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Johnson Hill Trail/Reynolds Gull – October 26, 2014 2:00

chikerHow far can our hikers really hike….6 miles, 8 miles, 12 miles in 2-3 hours?  What if they challenged themselves to hike for 10 hours for a long distance hike of 20 miles?  This past week I had the honor to be a trail angel for a long distance hiker, inspiring me to design this week’s hike as a distance hike. More details to come on meeting a woman that is hiking the North Country Trail from North Dakota to New York for a distance of 4,600 miles.  She is in our area this week on the Finger Lakes Trail.

We will meet in the large parking lot at the entrance to the South Boat Launch on Hemlock Lake at 1:45 for a quick take off at 2:00.   Remember it is bow hunting season, wear bright clothing and respect the hunters that use these trails this time of year.

Climbers/Tourists will be taken to a designated location at the top of Johnson Hill/Reynolds Gull Road.   Although they will be limited  to a 2 1/2  hour hike, they will attempt to cover 6 miles, including  a steep downward road trek, picking up the Johnson Hill trail, and finishing over the bank next to Reynolds Gull onto 15A.

Picture10Naturalists will car pool to the Johnson Hill trail, crossing over the top of a double cascade waterfall, then proceeding for  a slight uphill hike into a Hemlock forest high above the Reynolds Gull waterfalls for a distance of 1.5 miles round trip.  Scenic views of Hemlock Lake, Springwater Creek, waterfalls and a beautiful mid fall deciduous forest will offer many picture taking opportunities.

After hike social will be at Pati’s and Jim’s camp on Wheaton Hill Road.  Watch for the Springwater Trail sign 1/2 way up the hill between Canadice Lake and Wetmore Roads. As always, bring a healthy fall dish to pass and your preferred drink or make a donation ($5) to the social fund. Jim will prepare a tasty roasted ham for our main meal!

Directions: (42.668316,-77.592123) The parking lot is on the west side of Rt 15A just south of Hemlock Lake.  Details are available here.

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

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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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