High Tor in Early Spring - Basset Rd DEC Parking Lot - Sunday Apr 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm EDT (42.5999, -77.3636)
Next Sunday’s hike will take us to this Wildlife Management area run by the DEC Division of Fish and Wildlife for the purposes of conservation and recreation. A “tor” is by definition a hill or mound, therefore not much flatland for hikers. However, I have done my best to accommodate our 3 levels of hikers for this outing.
Meeting Place Large parking area on Basset Rd. Naples. From Rt. 21 in Naples, heading south, bear left on Rt. 53.. In about .75 miles, turn left on County Rd. 21. aka Italy Valley Rd. Basset Rd is a left turn, about 2 miles east. The parking area is on the left, about .5 miles down.
Hiking Groups All hikers will start together on a gravel forest road which leads from the same point in the parking area. We will head north on the gravel road, soon passing through a gate and bear left and pass by two nice ponds, then head uphill on a gradual grade through the woods. When we reach the intersection where the orange trail (the Bristol Hills Branch of the FLT) enters from the left, hikers can split into separate routes.
The Climbers will turn left and follow the orange trail to the first intersection with the blue trail. At that point they will turn to the left to follow the blue trail down to East Hill Rd. Cars will be waiting to ferry climbers back to the Basset Rd parking lot.
The Tourists will turn right to follow the gravel road east to a gate, where they will turn right to head back down to the parking lot.
Meanwhile the Naturalists will continue straight on the gravel road. They may continue to the DEC lean to with an overlook of Canandaigua Lake. But the Naturalists should check their watches and turn about to arrive back at the parking lot at around 4:00.
Social Following the hike we will meet at Middletown Tavern on the corner of Main Street (Rt 21) and Clark St. (Co.Rd 36).
Directions: From the intersection of NY 21 and NY 53 at the south end of Main St in Naples, follow NY 53 south for 0.8 miles. Turn left onto Italy Valley Rd (CR 21). In 2.1 miles turn left onto Basset Rd. In 0.3 miles and after the road turns right, the parking lot will be on the left.
Directions to the social: Follow Basset Rd, Italy Valley Rd and NY 53 back to Naples. Continue straight onto NY 21 (Main St). The Middletown Tavern is on the left across from the gas station.