NOTE START TIME AT 2 PM! Traditionally, after Labor Day, the hike time changes from 4 p.m. back to 2 p.m. to avoid the hike ending after dark.
This week we will have the third opportunity to do a Mushroom Foray along with the hikes on the newly made trail in July, hiking in a northwesterly direction on the All Western Evergreen Farm, and continuing with permission onto privately owned land by neighbors to the east, before deer hunting begins. Three hiking groups are planned, all starting and ending at the farm house. With thanks to Laura, Melissa, Char, Mark, Gene, Georgia, and Carol, we will have both a Plan A and a Plan B, depending on the weather, trail building, and who comes to hike. Friendly dogs are welcome on the hike; however, those who want to hike the new trails on other’s lands will be crossing Liberty Pole Road where a leash will be needed. You can expect a few other dogs will be hiking with you.
Paper bags and paper plates for collecting and displaying mushrooms will be provided. Those who want to learn how to collect mushrooms will be instructed by Gene and Georgia, and any other Rochester Area Mycological Association members who will be our guests.
The plan is to hike between 2 and 4 p.m., RAMA members to identify the mushrooms collected between 4 and 4:30 p.m., followed by a social (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.) hosted by Katherine at her house (AWEN & CTF Soups are the Specialty). Bring a dish-to-pass or make a small contribution to support the socials. Bring your own beverage. Dogs will want to stay in your car during the social.
We will begin all the hikes at 6840 Liberty Pole Road where there is ample parking at the Christmas tree loading area between the tall Western redcedar and the bee hives (belonging to George Karadimas from Conesus- 585-346-0528). The mushrooms will be displayed on paper plates on the tables indoors in the basement.
From Springwater: Go west from the Springwater light on Rt 15 North. Just past the top of the hill, turn left on Co Rd 38 (Liberty Pole Road). The farm is on the left 1.1 miles from Rt 15 at 6840 Liberty Pole Road.
From Geneseo: Go south on NY 63. About 6.4 miles after passing RT 408, turn left on County Road 1 at Groveland Station. This road becomes CR 1A at Scottsburg (Route 256) and then Liberty Pole Road (Co Rd 38) after you cross Stage Coach Road. It is 7.1 miles from Groveland Station to All Western Evergreen Farm.
From Honeoye: Take 20A west to Hemlock and 15A south to Springwater. Then follow the Springwater directions above.