This past Saturday and Sunday I had the rare opportunity to join two area hiking groups. Saturday I joined the Victor Hiking Group in the Hemlock/Canadice State Forest for an enjoyable walk down the trail on the west side of a slightly ice covered Canadice Lake. A few miles down the lake we entered a forest trail which led to the Nature Conservancy area of Rob’s Trail, climbing 700 ft up Bald Hill to it’s summit and back. I was a little skeptical of being able to complete the climb, but our gracious leaders from the Victor Hiking Club were a little different than our climbers in Springwater Trails (who travel at great speeds), taking a break at every 100′ feet to rest and observe the area. Much to my surprise tourists are capable of the climb if you take your time!
Observations included a strange kermit type rock, large cropping of oak trees on Nature Conservancy property, a strange oily substance coming from the wetland area at the summit, and first sightings of the wildflower coltsfoot. On the way down the slippery hill, we ended back at the lake trail, and decided to travel closer to the lake. The water was a turquoise color, the ice was just about to melt, and one could feel a cold temperature adjustment like you were opening a refrigerator. It was an interesting and refreshing sensation on a warm spring day.
I thanked the Victor Hiking Group for inviting Springwater Trails to hike with them, gave them some maple granola and BBQ sauce, and showed them access areas to Hemlock Lake and the Canadice Outlet if they wanted to return at another date. It was a nice day off with no responsibilities. There are more pictures at the bottom of this post.
On Sunday, 10 country Springwater Trails hikers went to the “burbs” to join the Victor Hiking Club and the Crescent Trails Association in 70 degree summer like weather for the dedication of the new Seneca Trail and merging of two county trails, Monroe and Ontario, in the Towns of Perinton and Victor. 90 hikers showed up for the celebration behind the old Valentown Museum near Eastview Mall. For country hikers, Springwater Trails had a variety of new terrain experiences walking through mall parking lots, behind corporate buildings, across main intersections, as we began and ended our 4 mile hike through a forested area around a highly developed area. Our climbers were quick to be at the fore front of the hike, and some even hiking back for a distance of 8 miles. I think we impressed a few with our skills! Except for a few ST hikers most were pick up at the Woodcliff where buses transported us back to Valentown.
Observations by Gene include sounds of spring peepers, cardinal, red wing blackbird, blue jay and song sparrows. Georgia and Pam identifed many trees, plants, mushrooms and wildflowers including beech, black cherry, red oak, white oak, chestnut, muscle, cottonwood and hornbeam trees, first spring wildflowers of skunk cabbage and coltsfoot.
Thanks again to our neighboring hiking clubs and David Wright, President of Victor Hiking Trails for inviting us to participate! Hope to join you again!