Local Hikes: Rochester, NY

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» Bristol Hills Branch, Ontario County Park This 12-mile point-to-point traces one of the Finger Lakes Trail’s feeder paths to the top of 2,256-foot Gannett Hill, and a hawk’s-eye view of upstate’s scenic forests and pools. Miles from city center 41; Trip ID775338

» West-East Gorge Loop, Letchworth SP This eight-miler skirts a 200-foot-deep gorge and three waterfalls. “It’s the Grand Canyon of the East,” says hike leader Jack Wallenhorst. “In fall, when the colors start coming into the sugar maples and ash trees, it’s spectacular.” Miles from city center 55; Trip IDhikes/775342