Ontario Pathways, hike and bike

Just when you thought we had moved out of the picture, here we are again, leading a hike in our new Ontario County location. We have hiked the nice, flat Ontario Pathways Trail, converted from a former railroad bed, before, but usually, at the west end, by Canandaigua. This day, we’re going to explore a section we haven’t gone to before, a part of the east end, north of Stanley. Our meeting place is the parking lot on CR 20, just north of US 20. Detailed directions from Springwater are below.

Climbers and tourists will car pool north on CR 20, to the parking lot by the Orleans water tower, where SR 488 makes a right angle turn to the north. They will then walk south, on the OP trail, to the meeting point. Tourists will walk straight down the main trail and climbers will also explore 2 loop trails, east of the main trail. Naturalists will be driven to Ferguson St., where they will walk to the trail, then south on the trail to the meeting point.

The nice, flat trail is conducive to a nice autumn bike ride so, we’re also offering this option, this day. Bikers will ride south on the trail, to the parking lot in Stanley. There, they will ride the trail, northwest, across 5&20, to Spangle St. Ride north on Spangle, east on CR 4 to the trail, and south on the trail to the meeting point.

Hoping for a nice fall day, late October should still be warm enough for us to have a picnic social at the parking lot where we meet, maybe he last one of the year. Bring chairs, a folding table, if you have one, and a dish to pass. However, if one of you tries to feed margarine to Mother Nature, getting her to show her nasty side that day, we’ll reserve the option of going inside. I don’t know of any place between Stanley and Canandaigua that’s open Sunday afternoon so, think of some place in Canandaigua. I’ll check the weather forecast around the end of the week and post a final decision.

UPDATE: Congratulations!  All of you have been nice to the sweet lady and, to show her gratitude, looks like she’ll be giving us an autumn day, for our hike this Sunday, that couldn’t be better if you tried, with lots of sunshine and temps in the 70s, perfect for an outdoor picnic after the hike.  So, prepare one of your great culinary creations for us to enjoy, concluded by one of Char Buck’s fabulous desserts.  Also, pack some folding chairs.  We’re bringing a folding table but, if you have one you can bring, we could probably use it too.

From Springwater, go north on SR 15A, then east on US 20A. Turn right and continue east on US 20. At CR 20, turn left. The parking lot is immediately on the right, after you turn. Springwater Town Hall at 1:00 or Honeoye Shopping Plaza (Surefine, CVS) at 1:15 are suggested car pool locations.

And finally, for all you brilliant trivia gurus, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature” was an ad for what product?

May the Schwartz be with you. See you Sunday.

The FLT Through Mitchellsville Creek Gully

The hike on Sunday 29th October will follow a section of the main path of the Finger Lakes Trail in Urbana, just south of Hammondsport. 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, and there of 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 picnic clearing by the creek.

We will meet at the FLT trailhead 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 and then go left on the FLT through a vineyard. At the end of the vineyardthe trail crosses a stream and then rises up through the gully to a pretty picnic spot by the creek. There are no steep sections on this stretch. Those who want to can carry on up the trail, but there are some short but more difficult sections to navigate.

 

The Social

We’ll have a picnic social at the lower beauty spot, where the Climbers will meet up with the Tourists and Naturalists. Bring a sandwich and a drink, and a folding chair if you need one. If we can stretch things out to 5:00pm, the Pleasant Valley Inn bar will open and we can get a drink there too.

 

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 89) 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 89) 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.