hike at Little Rock City on Sunday morning of 2017 Independence Day weekend

 

Little Rock City (a rather unique hike destination) is located in Rock City State Forest, and as cities go, well, it is not a city in the traditional sense, as occupied by humans, … it is a city of rocks.   “Little Rock City” is one of three “Rock Cities” in the Cattaraugus County, NY.   [The other two are Rock City Park (a privately owned tourist attraction of rock formations and more), and Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park may be considered by some to be a rock city.]

For Sunday, July 2nd 2017, ST has not planned a ST hike.  BUT WAIT- do not be dismayed, here is a hike opportunity that some ST hikers may be willing to travel to and find the hike well worth the distance of travel.

The Finger Lakes Trail (FLT) runs thru Rock City State Forest, as do some other trails.

This is a hike provided by the group Chautauqua Hikes, and likely you’ll be joined by some hikers from Olean Area Hiking Group (yes, the same group that ST did a joint hike with at Hanging Bog three or so years ago).  Hikes are open to other hikers.

The two paragraphs below in italics are the hike particulars as provided.

Come out and join us for a hike at Little Rock City on Sunday July 2nd. We
will meet at the park and ride on Rt 60 at 9:30am to carpool to the trail.
This is a trail that we did a few times years ago but not recently. Bring
a lunch and water. Dress for the weather. The trial is hilly and rocky.
I’m not sure of the distance but we will be out all day, including travel
time.

This state forest received its name due to the massive boulders the size of
houses which are naturally arranged so that they resemble a city with
“streets” running between them. This unique “city” is formed by many
factors including a massive resistant conglomerate bed, erosion of the weak
shale base and soil creep. The conglomerate bed actually has its own
geological designation known as Devonian Salamanca conglomerate. A
conglomerate is a rock consisting of individual stones that have become
cemented together.

 – – Please note, the carpool point (park & ride on Rt 60 at 9:30am)  listed in the two italics paragraphs above is not one that ST hikers would use, as it is in Jamestown area well west of Little Rock City.  Hike start time, albeit listed in this post as 10:30AM, likely is not exact.

Check this post for any additional info as we get closer to hike day.  Hoping for a better defined hike start time, and perhaps a suggested carpool point for ST hikers wanting to go.  (most recent update – Monday 6/25/2017 ~ 1:30PM)

 

As a primer, here at two links about Rock City State Forest (and more), both are on CNYhiking website.  You’ll find some photos of Little Rock City in the links.

http://www.cnyhiking.com/RockCityStateForest.htm

http://www.cnyhiking.com/NCT-RockCityStateForest.htm

 

 

 

 

 

Conesus Lake of Fire – Picnic/Paddle

For the last two years the happy kayakers have ventured out into the center of the Annual Conesus Lake Ring of Fire, while others less willing or non-kayakers enjoyed watching the fireworks from the shore. This year Springwater Trails is invited to join the happy kayakers for a picnic at 6:00 at Long Point Park in Geneseo to celebrate the 4th of July. The kayaking will launch at 8:00 and return at 10:00.

Because Conesus Lake can be rough at times and because of the return in darkness, only experienced kayakers will participate.  Also, we’ll only kayak if the weather is favorable.

Thanks to Jim Clark, Marine Patrol on Conesus Lake, we have the privilege of grouping at the Sheriff’s Substation on the lake.  The park is expected to be crowded to we will need to limit the number of hikers to 20. Please RSVP if you are planning to join us.

Fireworks are loud and close by. Dogs on leashes are allowed, but not encouraged for the comfort of both the dog and other spectators.

Traffic will be heavy, so plan ahead.  Please arrive at 6:00 to drop off your kayaks and park on the grounds. Bring a dish to pass, a beverage, a lawn chair or blanket, flashlight,  and mosquito repellent.  We will picnic at 7:00.  The excitement begins around dusk. 

Kayakers will need to have not only life preservers, but headlamps and bright lights on their boats as we will be on the lake amidst motorboats. Staying close to the shoreline, we will experience seeing the Ring of Fire from the lake.  We must stick close together and have a buddy system since it is easy to get disorientated in the dark.  Caution should be taken to avoid other boats and to be as bright as possible.  In addition, powerful fireworks will explode directly overhead and some sparkles may be hitting the water around us.  Communication is important. We will return to Long Point, planning additional  time to secure your kayak on your car in the dark.

The Conesus Lake of Fire is an incredible local event in our area. If you have not experienced it, come join us for a fun, memorable time!

Summer Hike Schedule

Its time again to make up our hike schedule for the summer. Do you  have an idea for a hike?  Enter the information below and we will put you on the schedule.

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SPRINGWATER TRAILS SUMMER 2017 SCHEDULE

July & August hikes start at 4 PM.
September hikes start at 2PM.

DATE

DESCRIPTION

TOWN

HIKE
PLANNER

SOCIAL

Notes

 July 2

 

 

 

 

July 9

Springwater
Trail Maintenance

Springwater

John

July 16

Bristol
Hill Branch Hike #1

 

Mark

 

 

July 23 

 

 

 

 

 

July 30 

Wheaton
Hill Maintenance

Springwater

John

 

 

August  6

 

 

 

 

 

August 13

Hemlock
Lake Paddle

Springwater

Wendy

 

 

August 20

Bristol
Hills Branch Hike#2

 

Mark

 

 

August 27

 

 

 

 

 

September
3

All Western
Evergreen Tree Farm

Springwater

Katherine

 

Mushroom
experts

Gene
Binder & Dr Randy Weidner

September
10

 

 

 

 

 

September
17

Bristol
Hills Branch Hike#3

 

Mark

 

 

September
24

Stid Hill

Bristol

Dena