NOTICE: Snow is expected this afternoon with heavier accumulations starting at 3:00PM. To adjust for the weather, you are asked to:
- Meet at the Farm House, at 6840 Liberty Pole Road. Park in the driveway as carefully as possible.
- If possible, share rides, to reduce the number of cars parked in the driveways.
- Bring snowshoes or skis if possible. Hikers without snowshoes or ski will hike with the naturalists along Story Road.
This Sunday, the Springwater Trails hikers are invited to snowshoe, ski, and hike on approximately 250 acres in the Northwest corner of Springwater on the beautiful All Western Evergreen Nursery & Christmas Tree Farm and Story Road, hosted by Katherine Humphrey.
The snow is deep but the temperature will be right at the freezing point. Expect a good workout. To accommodate hikers, skiers and snowshoers, we will start in two places and be in touch by cell phone (585-737-5205). We plan to break up into three groups.
Group 1, the Naturalists and skiers, will meet at the house and will car pool up to the corner of Swartz Road and Story Road (parking along the road where it is closed off and snowmobiles have made a trail – so leave space for them to enter). By the way, did you know that Story Rd used to be called Springwater – Sparta Town Line Road before the Post Office decided that name was way too long. Story Road between Swartz and Liberty Pole is a seasonal road which is rather flat (about 200ft drop from Swartz Rd to Liberty Pole). At this time of year the road is closed and has piles of snow pushed up by the snow plows at either end. The snowmobiles have been through to pack the snow, making it an ideal hike for those of us who have troubles with deep snow and uphill climbs. The Naturalists, led by Gene, will snowshoe, ski, or hike on Story Road. We will go down and back up again on the same road, enjoying the view from the top of the hill across to East Hill.
Afterwards, all are invited to the dish-to-pass social at the house at 6840 Liberty Pole Road and we have permission to park across the road at 6839 Liberty Pole Road (James home) where, by permission at least 4 or 5 cars can park – three straight across the back and two behind parked parallel to the road.
Group 2, the Tourists, will meet at the house at 6840 Liberty Pole Road. Park in the driveway as carefully as possible. Due to the snow, parking is limited and hikers who can share rides are encouraged to do so. Rick will lead The Tourists on a figure 8 route that has been laid out by the pre-hikers on snowshoes. This group will hike the farm road up past Don’s chair and then will follow the new trail that was cleared last summer through the woods. The older road will be followed up to the main Christmas Tree fields where the large trees will protect us from the wind. The top of the figure 8 is at the base of the Cathedral Pines which will be added to the hike if time permits. From the Cathedral Pines, the trail heads back downhill along the South Field road to the farm house.
And Group 3, The Climbers, will car pool to the corner of Storey Rd and Liberty Pole Rd. Skiers will do best in this group. Melissa will then lead this group south on Story Rd toward to the cabled entrance (past the 8 ft. fence at the South Field Road entrance on Story) and back down through the woods and Cathedral pines and a possible loop through the fields at the top of the hill. and then will follow the Tourist’s figure 8 trail down to the house for the social. If time permits, some Climbers may choose to break new trail south from the Cathedral Pines toward Swartz Road, passing through the Norway Spruce, the Fraser fir, Canaan fir, Alaska Yellow Cedar, Nordmann fir, Meyer Spruce, Montana Larch, and back North along the Grand fir, Fraser fir, Concolor fir trees, Western Red Cedar, and Douglas fir. All hikers are expected to take pictures of each different kind of tree as they pass them – they will be quizzed during the social!
The dish-to-pass social (or make a contribution [5/person] to the social fund) will be at the house at 6840 Liberty Pole Road. Please bring you own choice of beverage – cold Spring Water is available! Everyone is invited to stay after the hike to enjoy a hot meal (soup) and socialize. Come dressed for the weather. Items for dish-to-pass can be left at the house to stay hot or as desired during the hike.
Group 1: Directions to Story and Swartz Rd corner: From Springwater: Go west from the Springwater light on Rt 15 North. Just past the top of the hill, turn left on Co Rd 38 (Liberty Pole Rd). Turn left at the 4-way stop on CR 60 (Carney Hollow Rd). Turn right at the next road (Swartz Rd). Story Rd is the first cross Rd. We will hike north (to the right). From Rochester: Take I390 south to Exit 9 (NY 15 / Lakeville). Turn left onto NY 15 and follow Rt 15 through Lakeville and Livonia (16.5 miles). Just past Webster’s Crossing stay straight on CR 60 (Carney Hollow Rd) when Rt 15 bears left. Take the second right off CR 60 onto Swartz Rd. Story Rd is the first cross Rd. We will hike north (to the right). To return to the farm house, go back down Swartz Rd, turn left on Carney Hollow Rd and another left onto Liberty Pole Rd at the 4-way stop. The farm is on the left at 6840 Liberty Pole Rd.
Group 2: Directions to the Farm House:
From Springwater: Go west from the Springwater light on Rt 15 North. Just past the top of the hill, turn left on Co Rd 38 (Liberty Pole Rd). The farm is on the left 1.1 miles from Rt 15 at 6840 Liberty Pole Rd.
From Geneseo: Go south on NY 63. About 6.4 miles after passing Rt 408, turn left on County Road 1 at Groveland. This road becomes CR 1A at Scottsburg (rt 256) and then Liberty Pole Rd (CR 38). It is 7.1 miles from Groveland to the All Western Evergreen Tree Farm.
From Rochester: Take I390 south to Exit 9 (NY 15 / Lakeville). Turn left onto NY 15 and follow Rt 15 through Lakeville and Livonia (16.5 miles). Just past Webster’s Crossing stay straight on CR 60 when Rt 15 bears left. Take the first right off CR 60 onto Liberty Pole Rd (CR 38). The farm is on the left at 6840 Liberty Pole Rd.