This Sunday promises to be cooler, and we will return to the woods of Naples for hiking along the hills south of the village. Starting at the DEC buildings along Route 245, we will head southwest along Naples Creek, with the groups splitting up near the Ontario Street Bridge. All hikers meet at 3:45 for a 4 PM start.
Tourists and Naturalists will continue along Naples Creek, skirting the side of Hatch Hill to the parking area at Mark Circle and back, for a total hike of about 3 miles. This is a fairly flat and easy hike, close to the stream for cooling breezes.
Climbers will take the turn-off for the more challenging Bristol Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail up the hill on the orange blazed trail, cutting off on the blue trail to make a loop past the overlook area and returning to the start by the orange trail. Total distance is about 5.75 miles with roughly 1,100 feet of elevation gain.
Social: Following the hike, we will retire to the community park next to Bob’s and Ruth’s for a picnic with social distance. There are a few picnic tables, but bring a lawn chair to be on the safe side.
From Springwater/Dansville/Wayland: Take Rt 21N into Naples, turning to the left at the intersection with Rt 53. Turn right after about 1.4 miles down Main St onto Route 245 (across from Bob’s and Ruth’s) and drive .4 miles to the parking area on the right, just over the Naples Creek bridge.
From Honeoye: Take Rt#36 south into Naples, turn left on Main St and drive 1.2 miles and turn right onto Route 245. Parking area is on right, just past Naples Creek bridge.
From Canandaigua: Take Rt#21S to Woodville. Turn left at the intersection with Rt 245, drive approximately .4 miles to the parking area on the right, just over the Naples Creek bridge.