Memorial Day Hike at Swain

Thanks to all the folks who joined us for the Sunday Hike on Robinson’s Loop.  We had about 15  hikers.  The terrain was more challenging than usual due to recent logging and the consequent muck and fallen branches.

The groups today got more than they bargained for.   Most of us did three hours on the trail due, to map and memory confusion.  However, these intrepid folks still gave the hike a thumbs up.  Must be they are hardened hikers, ready for anything.

The tourists really did take a “tour” of the whole area.  They hiked the blue trail and then some.  John did a masterful job of getting everyone back to base camp.  Climbers made a perimeter hike of the orange and blue loops which entailed some bushwhacking over fallen trees and through a few multiflora bushes.  Undaunted  by mud and bugs, they persevered until the final mile when they opted to take the downhill route through the ski trails, which afforded a cool breeze and fewer insects.

The Sierra Inn was a welcome refuge for all after this challenging hike.

Check out the Facebook photos as well as those contained in this post.


You and Membership in Springwater Trails

Updated May 29, 2017

On June 2013, Springwater Trails was officially incorporated in New York State. With guidance from John Vogel, our lawyer in Dansville, and the cooperation of the 2012 and 2013 board members, this process turned out to be quite easy.

Our primary mission as a corporation is to create, identify, protect and promote hiking trails in the Springwater area. 

If you would like to make a cash contribution to Springwater Trails, please purchase a Membership in Springwater Trails today. For a contribution of $20 ($30 for a family) you will know you are supporting the blazing of the Springwater Trail and the publishing of our seasonal Hiking brochure. To buy a membership for 2017, please complete the form below and mail it and a check payable to Springwater Trails, to

Springwater Trails, Inc
PO Box 162
Springwater, NY 14560

Name:  _______________________________

Address:   _____________________________

Phone:  _______________________________

Email: ________________________________

Individual Membership   ______________ $20

Family Membership‡        ______________ $30
‡ A family membership is entitled to two emails and two votes.  Please enter the second name and email.
2nd Name  _____________________
2nd Email  _____________________

Contributing Member*     ____________ $100
* Contributing Members are listed on our website.  Please write the name to appear if different from the name above.

Other donation  _______________

TOTAL   _______________ – Annual Membership 2017

Spring in Honeoye

Sunday’s hike at Wesley Hill Preserve was a great example of this year’s spring weather. Sixteen hikers braved chilly temperatures and rain and hail to enjoy the open views of the forest and the many different spring flowers.

Tony, Pati and Douglas were busy taking pictures throughout the hike and were rewarded with blue sky by the end of the hike.

On Friday, June 2, 2017, the Finger Lakes Land Trust will have a work day at the Wesley Hill Preserve. Please RSVP to the Nature Preserve Manager Jason Gorman, by emailing or calling at 607-275-9487. Plan to meet at the Wesley Rd parking area at 2:00PM.  Wear work outdoor clothing with sturdy shoes. Bring your favorite work gloves – tools will be provided.

Please enjoy the gallery of pictures from all three photographers.

Work Opportunity

On Friday, June 2nd The Finger Lakes Land Trust will be conducting trail maintenance at the Wesley Hill Preserve.  The time is 2:00 to 5:30 PM meeting at the Wesley Road trailhead.  Please contact Melissa if you would like to volunteer. Our organization has enjoyed  several hikes at his preserve.  It would be good for us to help keep this lovely landscape in good shape.