This Sunday we will hike from the hills of East Springwater down into the Honeoye Valley. If the weather is good, we will enjoy some nice views of Honeoye Lake. Our thanks to the Buckley family and Hunt Hollow for permission for this hike.
We will have two hikes this Sunday, a through hike from Thorp Rd to the Hunt Hollow lodge, or from Thorp Rd to the top of the Ski Runs and then back to the start.
We will stage some cars at the Hunt Hollow parking lot before the hike, so it would be great to know how many hikers want to hike all the way down to the bottom of the ski runs. Please send an email (by Saturday night) to info at springwatertrails.org if you plan to hike to the lodge. Let us know how many are coming.
Also, please let us know if you can help with the carpooling by meeting us at the Hunt Hollow parking lot off of Ontario County Road 36 at 1:20 on Sunday.
We will all meet on Thorp Rd on the far east side of Springwater. We will hike up through the woods to the fields at the top. On the Thursday pre-hike, we could see the length of Honeoye Lake and all the way up to the towers in downtown Rochester. From the fields it will be a short walk through woods to the top of the chair lifts. The Climbers will head west along the easiest trail and follow it down the slope. The Tourists will follow the climbers to the overlook deck and then will retrace their steps back to the fields and will return to the cars on a different route around the woods.
The route starts at 1900 ft above sea level, and climbs to 2100. The Climbers will end at 1140ft,
We had about 4 inches of crusty snow for the pre-hike, but with rain and warmer temperatures predicted for Friday and Saturday, we are expecting much of the snow to be gone by Sunday. Wear waterproof boots in case it is muddy, and bring poles and cleats for stability.
First a word of warning. Thorp Rd may not be on your map or GPS or may be labeled Monkey Run. Thorp Rd intersects Warner Rd to the north and Dutch Hollow to the south. Warner Rd may be labeled Garlinghouse Rd on your map or GPS. However, Monkey Run is a private road north of Warner Rd, and Garlinghouse is a seasonal road (not plowed in the winter) east of Thorp Rd. Set your GPS for the intersection of Tabors Corner Rd and Pardee Hollow Rd and follow the directions below. Avoid Monkey Run, Garlinghouse, Liddiard, and Coates, and Richards or Lanning Roads (especially in the winter).
From the corner of Tabors Corner Rd and Pardee Hollow Rd: Go east on Pardee Hollow Rd (There is a Maple Syrup sign pointing the way). At the stop sign turn left (north) onto Dutch Hollow Rd. Thorp Rd is on the right 1.3 miles up Dutch Hollow Rd. Park on the right side about a tenth of a mile down Thorp Rd.
From Springwater: From the center of Springwater, head north on Rt 15A. Bear right (east) onto Co Rd 16 (Wheaton Hill Rd) heading toward Tabors Corners. Continue up Wheaton Hill Rd to the end. Turn left (north) on Wetmore Rd, then the first right (east) on Co Rd 36/Tabors Corner Rd. After 0.4miles, bear Left (east) onto Dutch Hollow Rd. You will pass Peglow Rd on the right and Warner Rd on the left (both dirt roads). Take a sharp left turn onto Thorp Rd shortly after Warner Rd. Park on the right (east) side about a tenth of a mile down Thorp Rd.
From Wayland: Take NY-21 east from the light toward N Cohocton. Go 2.9 miles and turn left onto Steuben County Rd 37 (The sign reads Boles Corners). Stay on that road for 3.7 miles (In Livingston Co, it becomes Co Rd 36/Tabors Corners Rd). Turn Right (east) onto Pardee Hollow Rd (Note the Maple Syrup sign pointing the way). At the stop sign turn left (north) on Dutch Hollow Rd. Thorp Rd is on the right 1.3 miles up Dutch Hollow Rd. Park on the right side about a tenth of a mile down Thorp Rd.
From Honeoye: Contact us about helping with staging cars at Hunt Hollow.
More directions are available here.