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Snowshoeing the Back Roads of Hi -Tor Wildlife Management Area, Naples – March 8, 2014 2:00

Views of south end of Canandaigua lake

Views of south end of Canandaigua lake

traveling gnome

traveling gnome

parking area on Rt. 245

parking area on Rt. 245

Where will the traveling gnome take us hiking this week? We will explore the back roads and trails in the Conklin/Parrish Gully Hi-Tor area high above the south end of Canandaigua Lake.   With beautiful views of the Canandaigua Inlet, West River, Bristol Mountain and surrounding hills and gullies, we will hike and/or snowshoe plowed or non plowed roads, as well as tread upon some of the nearby hi-tor trails if snow depth permits. Please note that no dogs will be allowed on this hike.

ice fishing on lakes

ice fishing on lakes

running out of wood

running out of wood

While many of us local folks are running out of wood, shoveling snow off our roofs, downhill skiing or ice fishing, dreaming about vacationing in Mexico, others are bravely snowshoeing in – degree weather to work off their winter sugar habits.

shoe shoeing on Lower Road, Naples

shoe shoeing on Lower Road, Naples

put on your lip balm

put on your lip balm

So put on your lip balm, dress warm, bring your snow shoes and join us for some winter fun.  We will meet at 1:45 at the DEC parking lot on Rt. 245 to car pool up Parrish Hill Road to our starting point near Lower Road.  From there we will break into at least 2 groups:  Naturalists and Tourist/Climbers. Depending on snow conditions, Naturalists will hike the plowed roads of Lower Road and Parrish Hill Road.  Tourists and Climbers will extend their hike on the non plowed extension of Lower Road, and plowed roads of Shay, DeWolf and Donley. Climbers may extended their snowshoeing into the nearby Bristol Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail System in the Hi-Tor area around Conklin Gully if snow depth conditions are acceptable.

lower road, naples

lower road, naples

After hike social will take place at 3996 Lower Road at the corner of Parrish Hill Road and Lower Road.  Park on Parrish Hill Road, social at first house on the left on Lower Road. Bring a dish to pass, your own drink and join some local neighbors that live in the hills high above Naples.

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Winterfest Hike Recap

IMG_0860WFor those of you who missed the big event at Mendon Ponds Park, here is a quick accounting of the day’s event. Around the park there were numerous “winter” activities to enjoy. There was a good turnout. Springwater Trails had a presence at the winter Hiking Gear Display. Huge thanks to Don who organized the array of traction devices for winter hikers. He did a fine job of representing the gamut of gear for trekkers of all terrains. Don also did a fine job of promoting our own Springwater Trails activities to all who stopped by. Our nine hikers set off from Hopkins Point at 3:15, just as the rain subsided. We welcomed two new folks, Charlie and Sara, on their first hike with us. We headed up the West Esker following the Orange Loop for its entirety. Mendon Ponds Park is noted in the National Registry of Natural Landmarks for its glacial formations, the eskers and kettle ponds being two of them. It was a fairly easy walk with a few moderate hills. At the end of the loop, Mark and Georgia set off to explore the lower regions of the area by the pond, while the rest of us descended to the Devil’s Bathtub, a kettle hole. No one was inclined to test out the ice. After a steep climb out of the Bathtub, the group set out for a stroll on the Grasslands Trail. We encountered numerous deer browsing in the twilight. Our tour concluded with a nice meander along the ridge between Devil’s Bathtub and Deep Pond, a lovely vantage point as the sun set. Arrival back at Hopkins Point Lodge was timed perfectly. We had the place to ourselves, as the ROC group had already departed. The Crock Pots were steaming and sending off enticing aromas for the hungry horde of 9. Again kudos to Don for arranging for us to have the lodge for our social, free of charge. Supper was nothing less than superb, with amazing soup, stew, chili and chicken. Char’s cake was an outstanding conclusion to a perfect evening.

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