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.

 

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 treas@springwatertrails.org 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.

February 12 Steege Hill

Despite the discouraging weather forecast, four intrepid hikers made the journey to Big Flats for the Sunday Hike.  Their fortitude was rewarded. What awaited was a winter wonderland of ice coated trees and soft snow which truly enhanced the serenity.

The steward of the preserve, Bob Corneau, met us at the trailhead and hiked with us through the forest. The deep wet snow slowed our pace which allowed for many observations we might have missed on the fast track.  Bob provided much history and many personal stories, having spent countless hours in these acres.  He tuned us in to the pulse of the forest and its wildlife as we pondered about pine species, animal tracks, and “yellow snow”.  His extensive knowledge of the terrain, the trees, and the reptile population made the two and a half hours fly.

Our education continued during a hearty post-hike  feast at the local eatery, Tag’s Tavern.  The food, beer, and conversation provided a pleasant conclusion to our adventure.

If you have the opportunity to visit this unique preserve in any season, you will not be disappointed.  Read about it at fllt.org/preserves/steegehill-preserve  Springwater Trails will definitely be making a return visit.

Finger Lakes Trail-Letchworth Branch

The Finger Lakes Trail in Letchorth Park, Mount Morris, NY

The Finger Lakes Trail in Letchorth Park, Mount Morris, NY

The glorious Fall weather inspired twenty hikers to attend last Sunday’s hike in Letchworth State Park.  This section of the FLT was new territory for most of the group.  As you can see from their smiling faces, the long and challenging trek left them feeling victorious.  The forest was full of color, the trail well maintained.  All agreed it was a successful venture.  The early start was a good choice as we did not finish until after 4:00.

About half of the group joined the Climbers for a vigorous scramble up and down some serious gullies.  There was some consternation when we did not find the park trail leading down to the riverbank for a view of St Helena.  However, no one whined about the extra mile down and up a rather steep trail.  The scenery did not disappoint.  A smaller group of Tourists did the hike in reverse, hoping to meet up with our faithful photographer, Char.  They encountered the steeper terrain towards the end of their journey, a true test of their stamina.  The Naturalists explored an easier route and one of the FLT’s famous lean-tos.

A huge thank you to volunteer hike leaders Mark and Gene, and to John for the group photo.  God bless Pam and Bill, Gene and Georgia for coming to the aid of a fellow hiker.

Several folks convened at Scovill’s Grill after the hike for some much needed refreshments.  Despite the shortage of beer, it was an enjoyable meal with some lively conversation.