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East Hill, Dansville – October 19 – 2:00PM

This IMG_0609week’s hike starts at Ann and Rick Laffords, 6270 McNeil Hill Rd. To get there from Main St. in Dansville, heading south on 63 leaving town, take Sahrle Hill Road, bare left until on top of the hill, then left on Sterner until it turns into McNeil Hill Rd. Follow McNeil Hill Rd until the dead end. Rick & Ann’s home is on the left. Parking is at the dead end turn-around or in the driveway. All hikers will start at Ann and Rick Lafford’s home. We will have a social after the hike at Ann’s and Rick’s. Please bring a dish to pass and your beverage – or make a donation to the social fund.

IMG_0002 Climbers

This week’s walk will cover approx. 5 miles of tree farm and forest terrain, some of it following logging trails. The hike involves two climbs of approx. 400’ but these are separated and occur over a ¼ and ½ mile distance. There is one steep descent down a logging trail.


This week’s walk will cover approx. 4 miles of tree farm and forest terrain, some of it through old vineyard. The hike involves one climb of approx. 300’ and another of 200’ but the slope is gentle and this is a relatively easy hike.


IMG_0013This walk includes the hang-glider launch site, tree farm and forest, all on a well-groomed trail, with only moderate ups and downs.


Following the hikes, you are invited to stay for a social at the house.  Please bring a dish to pass or make a small ($5) donation to the social fund to help cover supplies and our hosts’ costs.  Also, please bring your own beverage – which also should be a reminder to bring water for the hike.  Even in cooler weather it remains very important to stay hydrated during our hikes.


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  • TRAILUSER says:

    Just a reminder to everyone that Deer Season is currently open:
    Bow Hunting opened October 1 until November 14 2014. Bow Hunters have only this short period of time to harvest and enjoy the outdoors. Lets fully respect their rights as much as us hikers would want to be respected.
    Keeping quiet in the woods is a huge part of this. There are a few hikers that use this trail. that think that the whole outdoors belongs to them and their dog. By walking along calling the dog and talking to them selves or the person with them. Not thinking that there is someone else enjoying a peaceful bow hunting experience or watching wildlife. Please RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE.

  • TRAILUSER says:

    I have seen this respectful letter from Mr Hopkins from 2013 and wish to thank all for their cooperation.
    Happy Hunting Season

    – President Mark Hopkins

    The fall hiking season for Springwater Trails, Inc matches the New York big game hunting season this year. Bow hunting starts October 1st and ends December 17th. Each year the executive board considers the hunting season when scheduling hikes. There are several hunting season rules we follow.

    First and foremost is to avoid trails that are closed during hunting season. The Trillium trail off of the Springwater Trail in Sugarbush Hollow is closed from Oct 1 to Dec 31 for hunting season. This is noted on the sign at the entrance to the trail. Also, many sections of the Finger Lakes Trail are closed during hunting. These sections are marked on the FLT maps, including the interactive map available in the hiking section of http://fltconference.org. We do not hike on trails that are closed.

    Our second rule is to get landowner permission to hike during hunting season. Prior to each hike on private land, the hike leader will obtain permission from the land owner. During hunting season, it is also important to discuss hunting at the time permission is obtained. The hike planner and the land owner should work together to ensure that the hike and hunting will not overlap in time and space.

    Our third rule is to dress appropriately for any hike during hunting season. This means that hikers should wear orange or bright pink clothing. A baseball cap from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference is a safe way to support that trail. Or a simple orange safety vest is a good alternative. And don’t forget the dogs. Look for an orange safety vest at the pet store.
    Finally, we try to remember we are sharing the woods with our neighbors and friends and we need to treat them with respect.

    The fall is a wonderful season to hike. The bugs are gone and the leaves are changing. Many hikers want to be on the trail before the snow falls. Springwater Trails will continue to lead
    our weekly hikes during this season. Now is a good time to get out your orange vest, your orange hat and your orange backpack and join us on the trails.

  • Mark says:

    Just a note for everyone living in the lowlands (ie Rochester) and checking the weather for today’s hike – it snowed this morning up here in Springwater.

News from Springwater


The Missing Sneaker – Hiking the Canadice Lake Shoreline – October 5, 2014


Don was right…you can’t walk the entire shoreline of Canadice Lake.   Wetlands at the southeast end of the lake prevented a hiker from continuing along the east shoreline when he was sucked into the mud and couldn’t get out.   Luckily he managed to escape, leaving his sneaker someplace behind for a artifact to be found someday.  006In the meantime, on the other side of the lake, 13 hikers followed the grassy trail around the south end of the lake, dropping down onto the shoreline past the marshy area. 4 hikers completed the hike all around the lake, sometimes accessing the road for a break from the stones or marshy areas, traveling  at least 3/4  of the shoreline area for a total of 8 miles. Others hiked almost 6 miles of shoreline for pick up at the boat launch.

013Tourists walked half way down the lake on the rocky west shoreline, making a unanimous decison to pick up speed on the upper grassy trail.  While Pati entertained us with stories of an old indian village buried 80 feet under the lake, others navigated the shoreline stones, occasionally climbing over downed logs. Climbers continued on the entire west shoreline and both groups met up at the spillway area about the same time.

photo 2Thanks go out to the City of Rochester for allowing us to access the restricted area at the north end of the lake.   Without water overflowing into the spillway, the dam area felt like some sort of  terrain park or play land for skateboarders or trick bicyles.   Crossing the bridge, we observed the waters from Canadice Lake being passed through the gate into the Canadice Outlet which eventually flows into Hemlock Lake 4 miles downstream.  Many mills were built on the outlet area in the mid 1800’s to take advantage of the power these waters created, dropping 200′ from Canadice to Hemlock Lake with no dam to control the outflow.

After hike social was full of surprises, including our usual healthy food, lasagna and dehydrated apples.  A surprise guest from Kentucky joined us for our hike as he was traveling through the area. 018 Bill Cooke, former CPA for the Environmental Protection Agency presented a slide presentation on his book Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color – A Thru-hike of the Colorado Trail.  Thanks Bill for sharing your 482-mile backpack journey with us and also for the pictures provided for this hike.  Bill may be hiking the entire Finger Lakes Trail next year and possibly we can join him someplace on the way.  Start your Christmas shopping list:  good hiking boots, carrying pack, light weight tent, sleeping bag and pad, small cooking equipment, and dehydrated foods.  Men usually carry about 40 lbs on their back, women 20 lbs.  Anyone want to train?

  • Pam says:

    Hi all! This is Bill and I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the hike and the social afterwards. Great to meet everyone and if you find your way to Lexington, KY, contact me and join one of my hiking groups in the Red River Gorge. I’ll let you know if/when I thru-hike the Finger Lakes trail next summer.

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