For those Springwater Trails hikers who revel in hiking Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area (HHSSRA aka HHSMRA where M is Memorial) with snow, well the ST hike on Sunday 1/22/2017 did not support that as the ground was devoid of the white stuff. But then it snowed on Tuesday 1/24/2017 and is predicted to do so again before Saturday 1/28/2017. Which leads me to citing a second chance for participation in a group hike where perhaps there may be snow, albeit this one on Saturday 1/28/2017 a mere 6 days since ST Sunday 1/22/2017 hike.
This hike is a scheduled hike on the Genesee Valley Hiking Club (GVHC aka GVHG where G is Group) hike schedule, and Ryan B. is the Hike Leader (& Planner). Some ST hikers are acquainted with Ryan as result of his hike leads and shared hiking enthusiasm.
The salient info for this hike is below in quotes, from the GVHC website. Hike start time is 10:00AM, likely most folks from ST will not benefit from use of the 9AM carpool as it is in Bushnell’s Basin. Please know that there are no dogs allowed on this or any other GVHC hike.
“January 28/Saturday Strenuous/hilly 6-7 mile hike. Harriet Hollister Spencer Memorial Recreation Area. Meet at Bushnell’s Basin Park & Ride at 9 a.m. Hike starts at 10 a.m. at Harriet Hollister. Ryan B. 802-999-8554 #6016″
( #6016 is the GVHC assigned sequential hike number for this hike.)
Rules for hikers on GVHC hikes are much the same as are rules for ST hikes, with the most glaring contrast perhaps being the no dogs rule. Please note the 12:30PM hike end time listed in this ST post is a mere guesstimate.
Of course, no guarantee that there will be snowpack on Saturday, and if not, well, no blamin’ the local meteriologist or weather-person. The adage … any hike is a good hike.
– – – And regardless of snow or not, Traction Devices (TDs) may be in order as trails can be icy even if there is no snow. There was a comment for the Sunday 1/22/2017 ST hike that trails were in fact icy!
Directions to the hike:
From Springwater: From 1 mile north of Springwater on Rt. 15A, turn right onto (and up) Wheaton Hill Rd. Drive all the way to Wetmore Rd. and turn left. Continue straight onto Canadice Hill Rd. and drive another 2 miles to the HHSSRA entrance road parking lot on the right.
From Honeoye: Take County Road 37 and continue straight onto Canadice Hill Rd. to the HHSSRA entrance road parking lot on the left
Note: The entrance road parking lot is siutate at Canadice Hill Rd & the entrance road (aka Overlook Rd) . This time of year the entrance road (aka Overlook Rd) may be gated to restrict “road vehicle” access past the entrance road parking lot. Regardless (gated or not), the hike meet point & start point is at the entrance road parking lot (Canadice Hill Rd & Overlook Rd), not the entrance road terminus which is much further “inside HHSSRA”.