Hike, Ski and Snowshoe at Harriett Hollister Spencer Park

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Update:   Don’t bring snowshoes or skis as the snow is gone and we will be hiking.  Be prepared for some mud on the trails. There are deep ruts in Canadice Hill Rd between Townline Rd and Harriett Hollister – travelers from Springwater should follow the directions below.

This Sunday, December 28th, Springwater Hikers will meet at the parking lot at the entrance to Harriett Hollister Spencer Park at 2:00PM.  Hikers that wish should consider bringing their snowshoes or cross country skis.  If you bring an extra pair of snowshoes, you may find a hiker willing to try them out.

Harriet Hollister Hike Jan 5, 2014 027Hikers on boots or snowshoes should avoid the groomed ski trails (carefully groomed by the Rochester Cross Country Ski Foundation), so we will have one hike for skiers and another for those on snowshoes or boots.  Since the park is a popular winter sports location, some trails may be easy walking even with snow and we will adjust based on conditions and snow depth.

hh-map-12-2012-rev-1-21[1]The after hike social will be at K&D’s Valley Inn in Honeoye.


FROM HONEOYE:  From 20A turn south onto County Route 37 and go about 4 miles to the County Route 37/Canadice Hill Road split.  Continue south on Canadice Hill Road about 3 miles.  Harriett Hollister Spencer Park will be on your left.

FROM SPRINGWATER:  Take Route 15A north out of Springwater for one mile and turn right on Wheaton Hill Road. Take the 1st left onto Canadice Rd.  Turn right to stay on Canadice Rd. At the county line continue onto Co Rd 37 for 2.0 miles. Turn right onto Luckenbach Hill Rd. At the top, turn left onto Ross Rd.  At the stop sign, take a sharp right onto Canadice Hill Rd. Harriett Hollister Spencer Park will be on your right.

Planning Winter Hikes

Winter is a great time to hike. When wetlands are frozen, it is possible to hike places that you can’t visit in warm weather. With all of the undergrowth buried under snow, you can see new views under the trees. And, of course, there are no bugs.

It is time to plan our winter hikes. First, we looked for a hike coordinator to collect the hike plans and track them through the season.  This position earns the coordinator a full year membership in Springwater Trails, Inc. Rick Henchen has volunteered to be our Winter Coordinator.  You may contact him at [email protected].

Everyone is invited to plan a hike. There are 13 Sundays this winter.

January 18 is the date of the Mendon Ponds Winter Fest.  Don is working on plans so that Springwater Trails will have a presence at the park and Melissa will plan a hike for that same afternoon. Lots of fun winter activities so you may want to plan to go early, look around, and help Don man the Springwater Trails display.  Send Don a message if you can help out that day.

Gene has offered to plan a winter hike on the Ontario Pathway in Canandaigua. Melissa will do a similar hike/ski/shoe on the Greenway Trail in Mt Morris or in Avon on February 15th.

On March 15, we will be holding our Springwater Trails, Inc, annual meeting at the social after the hike.  The Springwater Trails, Inc. officers will plan that hike based on where we decide to have the annual meeting.

March 22 and 29th are the two weekends of New York State Maple Weekend.  We will have our regular 2:00 hikes on Sundays, even if Springwater Trails is serving a pancake breakfast for Maple Weekend.

Please note that the schedule below is still preliminary.  If you would like to plan a hike but all dates you can do are taken, please contact Rick in case he can adjust the schedule.

Date Description Planner
Jan 4, 2015 2:00PM Boughton Park  Douglas
Jan 11, 2015 2:00PM Canadice Outlet  Pam
Jan 18, 2015 2:00PM Mendon Ponds – following Winter Fest Melissa
Jan 25, 2015 2:00PM Burning Springs, Bristol Char & Linda
Feb 1, 2015 2:00PM Hike, snowshoe, ski – Ontario Pathways, Canandaigua Gene
Feb 8, 2015 2:00PM Liberty Pole Rd Katherine, Carol
Feb 15, 2015 2:00PM Hike, snowshoe, ski – Greenway Trail, Mt Morris or Avon Melissa
Feb 22, 2015 2:00PM A family hike at Letchworth winter lodge Rick
Mar 1, 2015 2:00PM  Harper’s Ferry and Devil’s Slide TBD
Mar 8, 2015 2:00PM EDT Day hike Niver Rd to Canadice Lake via Rob’s Trail Mark
Mar 15, 2015 2:00PM Springwater Center followed by ST Annual Meeting Don
Mar 22, 2015 2:00PM Erie Canal Towpath – Macedon, NY Gene
Mar 29, 2015 2:00PM Wheaten Hill Trails TBD

So, check your calendar, pick a date, select a hike and make a phone call or send an email to [email protected].  The winter hike coordinator will then put together a schedule.

Schribner Valley Hike and Holiday Social – 2:00 PM – Sunday, December 14, 2014

Three weeks ago, we worked on a portion of the Springwater Trail through Schribner Valley.  Join us on Sunday for a hike through the woods and across the fields above the valley.  IMG_0239Based on how much it snows this week, the hike will be adjusted to take advantage of the weather.  So, check back here Sunday morning for an update on the conditions and suggestions on what gear to bring.

Meanwhile, find your snowshoes, your cross country skis, and your winter boots, and all the rest of your winter gear.  If it isn’t needed this week, it will be needed soon!

IMG_0249We will meet at Mark and Linda’s home (8664 Schribner Rd) and will split into two or three groups, depending on conditions.  One group will have the ultimate goal of the fields at the top of the hill where you will feel like you are on the top of the world.  The other group will look for level routes down the valley, taking advantage of some routes that are impassible in the summer.

Following the hike, join us for a holiday social.  Please bring a dish to pass and your own beverage, or make a small contribution to our social fund.  And bring your favorite holiday music and we will all sing along with you.

aDirections:  Please come up Schribner Rd from Tabors Corners Rd.  If you have a GPS, check that it is taking you to Tabors Corners and not to the Strutt St end of Schribner, and not to the Quanz Rd end of Giles Rd since they are seasonal and are not plowed.  Click here for detailed directions.