I went to school in Geneseo & worked there after graduating / lived in the city/Lakeville for a while & starting running roads while I was out there, but didn’t get into trail running until just before I moved back to Buffalo. I’ve since done a handful of longer races all around the country & spent a lot of time on the FLT/the Adirondacks/PA on my own. In general, I love spending time outside not just running, but any type of adventure. The more remote & technical, the more it appeals.
Places to trail run around Buffalo:
- Sprague Brook
- 18 Mile
- Chestnut Ridge
- Hunter’s Creek
- Niagara Gorge
- Ellicottville (Holiday Valley/HoliMont/Little Rock City & McCarty Hill State Forests)
- Allegany State Park
- Finger Lakes Trail, Conservation Branch/North Country Trail
- Carlton Hill
- Allegheny National Forest - Erie County Parks Quadruple Trail Challenge
- ~22.5 miles of trail, split between the most popular Erie County Parks: 18 Mile Creek, Chestnut Ridge, Hunter's Creek & Sprague Brook. You run them all self-supported in one day & drive time between them counts. The routes at each park are the "traditional" routes & more detail can be found in the map. Order & route direction for the parks with looped trails is up to your discretion. Keep your watch running the whole time & send me the track after. FKT currently sits at 5:08:40.
Crystal Hills FLT (finished FLT)
Allegheny Front Trail
Great Range Traverse
All FLT branch trails
February 12th, 2019 | 1 hr 15 mins
Mark Valites climbs into the guest chair to talk of everything outdoors. In this wide-ranging conversation we cover trails in and around Buffalo, running 100 milers throughout the country and you can hear my fascination as I interrogate Mark about ice climbing!