Hawk Haven (42.56828, -77.67880) – Directions

Hawk Haven (Ann and Rick Lafford’s home) is located at 6270 McNeil Hill Rd. Parking is at the dead end turn-around or in the driveway. 

From Main St Dansville: Heading southeast on 63 leaving town, turn left on Sahrle Hill Road for 1.3 miles. Turn left on Mendoleine Rd for 0.6mi to the top of the hill, then left on Sterner Rd until it turns into McNeil Hill Rd. Follow McNeil Hill Rd until the dead end. Rick & Ann’s home is on the left.

From Wayland: From Rt 15, take NY 63 North (compass direction is west) toward Dansville for 3.3 miles. Turn right on Whiteman Gully Rd for 0.8 miles and take the first right onto Mendoleine Rd. Turn left onto Sterner Rd on top of the hill.  After 0.7mi, continue straight on McNeil Hill Rd until the dead end. Rick & Ann’s home is on the left.

From Rochester: Take I-390 South to exit 9.  Turn left onto NY 15 toward Lakeville. After one mile continue straight onto NY 256 when 15 bears to the left. Follow 2565 for 19.1 miles past the full length of Conesus Lake.  Turn left on Reeds Corners Rd. Take the first right on Depot Rd, then the first left on Vista Hill Rd (County Line Rd) for 1.2 miles.  Take the first right on Kidd Rd and then right on McNeil Rd.  Rick & Ann’s home is on the left.

Elevation: 1538.05 ft
Latitude: 42.56828
Longitude: -77.67880

Hike at Hawk Haven – Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:00PM

[singlepic id=49 w=320 h=240 float=right]Some of you may remember our hike last spring at Tom and Jerri Rounsville’s home. This Sunday we will return to the same area for a winter hike. The hike this time will start at Ann and Rick Lafford’s home and a social will follow the hike. The Laffords will provide Chili and salad. Please bring a dish to pass and your choice of beverage. Coffee will be available.

There will be three hikes available. You may select the hike based on distance, climbs and the grooming of the trail.

Climbers: This week’s walk will cover approx. 3 miles of tree farm and forest terrain, some of it following logging trails. The hike involves two climbs of approx. 400’ but these are separated and occur over a ¼ and ½ mile distance. There is one steep descent down a logging trail.

[singlepic id=50 w=320 h=240 float=left]Tourists: This week’s walk will cover approx. 3 miles of tree farm and forest terrain, some of it through old vineyard. The hike involves one climb of approx. 300’ and another of 200’ but the slope is gentle and this is a relatively easy hike.

[singlepic id=48 w=320 h=240 float=right]Naturalists: This walk includes the hang-glider launch site, tree farm and forest, all on a well-groomed trail, with only moderate ups and downs.

Please click here for directions.

Hike to the South Pole

Last week our very on Char joined a hike across Antarctica to the South Pole.  She was able to send us one image of the desolate landscape.The summer sun on the way across Antarctica to the South Pole.

Char points out that it is summer in Antarctica so the sun is up 24 hours each day.  But it only gets about 30 degrees above the horizon.

As the tour headed south toward the pole, Char says they all wore the same snow clothing so it was only with great care that they could tell who was in the lead.  We were fortunate to find a satellite image of the troop taken just a few days ago and show the two lead hikers.  Unfortunately Char doesn’t think she was in this picture.Satellite 0485

Char expects to be back and at our Springwater Trails hike on Sunday.  So stop and ask her about her trip!


Election of Officers

Date:  January 23, 2013

To:  All Members of the Springwater Trails Association

Re:  Election of Officers

In accord with the Bylaws, the annual meeting has been set for March 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm at Sugarbush Hollow in Springwater, NY.  An important part of the annual meeting is the election of officers to hold the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  The term for these positions is one year with no limitation on re-election.

The Nominating Committee has been charged by the Executive Board with identifying eligible candidates from the membership for these volunteer positions.  The following represents a summary of some of the roles and responsibilities of each position:

  • President:  Responsible for general supervision of the organization. Responsible for establishing trail routes, negotiating with property owners and construction/maintenance of the Trail.
  • Vice President:  Assists the President and assumes the responsibilities of President when required.  Provides general supervision of the hiking group.
  • Secretary:  Records minutes of meetings, provides for correspondence, and maintains all records.
  • Treasurer:  Responsible for correct and complete accounting and performs all banking.  The Treasurer supervises fund raising and maintains the roll of members.

The Nominating Committee is seeking your input as it prepares the slate.  Please identify those members that would do a good job in a given role.  It’s certainly OK to throw your own hat in the ring.  Your suggestions will be treated anonymously by the Nominating Committee, which is independent of the Executive Board.  Our goal is to have your suggestions and comments by February 18, 2013 (please use the email address below).

If you would like more information or clarification on roles and responsibilities or the process, please send us a note.  Remember that this is your group and its vitality depends on an active membership.  There is a healthy amount to do in 2013 as the Trail grows, but many hands make light work so please dig in!

Best Regards,

Dean Faklis, for the Nominating Committee, dfaklis at frontiernet dot net