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Rattlesnake Hill Hikes on July 8, 2018

On Sunday, July 8, nine hikers enjoyed a hike off of Ebert Rd in the Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area. April provided a map of the area. Please click for a larger image.

The flagged sections are no longer flagged, but you should be able to follow the trails anyway, with the exception of the trail marked 16. You can still walk the open woods if you feel comfortable doing so without a trail.

The group that hiked the north loop reported that there are some trees down that make it difficult to follow the trail in spots. Take care when using this route until the downed trees have been cleared.

You can view the GPS track and April’s hiking journal, which contains other Rattlesnake Hill hikes (and others around NY), for more details. It’s a great place to explore, and not heavily used. 

Notes for the Map

See the numbered locations on the Map.

  1. Barnyard to east, homestead artifacts west of trail
  2. Follow trail and markers on north loop
  3. Signs of homestead, old well (was filled in in 2017)
  4. Kiosk – use trail to the right of it
  5. Nice walk along bank
  6. Flag – opening in trees to next pond
  7. Look for small holes, mud – turtle eggs
  8. Trail to a parking area on Ebert
  9. Mud – hug the west side!
  10. Trail splits – note large tree. Keep to the eastern trail (straight)
  11. Hint of a trail to the left at a trail marker – stay to the right
  12. Small rock cairn where trails rejoin
  13. Trail relocated to east at massive muddy section
  14. Three Flags at start/end of trail – optional use, muddy section
  15. Jnctn of flagged route and pond trail **watch for beaver cut stumps
  16. Flagged trail through open woods
  17. NE trail end is flagged
  18. Grassy area with clump of trees
  19. Grassy trail – watch for ruts
  20. Stay to east side of grassy trail – homestead artifacts in this area
  21. Logged area – starting to recover
  22. Flagged route to horse trail – optional. Or stay on grassy trail
  23. Homestead plants in woods and field
  24. Homestead artifacts
  25. Rock cairn on logs
  26. Massive mud trail along pond – avoid
  27. Trail head (not using for this hike)
  28. West Loop – mostly unmarked
  29. East Loop – grassy trails unmarked, horse trail has red plastic discs
  30. Pond becoming bog, geese families here
  31. Vernal pond

 

Hemlock Lake South Boat Launch

Click the map for directions from Google.

Click the map for directions from Google.

The south boat launch is about half a mile north of a DEC parking area located at the south end of the Hemlock Lake off of Rt 15A on the west side of the road.    From the road you will see a boat launch sign for the entrance, which is directly across 15A from the Reynolds Gull Parking Lot.

At the boat launch, you can drive down to the water to unload your boat, but parking is up above the road. If the launch area lot is full, the large lot at 15A is available.

From Springwater: Follow 15A North from Springwater for 2.3 miles.  Turn left into the parking area, then an immediate right to head down the access road. In about half a mile, the launch is on the left, and the parking area is on the right. 

From the Wheaton Hill / 15A intersection: Follow 15A North for 1.5 miles from Wheaton Hill. Turn left into the parking area, then an immediate right to head down the access road. In about half a mile, the launch is on the left, and the parking area is on the right. 

Heading north on 15A. Parking area is on the left.

Heading north on 15A. Parking area is on the left.

From the Johnson Hill / Old Bald Hill Rd South / 15A intersection: Follow 15A South for 0.3 miles.  Turn right into the parking area, then an immediate right to head down the access road. In about half a mile, the launch is on the right o the parking area, then an immediate right to head down the access road. In about half a mile, the launch is on the left, and the parking area is on the right. 

From Rochester: Follow East Henrietta Road (15A) south towards Springwater. 24 miles south of Rush, as you approach the south end of Hemlock Lake you will see a boat launch sign for Hemlock Lake. Turn right into the parking area, then an immediate right to head down the access road. In about half a mile, the launch is on the left, and the parking area is on the right. .

Genesee Valley Greenway

On Sunday, April 8,2018, eleven hikers enjoyed a hike on the Genesee Valley Greenway into Letchworth Park. Although we had blowing snow both when we left home and when we returned home after the hike, the hike itself was snow free, with mostly draw trail, and lots of interesting things to obverse along the route.

There were several placards providing the history of the Genesee Valley Canal and Railroad.

Starting at Oakland Road, there were two trails. We took the canal’s old towpath. The railroad bed was a few hundred feet farther up the hill at this point. And the road is right next to the old canal.

After a few locks, the trail rejoined the railroad bed. Here we all are at the top of the ramp from the canal towpath to the rail bed.

Look at the stone work in this lock. Remember, this was built between 1850 and 1862.

Sometimes it’s the natural world that catches the camera.

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.

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