Trail Maintenance - Rob's Trail West Parking Lot - Sunday Jun 26, 2016 @ 11:00 am EDT (42.7232, -77.5898)
This Sunday, Springwater Trails will be working with the Nature Conservancy to haul supplies for a footbridge across the gully and to help construct the remaining sections of Rob’s Trail extension. Please note the time change as we try to work with the Nature Conservancy schedule. Since we are planning this workday in real time, please check back here for updates. Please send John an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are planning to come.
Rob’s Trail is one of the favorite hikes for Springwater Trails. The Central & Western New York Chapter of the Nature Conservancy built this trail in memory of Rob van der Stricht, their Board Chair who died in 2006. The trail from Rt 15A to Canadice Lake was opened in 2008.
In 2014, the Nature Conservancy announced plans to extend Rob’s Trail down to Hemlock Lake and the along the old road to the North Boat Launch. Based on the map published in the announcement, and on scouting done by Rick Osiecki, Springwater Trails led a hike from the west side of Hemlock Lake to the east side of Canadice last year, and this spring we hiked the partially completed extension from Rt 15A to the Hemlock North boat launch.
The work season for Rob’s Trail is just starting. There is a bridge to be built This Sunday, Springwater Trails will join the Nature Conservancy as they start the planned completion of this trail. Last Friday, we got a message requesting assistance with the work this spring, and decided to devote our trail maintenance Sunday to this trail. John took responsibility for planning and things have fallen into place. So please join us, and bring family members and friends, to help get this work off to a great start.
We will meet at the new trailhead/parking lot on the west side of 15A. This parking area is slightly north of the end of Old Bald Hill South and the original Rob’s Trail parking area. It connects directly to the Extension trail without crossing 15A. We will meet at 11:00AM. If you can’t make it at 11:00, please come as soon as possible and hike down the trail (west toward Hemlock Lake) to meet us. The upper part of the trail should be easy to follow. Bring work gloves and loppers. Be prepared for some digging in the dirt.
John will cater a social afterwards right at the parking area. Please contact him if you can help with the social – Springwater Trails will pay for the food.
From Springwater: Go north on 15A for 6.0 miles. The parking area is on the left just after the north end of Old Bald Hill South.
From Hemlock: Go south on 15A for 5.1 miles. The parking area is on the right just before the north end of Old Bald Hill South.