Finger Lakes Trail Events

The Winter edition of the Finger Lakes Trail News magazine arrived in our mail box recently. and as always was filled with interesting articles. I wanted to share a few with you.

On page 6 was an article about Ron Abraham, who completed his End-to-End hike of the main Finger Lakes Trail, and all of the Branch trails in 2018. Ron has joined Springwater Trails several times and was kind enough to mention us in the article.

On page 25 is a quick teaser about the FLTC Spring Weekend in Bradford, PA. There will be opportunities that weekend to hike, bike and kayak in Allegany State Park over the three days (June 7, 8 and 9) of the weekend at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

On page 26 is an add for chainsaw training in May. This two day course is required to allow you to use a chain saw while maintaining hiking trails within the Finger Lakes Trail system, or on state land. It is also valuable if you have a chain saw and would like to use it safely. Training will take place May 4-5 and May 18-19. John took the course last year. If you are interested, talk with me at any hike or at info@springwatertrails.org.

The next Howard Beye Hike sponsored by the FLTC occurs Saturday, Jan 19, 2019. The hike will be 4.5 miles on the Onondaga Branch Trail through Morgan Hill State Forest. If you are interested in carpooling, we would need to leave Saturday morning at about 6:45 from the Springwater Town Hall. You can leave a comment on this post, or contact me at info@springwatertrails.org to help organize a carpool.

NordicFest at Cumming Nature Center

On Feb 17 we will visit Cumming Nature Center in the hills above Naples NY on Day 2 of their Annual NordicFest Weekend for hiking/skiing/snowshoeing, depending on conditions.  The festival is a fund raiser for the Genesee Valley Nordic Ski Patrol, and includes a host of activities with winter sports, winter wear, food, and Scandinavian culture – see:

https://rmsc.org/cumming-nature-center/nature-center-programs-and-events/item/250-genesee-valley-nordic-days

If conditions permit, skis and snowshoes will be available for rental ($15), or bring your own. We will provide an update on the SWT web site Saturday/Sunday on trail conditions. The social will be before the hike, beginning at 12:30.

Cumming is a branch of Rochester Museum and Science Center. If you are not a member of RMSC, there is a small fee for access to the Center.  Group fees have been paid by SWT, so just identify yourself, at the desk, as part of Springwater Trails Hiking Group.

Our hikes will begin at 2 PM. You also may want to sign up for the Ski Orienteering program offered from 12:00 to 2:00 by Rochester Orienteering Club – see https://roc.us.orienteering.org/event-2782708 This costs $5 for a single person, or $9 for a group. The program will proceed on skis or on foot.

There are several interesting  trails (The Beaver Trail  and Conservation Trails are great), and some trails may be limited to cross country skiers. Maps will be available.  We will split into groups and enjoy a nice walk. Ski Patrol members will be monitoring the trails throughout the afternoon, so no one will get lost.

Social – Our social gathering will be in the Nature Center Building beginning at 12:30 in the lower level dining area (with fireplace). We encourage members to patronize the food services offered by the Ski Patrol, who will be selling locally-sourced chili (vegan/vegetarian options available), cornbread, cider and baked goods on site for $10 between 11:00 and 2:30, or you can bring your own food and beverages. Afterwards we will gather back at the fireplace between 4 and 5 for warm-up and an exchange of desserts (dish-to-pass).

Directions

From Rochester and points North: Take 390 South to Routes 5 & 20,   Proceed to Rt15A in Lima. Head South on Rt15A to Route 20A in Hemlock,   Head East on 20A to East lake Road in Honeoye. Proceed South on East Lake Road to County Road 33, (there are signs pointing the way from the junction of East Lake Road and County Road 33). Turn East on County Road 33, then Southwest on Pinewood Hill Road. This becomes Gulick Road.  After 4.7 miles the CNC entrance will be on the right

From Springwater: Go North on Rt 15A to Route 20A in Hemlock,   Head East on Rt 20A to East Lake Road in Honeoye. Proceed South on East Lake Road to County Road 33 (Signs point the way from the junction of East Lake Road and County Road 33). Turn East on County Road 33, then Southeast on Pinewood Hill Road.  This becomes Gulick Road.  After 4.7 miles the CNC entrance will be on the Right.

From Wayland, Naples, and points South: Follow NY 21 East from Wayland,thru N.Cohocton to Naples (11.4miles). Turn Left onto Clark Street (County Hwy36), heading North (Next to Middletown Tavern). Take first Right onto  Gulick Road. Follow Gulick Road for 6.6 miles.   CNC will be on the Left.