Rattlesnake Hill Hike – Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:30PM

The Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management area is a 5,100 acre tract of high – elevation land featuring a wonderful variety of terrain.  There are three main corridors of access to this huge tract.  The focus of this hike will be the lower ponds/ravine trail area.

We will meet at the parking area off off Clara Barton St (Route 36S) south west of Main St. Note: This is a different location than the Library/Sunrise Restaurant we usually use because the Dogwood Festival is in progress in Dansville on the 19th. Directions: From Main Street in Dansville go west on Clara Barton Street (Route 36 South). Then take a right turn by the Town Hall/Police Station near the ‘Home Video” sign to the parking area.  NOTE:  We will leave the parking area PROMPTLY at 1:30 to start the journey to Rattlesnake Hill.

The climbers will hike some steep hills and trails for close to a six mile workout looping back to the hikes origin.  The Tourists will take a more leisurely but not lazy four mile hike ending up at a scenic pond area and then back tracking to the trail source.  The Naturalist will take the same trail as the Tourists stopping to enjoy the wildflowers and natures wonders, timing themselves to turn back at the 1 hour mark in keeping the with the 2 hour hike schedule.

The after hike social will be at a nearby picnic area with a beautiful pond to explore after enjoying a hot dog and other gourmet goodies.  Hot dogs with all the fixins and ice cold H2O will be provided.  Please bring a dish to pass and beverage of choice or make a donation.  Also bring a  lawn chair if the ground is not your preference for sitting. (Alternate social at Carol’s if the weather does not corporate)

Looks like a sunny, 70’s day on Sunday so bring your sun screen, hat and shades.  The trails are clear logging roads for the most part (no bushwhacking) so feel free to show some of your winter white skin if you so choose!

Remember we will LEAVE the parking area at 1:30 so we can get to and start the hike at rattlesnake hill at 2:00.

Click here for directions to the car pool parking.