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Reservoir Creek Golf Course, Naples

GOLF ANYONE!!!!

This week’s hike will be at Reservoir Creek Golf Course located in Naples NY. So, stick a golf ball in your coat pocket and walk the course with your fellow hikers. The full 18 holes is 5 miles long and will take around 2hrs 15 minutes for the climbers. Nine holes for the tourist will be about 2 miles. The Naturalist take a nice walk from holes 1- 5 along the Creek bed or longer if they wish. For those of you who pass between holes 8 and 9 you just might be able to see the foxes. You will certainly see their den.

If there is enough snow you might want to try your hand at snowshoeing or cross country skiing. More than likely you will want your poles and footwear with good traction if there is snow on the ground. The lay of the land is up and down but the inclines are short but the views are beautiful!

We will meet in the parking lot of Reservoir Creek Golf Course at 2:00pm.

After hike Social will be at Neapolitan Pizzeria 120 N Main street Naples.

 
Directions to Reservoir Creek Golf Course, 8613 Cohocton Street Route 21 South, Naples NY
From Honeoye: Follow W Hollow Rd (County Road 36) to Naples. Turn Right at the Middletown Tavern on to Rte. 21 South, Continue on Rte. 21 South for about half a mile.  Reservoir Creek is on your left.
 
From Rochester: Take NY 15 South.  Turn left onto Route 21 North in Wayland at the light. At the intersection of Rte. 21 and Rte. 371 in the Town of North Cohocton turn left staying on Rte. 21 North.  Reservoir Creek Golf Course is on your right about 4 .1 miles.

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Take 390 South to the Wayland Exit.   Turn right on Rte. 21 North at the light in Wayland.  At the intersection of Rte. 21 and Rte. 371 in the Town of North Cohocton turn left staying on Rte. 21 North.  Reservoir Creek Golf Course is on your right about 4 .1 miles.

 
From Springwater and Wayland: Head out on Rte. 15 South to Wayland.   Turn left onto Route 21 South in Wayland at the light. At the intersection of Rte. 21 and 371 in the Town of North Cohocton turn left staying on Rte. 21.  Reservoir Creek Golf Course is on your right about 4 .1 miles.
 
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The Bristol Hills Branch #6 – Seman Road to Mt. Pleasant Street

The hike on Sunday 21st January 2018 will follow a section of the Bristol Hills Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail in Naples. Springwater Trails has signed up to maintain this section of the Finger Lakes Trail.  This section passes through the West Hill Preserve off Seman Rd and then across private land to Mt Pleasant St. in Naples. This section of trail is also in our plan to walk the entire length of the BHB.

The trail is in good shape provided that there has been no serious winter damage. It rises steadily from the Seman Road access point to the ridge line, and then drops fairly steeply down to Naples. It has been a reliably dry trail in the past apart from a short section of bog near the beginning of the hike. We will be making notes about areas that need maintenance.  Maintenance days will be planned in the spring and late summer, to help keep this trail in the conditions that hikers have grown to expect. 

We will meet at the entrance to the West Hill Preserve on Seman Road (42.66166, -77.396288). We will shuttle some cars down to the hike end in Naples (42.625950, -77.397304) before we start. The climbers will follow the trail down to the old cemetery in Naples.  Naturalists follow the trail to the sign in box and then return to the cars on Seman Road.

Please note: Dogs are not allowed to hike on the Nature Conservancy property.

The Social and the Christmas Party

Following the hike, please join us for a social and late Christmas party at John’s house (42.615870, -77.456155). The address is 8402 French Hill Road, Naples, NY 14512.

Directions to the Hike Meeting Point: 

From Springwater: Head south on NY 15 (for 5.2mi). At the light in Wayland turn left on NY 21N (for 6.7mi). In N Cohocton, turn left to stay on NY 21N (for 4.5mi). In Naples, turn left again to stay on NY 21N (for 1.8mi). On the north side of Naples, turn left on CR12 and head up the hill for 1.9 miles.  Take the first left, Rhine St., to the 4 way  intersection.  Go left onto Seman Rd.  Trailhead is about 1/2 mile, by a big sign on the left. Park along the road.

From Honeoye: Head south on CR 36 on the west side of Honeoye Lake (for 13.6 miles from NY 20A). Turn left onto Gulick Rd (for 2 mi), then right on Davis Rd (for 0.7mi). At the end of Davis, turn left on W Hollow Rd (CR 33) for 0.5mi, then right on Seman Rd. The Trailhead is about 1 mile, by a big sign on the right. Park along the road.

Directions from the Hike Meeting Point to John’s House (42.615870, -77.456155).

From the meeting point on Seman Road, go west to the junction with West Hollow Road (that’s left, with your back to the trail head). Turn left on to West Hollow Road, and then first right onto Davis Road. At the junction with Gulick Road, turn left and go all the way to the end of the road where it meets County Road 36 (Hunts Hollow Road). Turn right, and half a mile later turn left onto French Hill Road.John’s house is 1 mile up French Hill Road, on the right. It has green siding.

Directions from the Old Cemetery in Naples to John’s House (42.615870, -77.456155).

From the hike end point at Bob and Ruth’s restaurant go south on Rt. 21 through downtown Naples (that’s right with you back to Bob and Ruth’s) and then turn right on county road 36, also known as Hunts Hollow Road; this turn is at the Middletown Tavern. Go north up County 36 for about 2 miles, and then turn left onto French Hill Road. It is the second left after turning onto the road from Rt. 21. John’s house is 1 mile up French Hill Road, on the right. It has green siding.

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The FLT Through Mitchellsville Creek Gully

NOTE: It’s still hunting season! Please wear bright colors, preferably orange.

The hike on Sunday 7th January 2018 – the first hike of the New Year – will follow a section of the main path of the Finger Lakes Trail in Urbana, just south of Hammondsport. This is the same hike that we attempted in October but had to abandon because of torrential rain. It’s a short easy hike, just 2.6 miles, and it follows the rim of a deep gully cut by the Mitchellsville Creek. This section slopes gently downhill from north to south with just a few short steep sections. The northern two thirds passes through a dense hemlock wood, and the path is a soft bed of hemlock needles; there are views of the deep gully along the way. There are two ‘beauty spots’ along the route; about a third of the way from the top there’s a short side track that juts out over the gorge giving good views from a height, and about two thirds of the way down there is a pretty creek. Unfortunately, we can’t get too close to either spot; this section of the trail is on private land and we can’t wander off it. The gorge overlook is crumbling and is dangerous, and access to the creek is specifically denied by the land owner.

We will meet at the FLT trail head on Route 54 in Urbana, by the Pleasant Valley Inn (42.388729, -77.260357) at 2:00pm. 

The Climbers will shuttle to the high point of the hike at FLT access point 5 on Mitchellsville Road (42.404269, -77.290893), and then walk down the FLT back to the meeting point.

The Tourists and Naturalists will start at the meeting point and walk up the trail. They will walk a short distance north on Rt. 88 (it is Hammondsport-Pleasant Valley Road) and then go left on the FLT through a vineyard. At the end of the vineyard the trail crosses a stream and then rises up through the gully to a pretty spot by the creek. There are no steep sections on this stretch. Those who want to can carry on up the trail can do so, but there are some short but more difficult sections to navigate.

The Social

We’ll have a social at the Union Block Italian Restaurant, 31 Shethar Street, Hammondsport; it is right on the village square. This restaurant opens at 4:00pm on Sundays, so there is a danger that we will finish this hike before it opens – it is a short hike this time. We could wait at the Aroma Art coffee shop if we are done hiking too soon.

 

Directions 

From Honeoye: Follow W Hollow Rd (County Road 36) to Naples. Turn Right at the Middletown Tavern on to Rt. 21 South, and then bear left on to NY-53 South. Continue for 17.1 miles through Prattsburg and then turn left to County Rd 13/Mitchellsville Rd in Wheeler. Turn right when this road ends and folow this road (Route 88) to its junction with route 54.  The parking area and trail head is on the left.

From Naples: Take NY-21 South, and then bear left on to NY-53 South. Continue for 17.1 miles through Prattsburg and then turn left to County Rd 13/Mitchellsville Rd in Wheeler. Turn right when this road ends and folow this road (Route 88) to its junction with route 54.  The parking area and trail head is on the left.

From Rochester: Take NY 15 south to the I-390, and then I-390 South to the NY 54 / Bath exit, then follow NY54 north to the Pleasant Valley Inn.The parking area and trail head is on the left.

From Springwater and Wayland: Take 390 South to the NY 54 / Bath exit, then follow NY54 north to the Pleasant Valley Inn.The parking areaand trail head is on the left.

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Steege Hill Hike

Description

This preserve, maintained by the Finger Lakes Land Trust, is a perfect refuge during hunting season.  In fact, our hikers will be performing a service to the land trust by patrolling the woods as they walk. Steege Hill is about 800 acres acquired in 2001 from an anonymous donor.  The forest is regenerating after heavy logging in the 1970’s and contains many  species of hardwoods.  The 6 miles of trails are constructed largely on the old logging roads. On some of the steep slopes original hardwoods and conifers still remain.  From its hilltop vantage point, there is a bird’s eye view of the Chemung River.  Worth mentioning are two notable creatures that inhabit this woods.  Timber Rattlesnakes have long been residents here, especially on the sunlit rocky outcroppings. They may be snugly out of sight this time of year.  The nests of Allegheny Mound Ants are common sight, trailside and in clearings.  Black bears like it here too.

Hike Groups

Lets hope the weather conditions are more favorable than last year’s wet and snowy visit to Steege Hill.  All groups will depart together from the parking area, heading uphill for about 1/2 mile on a moderate pitch. There are 4 trail loops to explore.

Naturalists  will cruise around the Yellow Loop, about a 2 mile jaunt with a few small inclines and a pond.  A volunteer leader is needed for this group.

Tourists will traverse the blue and orange trails, enjoying a variety of terrain with some moderate climbs, about 3.5miles. A volunteer leader will also be needed for this group.

Climbers will tackle the white and red trails which offer some up and down hill changes as well as a nice valley view.  Distance is about 4.5 miles.

Hopefully all groups will arrive back at the starting point at approximately the same time.

Parking space at Steege Hill is limited.  Carpooling is highly recommended.  Meet in Springwater at the Town Hall on Route 15 at 12:45 as the drive is about 1 hour.

Directions  take 390 south to I 86.  Take exit 48 then follow Rt 352E for 1.5 miles.  Turn right on South Corning Rd. for .7 miles.  After crossing bridge across Chemung River, turn left on Steege Hill Rd.  Follow for 1 mile.  Preserve is on left.

After Hike Social will be at Tags Restaurant, 3037 Rt  252 in Big Flats.  It is a very short drive from the hike.  Good food.  We have been there previously.