Halloween Hike or Bike Ride – Canadice Lake

October 31, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This Sunday we will bicycle and hike along the west side of Canadice Lake. We will meet at the north end of Canadice off of Purcell Hill Rd.  Both hikers will head south on a pleasant and easy maintenance road that seems to be a favorite route for many local walkers and skiers (when there is snow). Climbers, Tourists and Naturalists will all hike the same route, each group going at its own speed and distance.

Please arrive a few minutes early so we can organize and start hiking at 2:00PM.

Since it’s Halloween, everyone is invited to cycle and hike in costume. Curses on politicians of any stripe are forbidden on state land, but well behaved dogs are welcome.

The Hikers

This hike will be a slow walk up and down the Canadice shoreline. We’ll walk south for an hour and then return to the starting place. Based on our hiking speed, some hikers will have time to head up Rob’s Trail for a view of the lake from above. If the lake level is low we will investigate a route down to the water for a walk back on the rocks of the shoreline.

The Bicyclists

The bicyclists will cycle south down the west side of Canadice lake to the end of the lake, and then return the same way. Since this is a short distance for a bike ride, we’ll explore the roads and trails at the south end of the lake before returning to the starting place.

The Social

The social will be at the Birdhouse Brewery in Honoeye.


Directions (click here for a more detailed guide):

We will meet at the northwest parking area for Canadice Lake on Purcell Hill Road west of Canadice Lake Road. Please note that this is not a boat launch.

From Rochester and the I390 Exit 11 Park and Ride: From Rochester, take I390 south to Exit 11.  Turn left (south) on Rt 15.  The park and ride is on the right side.  From the park and ride, turn right onto Rt 15 and then an immediate left onto Rt 251 toward Rush.  After 1.3 miles, bear right onto 15A.  Follow 15A through Rush, Lima and Hemlock for 18.5 miles.  Turn left on Purcell Hill Road for 1.2 miles.  At the bottom of the hill, the parking area is on the right before you cross the Canadice outlet.

From Springwater: Take 15A north from the Rt15 intersection for 7.6 miles.  Turn right on Purcell Hill Road for 1.2 miles.  At the bottom of the hill, the parking area is on the right before you cross the Canadice outlet.

From Honeoye:  From Rt 20A, turn south on CR 37.  After 3.7 miles turn right at the white church in Canadice.  Stay straight onto Burch Hill Rd when CR37 bears to the left.  Follow Burch Hill Rd down to Canadice Lake Rd.  Turn right (north) on Canadice Rd for 0.7 miles, then left on Purcell Hill.  The parking area is on the left in 0.2 miles.

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