Planning Winter 2017 Hikes – Looking for hike planners

Meeting on Canadice Lake 3/16/2014.Each season, Springwater Trails hosts 12 or 13 hikes, one on each Sunday. Since this website started in September, 2012, that means we have hosted over 200 hikes. Each hike has been planned and organized by one of our hikers. Often this means that the hike planner has selected an interesting hike, then gone out and done a pre-hike to determine if the trail is open and if all hikers will be able to follow it. Then the planner selects appropriate hikes for our three groups – the climbers, the tourists and the naturalists. Once the planner knows how the hike will be led,a description of the hike gets written up and posted on the website. Then emails are sent to our complete mailing list, telling them about the hike. Finally, we get to Sunday and we get to enjoy another afternoon outside.

IMG_3155We all know its a lot of work, so this season the Springwater Board is trying something a little different. Below is a proposed hike schedule for the Winter 2017 hikes. Each hike has a location and a link to an old hike plan that was followed during a previous hike. The plan describes the hikes and even mentions the social that followed the hike. The only thing missing is a hike planner for the Winter of 2017. We are hoping our hikers will look at the schedule, select one or two hikes they would be willing to plan, and contact Wendy, our VP of Hiking. Wendy will then make assign hike planners. If someone else has volunteered, maybe you will be asked to plan your second choice.  In any case, you can read the old hike plans, maybe go out and do a pre-hike, and then post your new hike plan on the website. It will be just fine if the only change you make is the date of the hike.

Please note that the Board has already stepped up to lead half of the hikes. We hope this leaves plenty for the rest of you.

NOTE: If a word in the Location Column is blue, then it is a link to an old hike plan for this location. If two words are blue, they are two different links, to give more ideas for a hike. You may feel free to copy as much of the old plan as you would like.

Date Location Town Hike Planner
Jan 1  No hikel  New Years
Jan 8 Genesee Valley Greenway Cuylerville  -Piffard  Wendy
January 15 Mendon Ponds Winterfest  Mendon  Marty
January 22 Harriett Hollister Spencer Park Canadice  Rick H
January 29 All Western Evergreen Tree Farm Springwater Katherine
February 5 Cummings Nature Center
Naples  Tony
February 11 (Saturday) Penfield Hikers Jamboree Penfield Don
February 12 Steege Hill Finger Lakes Land Trust Big Flats Melissa
February 19 Hemlock Canadice State Forest , Canadice Outlet Hemlock  Pam & Bill
February 26 Schribner Road Springwater  Mark
March 5 Rob’s Trail Canadice  Tawn
March 12 High Tor
Bassett Rd
Naples John L
March 19 Springwater Center
(Annual Mtg)
March 26 Hunt Hollow Naples  Melissa

New Hiking Brochures for 2016

Springwater Trails has published two new brochures including our calendar of hikes.

The Winter 2016 Brochure includes hikes on Sundays at 2:00PM from January through March. The Bicentennial 2016 Brochure contains nine hikes held on the third Sunday of each month starting in April.

On April 17, 1816, the State Legislature passed an act to create the town of Springwater from 3 miles of the Town of Sparta and 5.5 miles of the Town of Naples. This reorganization took place on the April 7, 1817 and the first Annual Town Meeting was held on April 9, 1817.  Springwater Trails has planned a series of 9 hikes to celebrate, starting on the 200 year anniversary of the legislative action.  The hikes will explore the town, the historical buildings, and the great views of the town.  Please join us.

Additional events are being planned around the town.  Find more information here.

Springwater Trails Spring 2016 Schedule

Springwater TrailsAll hikes prior to June 1 will start at 2:00PM. Hikes in June, July and August start at 4:00. Please watch the calendar ( for last minute changes.  Questions about the hikes or offers to plan or lead a hike should be sent to

Please log in and leave a comment if you would like to lead a hike.


Date Description Town Hike Planner Social
Apr 3, 2016
2:00 PM
 Rob’s Trail West Canadice Mark
Apr 10, 2016
2:00 PM
 Stid Hill South Bristol John
Apr 17, 2016
2:00 PM
 Springwater Hamlet Bicentennial Hike Springwater Mark
Apr 24, 2016
2:00 PM
Genesee Valley Greenway Avon Don
May 1, 2016
2:00 PM
Wheaton Hill Trail Maintenance Springwater VP Trail Maintenance
May 8, 2016
2:00 PM
(Mother’s Day)
 Rob’s Trail East  Canadice Joan & Bob
May 15, 2016
2:00 PM
Springwater Cemetery Bicentennial Hike Springwater  Mark
May 22,    2016
2:00 PM
Mossy Bank Park Bath Gene Mossy Bank Park Dish to Pass
May 29, 2016
2:00 PM(Monday is Memorial Day)
Cumberland Hike,Bike,Kayak Cumberland Maryland Pam
Jun 5, 2016
4:00 PM(Springwater Gala)
Phillips Creek Alfred Norm Polly Wog Hollow
Jun 12, 2016
4:00 PM
 Harriett Hollister Canadice Rick


Jun 19, 2016
4:00 PM
(Father’s Day & Monday is Summer Solstice)
Webster Crossing Bicentennial Hike Springwater Katherine Webster Crossing Church Dish to Pass
Jun 26, 2016
4:00 PM
Sugarbush Hollow Trail Maintenance Springwater VP Trail Maintenance

Hike Planning by the numbers

Not sure how it occurred to me but it did.  Perhaps it was the quantification and New Zealand article that Marty wrote, and perhaps combined with other impetus.  Anyway here’s the numbers thing.

cal3Generically stated, there are 52 weeks in a year, so 52 Sundays or maybe even 53 sometimes, but never 54 in case your were wondering.   Most of those Sundays have a Springwater Trails hike planned although we do take some holidays off.  We at S/T maintain a hiking schedule of Four Seasons (remember Vivaldi?) each Season containing 3 calendar months (quarters) and 12 or 13 Sunday Hikes.  Our Vice President and the Seasonal Coordinator start planning a schedule 2 and 1/2 months prior to the season. They are looking for a Hike Planner for each of the Sunday hikes.  And since we have three groups of hikers, each needing a Hike Leader, the planner will recruit two additional Hike Leaders.

So lets figure, “round figures” of 52 S/T hikes/annum or 13 hikes/quarter.  Maybe I am a bit on the high side of 50, but I am OK with that liberty.    Do you have your spreadsheet out: 4 seasons with a coordinator for each season.  13 hikes per quarter with 1 planner and 2 more hike leaders.  Add it all up, 4 coordinators, 52 planners and 104 leaders – so a year of hikes requires 160 volunteers!

On average, how many times do you need to volunteer?  By arithmetic definition “average” can be: Mean, Median or Mode.  Likely, some hikers are now scrambling for that high school math text book some still have boxed in the basement, attic, or elsewhere,  or are pondering looking up a definition on the internet, but never-mind that. (Likely a dictionary will do for a refresher course if you really feel such necessary.)

Anyway, S/T has many hikers: a core group who are regular hikers, another group who frequently join the hikes, and yet another group who occasionally take the opportunity to hike.  I will not attempt to quantify nor qualify number of hikes per annum assigned to each of the three frequency groups I have enumerated although hikers that come to 20 or more hikes are rewarded with a year membership in Springwater Trails.

13S/T usually has 12-20 hikers per hike, some higher and some lower than that range.  I will chose on the low side, say 13 hikers per hike, for purpose of some calculations. With an average of 13 hikers per hike, that would mean 169 person-hikes completed per quarter or 676 hikes a year. Which brings us to the crux of the matter.  Divide 676 by 160 and you find that every 4 and a quarter person-hikes is completed by a hiker who has volunteered to help plan or lead a hike. Or divide 676 by 52 and you will see that on average a hiker needs to plan one hike for every 13 hikes that hiker completes.

I offer this perspective because it is not unusual for S/T or other surrounding area hiking groups to be in need of hikers willing to Plan hikes.   Without hikes being planned there is no hike. (There is an equation “No Plan” = “No Hike”). We have occasionally had no hike planned in a given week and as the week approached a S/T hiker decided the need existed and stepped up last minute to Hike Plan an “impromptu added to the schedule” hike.  Great!  Better yet though is if we can fill a seasonal hike schedule, with Hike Planners/Hike Plan locations from git-go before the season ever starts.

If only the core group of 13 regular hikers who hiked more than 20 hikes volunteer to plan hikes, it is clear that each hiker would need to plan one hike per season.  Even if we factor in more hikers than a core group of 13, likely many hikers will need to Hike Plan three hikes in a year to fill the annual Hike Schedule. If you are a core or frequent S/T hiker consider these stats.

If you are an occasional S/T hiker or an infrequent S/T hiker also consider these same stats, and consider planning one or more hikes per year.   To simplify the numbers,  for every 10 hikes or part thereof that you hike, if possible, a contribution of Hike Planning one hike would be greatly appreciated by all S/T hikers.  Thus if you hike up to 10 hikes/annum consider Hike Planning one hike for S/T.  10If you hike 11-20 hikes/annum consider Hike Planning two hikes for S/T, etc.

Likely even with this mindset of contribution, not all hikers will always contribute such even though they may want to.  We all experience life pulls us in different directions at times, and despite our best intentions we sometimes do not get to do certain things we want to or intend to do. (Thus the herein suggested Hike Planning mindset in not incumbent upon any hiker, just a suggestion and consciousness raising effort.)

Any hiker should also consider that we have had several instances where we have had a S/T hiker Hike Plan a hike, and not be able to have benefit of personally hiking the hike on “Hike Day” but yet provided the Hike Plan to other S/T hikers and was covered in leadership by turning the Hike Plan specifics over to another experienced Hike Planner.  So unique opportunities exist as demonstrated based on past experience, you may also create some unique new opportunity.

NancyHike Plans can range from simple to elaborate, and the more complex plans can contain many detailed components. As a Hike Planner, you can choose how you design the Hike Plan.  I also note, some Hike Plans have been a collaboration of more than one Hike Planner, whether it be all collaborating on much of the Hike Plan, or perhaps certain components being handled by just one Hike Planner per component.  And those collaborations may include experienced Hike Planners and/or New Hike Planners.

Yet further, I note many of the frequent S/T hikers have leadership roles and/or responsibilities they fulfill in S/T that are well outside of the role of Hike Planners, so not depending on each of those leaders for four Hike Plans per annum (and sometimes more based on past situations) would be a good thing.

Above all else with mindset of Hike Planning within S/T, you are not alone when you agree to Hike Plan, if you need help of any kind you merely need to ask for it.  If you feel you need mentoring as a new Hike Planner, that support is there amongst your S/T hiking comrades, you may even ask for a Hike Co-Planner if you wish.    And know this, even the most experienced Hike Planners and “retread hikes” likely have some consult with other Hike Planners in the planning of such.

4My point, when looking at Hike Planning as a quantification, don’t be shy to benefit us all by Hike Planning.  Opportunity knocks for hike planning in four seasons.  Consider answering the door. Hope to continue to see you on the trail.

I’m Just Sayin’.