hike at Little Rock City on Sunday morning of 2017 Independence Day weekend - Sunday Jul 2, 2017 @ 10:30 am EDT
Little Rock City (a rather unique hike destination) is located in Rock City State Forest, and as cities go, well, it is not a city in the traditional sense, as occupied by humans, … it is a city of rocks. “Little Rock City” is one of three “Rock Cities” in the Cattaraugus County, NY. [The other two are Rock City Park (a privately owned tourist attraction of rock formations and more), and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park may be considered by some to be a rock city.]
For Sunday, July 2nd 2017, ST has not planned a ST hike. BUT WAIT- do not be dismayed, here is a hike opportunity that some ST hikers may be willing to travel to and find the hike well worth the distance of travel.
The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) runs thru Rock City State Forest, as do some other trails.
This is a hike provided by the group Chautauqua Hikes, and likely you’ll be joined by some hikers from Olean Area Hiking Group (yes, the same group that ST did a joint hike with at Hanging Bog three or so years ago). Hikes are open to other hikers.
The two paragraphs below in italics are the hike particulars as provided.
Come out and join us for a hike at Little Rock City on Sunday July 2nd. We
will meet at the park and ride on Rt 60 at 9:30am to carpool to the trail.
This is a trail that we did a few times years ago but not recently. Bring
a lunch and water. Dress for the weather. The trial is hilly and rocky.
I’m not sure of the distance but we will be out all day, including travel
This state forest received its name due to the massive boulders the size of
houses which are naturally arranged so that they resemble a city with
“streets” running between them. This unique “city” is formed by many
factors including a massive resistant conglomerate bed, erosion of the weak
shale base and soil creep. The conglomerate bed actually has its own
geological designation known as Devonian Salamanca conglomerate. A
conglomerate is a rock consisting of individual stones that have become
– – Please note, the carpool point (park & ride on Rt 60 at 9:30am) listed in the two italics paragraphs above is not one that ST hikers would use, as it is in Jamestown area well west of Little Rock City. Hike start time, albeit listed in this post as 10:30AM, likely is not exact.
Check this post for any additional info as we get closer to hike day. Hoping for a better defined hike start time, and perhaps a suggested carpool point for ST hikers wanting to go. The drive to the hike from Springwater is ~ 2 hours. Under consideration as a carpool point is: Springwater Town Hall &/or a parking lot in Wayland. – – – Interested hikers should feel free to “log-in” to the ST website (as an authorized user) and post comments & suggestions to this post, and set-up carpool arrangements among yourselves with the comments.- – – (most recent update to this post by author – Tuesday 6/26/2017 ~ 12:15PM)
As a primer, here at two links about Rock City State Forest (and more), both are on CNYhiking website. You’ll find some photos of Little Rock City in the links. – – A shout out of “THANKS” to Ed of CNYhiking for the plethora of fantastic info he has cataloged for use by hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Do you find Facebook to be an enjoyable tool? Did you know that you can advertise the Springwater Trails hikes on Facebook? This is an easy way to share our recreation opportunities with your friends and neighbors.
However, it has been pointed out that Facebook isn’t always obvious about how to do things. So here are some instructions I have learned.
Lets suppose you read something on the main page of Springwatertrails.org that you would like to share. Just now, reading the home page, I saw Ellen’s note about Teasels.
The first thing I do, is click on the title of the story. This brings up a page with just that one story. That way I can easily comment on the one story and not confuse my facebook friends. From the Address bar of my browser, I highlight and copy the address to this page.
Next, I log onto Facebook, and on my home page, I type a comment into the “What’s on your mind?” box, and paste the address from the address bar.
At this point, Facebook goes to the Springwater Trails website and looks at the page. It reads what is on the page, and looks for any pictures. This may take awhile. If you can wait, you will see the pictures.
What you will notice is that Facebook finds two pictures on this page. The first picture appears at the top of the page. The second picture is a part of the text of the post. You can leave the pictures as they are, but notice that the first picture has nothing to do with the Teasels. Really, the second picture is the better one. There is an arrow in the upper right that lets you select the desired picture.
The final step is to post you comments. When you press Post, you will notice that Facebook removes the Springwater Trails address from your comments, because the box with the picture and description is the actual link.
When you post a link on a Facebook Page, things show up slightly differently. Here is how it looks when I post on a Facebook page, rather than on my own timeline. (To find the Springwater Trails Facebook page, search Facebook for Springwater Trails Hiking Page).
Step 4 (Pages)
There are still the two pictures. In this situation, you want to remove pictures you don’t want, rather than selecting the one you do like. You can click on any of the small pictures to remove it, or you can look within the larger pictures an find an X in the upper right corner to delete it. I clicked on the first small picture.
Step 5 (Pages)
When you post to a page, the link address isn’t removed automatically for you. So, you may want to highlight the link and delete it just before you click on Publish.
Facebook also has Group pages (Search for Springwater Trails Hiking Group). Posting a link to the Springwater Trails webpage works the same on the Group page and on your personal page. however, it is seen by the people who have joined the group, rather than by all of your friends.
I hope this helps you post links to our website. It is a great way to increase our hiking group’s audience.
Note: As of Monday afternoon (1/12/2015) Hopkins Point Rd is not plowed from Rt 65 to the lodge access. These directions get you to the lodge from Canfield Rd.
Easiest access to the lodge is from NY 65 on the west side of the park. Enter the park on Canfield Rd. Take the first right onto Hopkins Point Rd and follow to the lodge on the right.
From Springwater: Head north on Rt 15A for 23.5 miles. Turn right onto Sibley Rd (On 15A, you will go through Lima, then past Honeoye Falls 6 Rd and Honeoye Falls Five Points Rd. Sibley Rd is the next right after Honeoye Falls Five Points Rd). At the end of Sibley Rd (1.4 miles) turn left onto Rt 65N (Clover St). Continue on 65N through the traffic circle. 3.5 miles north of the traffic circle, turn right onto Canfield Rd. Take the first right onto Hopkins Point Rd. Then left on Pond View Rd. The lodge is on the right above the parking lot.
A Map of Mendon Ponds Park is available at http://www2.monroecounty.gov/files/parks/Maps/MendonPark.pdf. If you are coming from the east, you can enter the park on Canfield Rd or Pond Rd. Check the map for details.