FLRC Challenge: Six Mile Creek

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The 6.5-mile Six Mile Creek course starts above the playground on the South Hill Rec Way near the Juniper Drive parking spot.

Course Instructions

Start at the sign above the playground on the South Hill Rec Way, just below the Juniper Drive parking area.

[Photo of start/finish sign coming]

  • Start heading north—back toward Ithaca.
  • Quickly, take the right turn past the playground that heads down the hill.
  • At about .7 miles, take a right into the trails at the trailhead, marked with a stile.
  • At .92 miles, take a right at the Y in the trail.
  • At 1.1 miles, take a left at the Y in the trail.
  • At 1.25 miles, come close to the trail entry point on the lower fork of the Rec Way.
  • At 1.28 miles, connect to the trail entry point at the big curve.
  • At 1.23 miles, take a left up the hill at the Y (ignore the blue-blazed trail that goes straight).
  • At 1.37 miles, take a sharp right at the graffiti-marked tree to avoid going down to the gorge.
  • At 1.44 miles, meet up with the blue-blazed trail you ignored earlier, but keep going straight.
  • At 1.51 miles, at the top of a steep hill, there’s a fork. Go left—you’ll see teepees on the right.
  • At 1.72 miles, the blue-blazed trail turns left across a stream that goes under a concrete bridge by the Rec Way.
  • At 1.85 miles, pop out on the South Hill Rec Way, and turn left toward Burns Road. About .25 miles later, you’ll see the sign marking 1.0 miles to Burns.
  • At 2.55 miles, turn left back into the trails at the stile.
  • At 2.90 miles, take a sharp turn to stay on the blue-blazed trail.
  • At 3.13 miles, go straight, even though you’re crossing what looks like a major path (it isn’t).
  • At 3.26 miles, pop back out on the South Hill Rec Way, and turn left toward Burns Road.
  • At 3.64 miles, turn around at the gate at the end of the South Hill Rec Way.
  • Run back to the starting point just off Juniper Drive, which should be at about 5.3 miles.
  • Continue straight to the end of the top arm of the South Hill Rec Way.
  • Turn around and return to the start/finish sign.