Winter Wonderland in the Canadice Outlet

hike canadice outlet 055While the ice fishermen are now out on the northern sections of Honeoye and Conesus Lakes,   hikers continue to explore the trails around the partially frozen deeper waters of Canadice and Hemlock Lake.  The Canadice Outlet creek is low, snow covered,  and the ice can be thin due to the almost invisible flowing waters beneath. In addition the steep gullies can also be slippery with 2 inches of light fluffy snow covering leaves. Although the scene is a winter wonderland, hikers should exercise caution when traveling in this area this time of year.

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With 5 degree weather, 16 hikers were prepared with warm clothing, poles, and ice clamps to drop into the snow covered gully and explore the state forest and creek.   The Hemlock trees were outstanding and many animal tracks were identified, including fox and coyote. We first visited the remains of the old Adam mill and pondered upon the natural oxbow, once upon log dam, and hand built raceway that powered the sawmill in the 1800’s.  Proceeding north along the ridge of the creek, some hikers stopped a few times to drop down (or slide down) into the creek bed area, being careful to watch their footing as the up and down climbs were somewhat slippery.

hike canadice outlet 063At one point 4 brave soles attempted to cross the creek in a somewhat shallow area with thin ice. Using their poles to tap the ice, as well as dog scouts, all but one hiker managed to cross the creek without going through the ice. Luckily the “hole” was only a few inches deep and no one had to be rescued, just one wet  boot.  During the rest of the year, there are known locations on the creek that can be as much as 5 ft deep. The creek can also be difficult to identify as it is snow covered. hike canadice outlet 060

Everyone warmed themselves by the wood stove with the cute little kittens for the after hike social. Bean soup, homemade applesauce, vegetable casserole, and a winter vegetable/sausage penne, as well as desserts were enjoyed by all. Thanks to Tadd for helping to prepare the delicious meal and joining us with his girlfriend Jenn, and a warm welcome to our new hikers from Bristol. Farewell to Marty as he leaves for  Mexico, Pati to Arizona,  and other hikers that just can’t take our cold climate anymore!  For those that stay in this single digit frigid weather, keep the fires burning, make new soups, cuddle up, or go skiing.   One has to wonder if New Yorkers are beginning to live like those in Alaska?IMG_1569P IMG_1571P

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Springwater Trails at Winterfest

For those of you planning on attending this Sunday’s event at Mendon Ponds, be sure to check out the Hiking Gear display at the Evergreen Shelter  from 11:00 to 4:00.  This building is located at the junction of Hopkins Point Road and Canfield Rd.  In conjunction with the ADK gear collection, Don is setting up a display of traction devices and will be promoting our own Springwater Trails Inc.

Mendon Ponds – Hopkins Point Lodge – Directions

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  If you are coming from the east, you can enter the park on Canfield Rd or Pond Rd.  Check the map for details.

Sunday Hike at Mendon Ponds Park January 18


Note starting time:3:00 PM 

If you love Winter, don’t miss this week’s hike. Springwater Trails will be exploring a portion of Mendon Ponds Park in conjunction with the annual Mendon Ponds Winterfest. Activities at the park begin at 11:00 AM and continue throughout the day until 4:00. The weather promises to be a toasty 40 degrees, perfect for enjoying the outdoors. For a listing of events go to  You are sure to find something exciting.

Our hike will begin later than usual, to allow folks to sample the myriad of events, and also to avoid some potential parking congestion.  Hikers should convene at the HopkinsPoint Lodge (43.028941, -77.569951) at about 2:45, to depart on our hike promptly at 3:00. If there are no parking spots you can park at the Pond View Shelter or on the access road. Our after hike social will be a the Hopkins Point Lodge so if you are bringing a dish to share you can leave it there. (Please label it as belonging to Springwater Trails or else it might be mistaken as belonging to the ravenous Rochester Orienteering Club).

Naturalist Hike 

Leaving the lodge, Naturalists will climb a short hill to access the West Esker Trail, Orange blazes.  This loop is 1.5 miles.  The hike can be extended by .67 miles continuing along the shore of Deep Pond on the green Devil’s Bathtub Trail to the Algonkian Shelter with a return to the Hopkins Point Lodge.  At this time of year there is minimal flora and fauna to observe, but knowing our group they will find some interesting items. The trail is mostly level.  Mark has offered to lead this group.

Tourist and Climbers Hike

This group will begin climbing up  to the West Esker Trail then branching off on the Devil’s Bathtub (Green) trail to the Grasslands Trail (Blue).  There are a couple of short climbs, with a total of 3.5 miles. There are some nice views of the “bathtub” on the return trip. The loop will return us to the Hopkins Point Lodge.  Melissa will lead this group.

Trail Conditions

As of Monday afternoon, there was enough snow for the use of snow shoes.  Traction devices are advisable.


Note: As of Monday afternoon Hopkins Point Rd is not plowed from Rt 65 to the lodge access.

To Hopkins Point Lodge from points south: NY 65 north to Canfield Rd. turn right.  Turn right on Hopkins Point Rd follow to lodge on right. Details from Springwater available here.

From North:  NY 65 south.  Left on Canfield Rd..  Right on Hopkins Point Rd,   Follow to lodge on right.

Map of Mendon Ponds Park available at

After Hike Social

We will meet at the Hopkins Point Lodge at about 5:00 following the hikes.  Please bring a dish to share or make a contribution.  Please label all items left at the lodge prior to the hike,  There should be  a fire going as well as electric if you need to plug in a crock pot.


Hope to see you all there!

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