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The Finger Lakes Trail across upstate NY was started in 1962, and for nearly 25 of those years, Howard Beye was THE major volunteer for the organization that tends it. He was a deeply involved trail chair, keeping track of map updates, organizing and training those who adopt portions of our over 900-mile trail system, tracking volunteer hours for every one of them during an annual “census,” arranging Challenge Cost Share projects, and organizing every one of our three to four special work-week projects, the annual “Alley Cats,” and handling the majority of correspondence with the state agencies who host many miles of our trail.
2017 HOWARD BEYE WINTER HIKE
We will hike to Huckleberry Bog on the Bristol Hills Trail and follow the Bog Nature Trail Loop. This is an upland bog located on a plateau west of Keuka Lake in Urbana State Forest, Steuben County. Two routes will be offered, one approaching from the north and one from the south. Both hikes are loop hikes and both ~4.5 miles.
a) Northern Approach. The trail climbs steadily through a hemlock and oak woods to the top of the plateau, going by the Evangeline Shelter and entering Urbana State Forest before reaching the Bog Nature Trail Loop.
b) Southern Approach. The hike starts at a higher elevation and directly enters Urbana State Forest. It will be a somewhat slower hike. Hikers will follow the Bog Nature Trail Loop and along the way stop at the observation deck to see how the bog looks in mid-winter.
A Bog Nature Trail Guide can be downloaded from the FLTC website.
The Huckleberry Bog Nature Trail is Hike #6 in the FLT Passport book for the Central Portion. Bring your book and a pencil if you would like to take a rubbing.
Bring water and a lunch that can be eaten on the trail. Snowshoes may be needed if the snow is deep.
9:30am. Car pools will leave for the hike at 9:45am.
Meet at Heron Hill Winery, 9301 County Route 76, Hammondsport, NY 14840 in the upper parking lot.
The parking at the trailhead is very limited, so we will leave the majority of the cars at Heron Hill.
The Heron Hill winery will be open from 10-5. There will not be restrooms at the winery available for us to use prior to the hike.
Directions to Meeting Location
From Springwater: Head south of NY-15 through Wayland. Turn left onto I-390 S. In 15.9 miles, merge onto I-86 E. Take Exit 38 Bath. Turn left onto Washington St (NY 54). In 1.2 miles turn left onto Liberty St to stay on NY 54. Follow NY 54 for 6.7 miles into Hammondsport.
From the Village of Hammondsport turn left on Main St/NY-54A. At the T, turn right onto Pulteney St to stay on NY-54A and go .33 miles. Turn slight left onto Pulteney St/ CR 76 and go 2.99 miles. Follow signs and turn left onto the Hill Winery driveway. Park in the upper parking lot. Enjoy the view of Keuka Lake.
Directions:From Springwater: Head south on NY 15 to Wayland. Turn left onto NY 21, Turn left in N Cohocton to stay on 21 into Naples. Turn right onto NY 53. Stay on 53 for 13 miles. At 10.4 miles on your trip odometer, you should pass through Prattsburgh. Follow the directions below.
From Prattsburgh, take NY 53 South for 2.6 miles to Bean Station Road. Turn east on Bean Station Road at the site of a large white warehouse for onions. Go 2.6 miles to the yellow trailhead sign on the right (south) side of the road at a little footbridge over the roadside ditch. Park on the opposite shoulder but not on the lawn or pull inot a small mowed spot marked “FLT Parking” about 200 feet further east, on the left (north side of the road). After breaking into groups, tourists and naturalists will caravan to the Glen Brook trailhead.
From Geneseo and Dansville: Take I-390 South to I-86East. In 1 mile,take exit 37 for NY-53. Turn left onto NY-53 and head north for 8.9 miles. Turn right onto Bean Station Road. Continue with the directions From Prattsburgh.
Note: Please arrive at 1:45, park along 5107 Old Bald Hill Road (near the curve), drop off a dish to pass for our social, dress for weather conditions, bring winter boots and, if desired, snowshoes.
How did those footprints of a man (or woman with large feet) and a dog disappear? Where are the boundaries of the State Forest and private land? What happened in the early 1900s when all the mills disappeared from the Canadice Outlet area? All these questions will be explored as we hike from the abandoned Dixon Hollow Road through the Canadice Outlet area, ending at the Canadice Hollow Cemetery. Our adventure will take us through ravines, across creeks and tributaries, climbing and skirting ridges, bushwhacking through hardwoods and pines, and connecting with a DEC trail that will lead us to a cemetery. Only a mile-and-a-half as the crow flies will seem like four as we wind through the State Forest, taking time to enjoy the frozen creek and snow-covered trees while avoiding those nasty pricker bushes, and playing like children.
This can be a strenuous hike for many, especially if the snow is deep. Accordingly you may want to bring snowshoes, but they will have to be removed from time to time for traveling through dense areas that require bushwhacking. Once we reach the DEC trail, there will be a stretch that will accommodate snowshoes.
Naturalists will follow the old abandoned Dixon Hollow Road down into the depths of the gully called the Canadice Outlet, exploring the area of the old Adam’s Mill and what I call “Superman’s Ice Castle.” Depending on the level of water in the creek, ice build-up, and sunshine, photographs can be outstanding in this area. Sometimes the creek is able to be crossed if you have waterproof boots. A small tributary dumps into the outlet adding beauty to this area. For those that would like to check out the Hemlock trees for the HWA, time will allow you to examine the health of the forest.
Tracking animal footprints is also possible since my grandson indicated he found an area where “something was living.” What animal would be eating a chunk of honeycomb right now?
Tourists and Climbers will follow the same beginning route, each at their own speed, crossing the tributary and climbing high above the creek. With special permission from local property owners, we will skirt the outlet area, bushwhack through hardwood forests, climb hills, and finally drop upon the DEC logging trail that leads to the cemetery. This can be an intermediate or advanced hike for many (especially one area where we will climb a very short but steep hill) and can be more difficult depending on snow depth. Cars will be located at the cemetery for the return trip.
Directions: Follow these directions to the meeting place. Please arrive by 1:45 and park on the road but not directly on the curve.
It looks like this Sunday will be much colder than last week at Pam’s. But come and enjoy anyway – and bring a friend.
The week we are returning to the Schribner Valley, for a hike that will show off the under-story of the forest before all the spring growth occurs. With high temperatures this week, we don’t expect much snow to be left.But the ferns were out last week and there should be more signs of life this week.
We will have two hikes this week. The Climbers will hike across the valley and the head south though mostly pine woods. After about a mile, we will head up to the top of the hill and enjoy some views across the fields. Expect some bush-whacking as we head back down and follow the stream back to the house and the social.
The Naturalists and Tourists will follow the same route for the first half of the hike, but will avoid the long climb to the high fields, instead spending a bit more time with the more accessible views.
Following the hikes, we will have a potluck social. Linda is making pulled pork. Bring a dish to pass and your own beverage or make a $5 donation to the social fund. Coffee or tea will also be available.
Directions Click here for Winter directions. Do not try to come in from Strutt St. since both Schribner and Giles are seasonal.
2:00 p.m. (Climbers: plan to arrive at 1:30 if wanting to help with a car pool to the parking lot at the north end boat launch. Please see below).
Join us for an early spring hike on the new section of Rob’s Trail, which meanders from Route 15A south of Hemlock, to the shores of Hemlock Lake. On the hike you will cross a new bridge across a ravine, installed since our last hike on Rob’s Trail a year ago. With all of the recent rain and snow melt the streams by the trail should be flowing like crazy! We will meet at the new parking lot for Rob’s Trail on the west side of 15A. (If there is insufficient space in this lot, use the parking lot a little way south across the road. Instead of walking on the road from there to the meeting place, you may take the connector trail which is about a quarter mile long, if desired). It is suggested that you wear sturdy hiking boots, and use a pole because of slippery leaves on steep inclines.
Climbers: you may choose to hike down to Hemlock Lake and connect to the trail leading to the north and terminus (4.8 miles) at the Hemlock Lake boat launch. This will necessitate leaving one or more cars at the parking lot before the hike. Tourists: you may hike down the trail to the shore line and return back up to the starting point (1.5 miles each way). The hike back up is fairly strenuous in some places. Naturalists: you may hike halfway down to the new bridge and back up from there.
The social following the hike will take place at Sammy’s Place, 8148 S Main Street in Springwater.
Directions: Click here for directions to the parking lot at the top of Bald Hill. To get to Sammy’s Place, head south on 15A through the Springwater Hamlet. Sammy’s is on the right across from the Fire Hall.
Jim and Pati Clark are presenting a talk on the history of their Maple Farm and syruo making in Springwater. Join the Springwater – Webster Crossing Hustorical Society for a pancake dinner at 6:30, followed by the talk.