falls, this 6.5-mile reverse-lasso loop overlooks New York's "Grand Canyon" in Letchworth State Park.
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Nestled deep along Genesee Falls, this 6.5-mile reverse-lasso loop overlooks New York's "Grand Canyon" in Letchworth State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.0

Waypoints

Overlook of the Genesee Gorge

Location: 42.6122360229492, -77.9995040893555

©Steffan Fay

Banks of the Genesee River

Location: 42.6141967773438, -77.9928436279297

©Steffan Fay

LSP001

Location: 42.6002502441406, -77.9997787475586

From Cabin Area E, start hiking NW along access road

LSP002

Location: 42.6012115478516, -78.0028228759766

R @ T onto dirt road through lush hardwoods, home to red fox, white-tailed deer, and 200-plus species of birds

LSP003

Location: 42.6089706420898, -78.0042037963867

Turn R off road toward edge of Genesee River; dramatic views of sheer walls and churning river

LSP004

Location: 42.613109588623, -77.9940032958984

L @ Y onto spur trail; continue N along flat, slightly boggy terrain

LSP005

Location: 42.6143989562988, -77.9930572509766

Spur trail ends near scrubby shoreline; confluence
of Bushmill Creek framed by 600-foot cliffs bending to out-of-sight waterfalls; return to WPT 4 and head E

LSP006

Location: 42.6129608154297, -77.9934310913086

Use caution crossing Dishmill Creek; opposite banks are steep.

LSP007

Location: 42.609130859375, -77.987907409668

L @ T onto Finger Lakes Trail through oak, maple, cedar stands on rolling terrain; frequent small stream crossings

LSP008

Location: 42.6172981262207, -77.9801864624024

L @ 4-way for descent of Seneca Trail (#12) toward gorge’s edge

LSP009

Location: 42.6184883117676, -77.9844512939453

Leave ravine to edge of gorge

LSP010

Location: 42.6194190979004, -77.9867248535156

Overlook: Limestone walls tower above foundations
of old bridge; ideal lunch spot before turnaround to WPT 7

LSP011

Location: 42.609001159668, -77.9877548217774

SL @ WPT 7, heading S on yellow-blazed Finger Lakes Trail

LSP012

Location: 42.6029396057129, -77.9936599731445

R @ 4-way onto Trail 9; cross Dishmill Creek, continue into gully

LSP013

Location: 42.6026992797852, -77.9978790283203

R @ Y; return to car