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Fairport Canal Paddle, Hike, or Bike

This week Springwater Trails will return to the Erie Canal for a walking, biking, or kayaking tour of the Erie Canal through Fairport, NY. The Town of Perinton was established by the New York Legislature in 1812. When the Erie Canal opened in 1823 the hamlet of Perrinsville grew steadily around the “fair port” on the canal that marked the east side of the crossing of the Irondequoit Creek. The hamlet was incorporated as Fairport in 1867.

All hikers, bikers and boaters will meet at the boat launch on Ayrault  Road. Please arrive early to allow time to unload boats and bikes and to park your cars in the boat launch lot. We will start the hike promptly at 4:00. Following the hike, you are invited to join us at Mulconry’s Irish Pub and Grill at 17 Liftbridge Ln E in Fairport for dinner and socializing.

In order to free up parking spaces for boaters at the boat launch, Hikers will carpool to the Fairport end of the trail. (see directions below). This hike will be an out and back, so please keep track of time. From the parking lot, head west on the Canal. Hikers will go under the lift bridge (note that the bridge is higher on one end – I think it is the only lift bridge that isn’t level). Next you will pass Erie Boat Rentals where you can rent kayaks and bikes for $21 for 2 hours. A mile down the trail is Perinton Park with swings and benches to rest. Continuing under Fairport Rd (NY 31F), the Fairport Crew Club docks will be on your left. Continue on toward Ayrault Rd until about 5:20, at which point hikers should turn around and head back to the cars and the social.

Boaters will put in at the boat launch and head north toward Fairport. In a half mile, you will see an oxbow to the right – a couple of islands with the original creek bed around them. Enjoy exploring this little harbor. Another mile ahead, you will pass under Fairport Rd (31F). The Fairport Crew Docks are on the left before the bridge, and Perinton Park is also on the left just after the bridge. The total distance to Main St in Fairport is 2.5 miles, a pleasant trip that can be completed out and back in 2 hours. However, all boaters should turn around shortly after 5:00, planning to arrive back at the boat launch at 6:00.

Bikers will ride both directions on the canal path. Leaving from the boat launch, turn right on Ayrault Rd to cross the canal. About 200 ft past the bridge, turn right on the access trail, then right on the canal path toward Bushnell’s Basin. Its about 5 miles to the Great Embankment Park on the right. From that park, turn around and ride past Bushnell’s Basin past Ayrault and continue on toward Fairport. If you turn around at the lift bridge on Main St, you will have about a 10 mile ride. Or continue on through the village to Lyndon Rd (large ramp up to the road level) means a 14 mile ride.

Directions to the meeting point at the Ayrault Rd boat launch.

From Springwater: From the flashing light in Springwater, head north on NY 15A for 13 miles. You will pass through Hemlock. When US-20A bears to the left, and 15A continues straight, you should turn right on Richmond Mills Rd (CR-41). In 4 miles, turn left onto CR-37. In West Bloomfield continue straight onto NY-65. In 0.7 miles, when NY-65 curves to the left, continue straight onto CR-35 (W. Bloomfield Rd). In 9.8 miles turn right on Thornell Rd. At the T, turn right onto NY-96. In the hamlet of Bushnell’s Basin, turn left onto Kreag Rd. Continue through the light at NY-31. At the T turn left onto Ayrault Rd.  The boat launch will be on the right before the canal.

From Naples: Head north on NY-21. In about 7 miles continue straight onto NY-64 (NY-21 takes a right). Continue on NY-64 past Bristol Mountain. After 13.3 miles on NY-64, at the stop light, turn left onto US-20. In 1.3 miles turn right onto NY-444. It is 6.8 miles to Victor. Turn left onto NY-96. Stay on 96 for 2.9 miles. Take the I-490W entrance to the right. Take exit 26 for NY-31 – turn left on NY-31. At the light (0.2 mi) turn left onto Ayrault Rd. In a mile, the boat launch is on the left, just past the canal.

Directions from the boat launch to Fairport and the social at Mulconry’s: From the boat launch turn left onto Ayrault Rd. At the stop light, turn left onto NY-250. Continue through Fairport and cross the canal. Take the first right after the canal (before the railroad tracks) on Liftbridge Ln. You can park in the lot on the right between Liftbridge Ln and the Canal.  Mulconry’s is across Liftbridge Ln.

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Mushroom Hike

Katherine has invited us back to her farm in the beautiful town of Springwater to explore for wild mushrooms.  This is a great opportunity to pick some interesting mushrooms and learn about them from people who have studied them. You will learn which are safe to eat and whether any are good to eat.

Note: it is safe to pick mushrooms, but wait until you know what is what before you eat them.

Char will lead the Climbers. After checking in at the farm parking lot to sign the waiver and to receive the instructions on how to collect a specimen, the Climbers will carpool to Amanda’s Garden where Ellen Folts will host the group for an hour at her place. Then the Climbers will car pool to the All Western Evergreen South field Road entrance off Story Road and hike down through the wholesale trees A through E (back and forth through Fraser fir, Concolor fir, Korean and Turkish fir and notice the view, then back to Story Road to go through the Northwest Forest to the Cathedral pines, the south forest, across the choose and cut lots of Fraser fir, Korean fir and Concolor fir, to the North field road, scouring the hedgerow for mushrooms. Then we will hike up the farm road to Story road, staying on the farm land around the stone pile and back to the carpooled cars, drive back to the house.

Tourists will be led by Katherine or Carol: After checking in at the farm parking lot to sign the waiver and to receive the instructions on how to collect a specimen, the Tourists will hike to the south up through the woods and fields to Swartz Road and back through the Norway Spruce up by the pond and up through the Cathedral pines, across to the fields through O lots (correction strip trees), across the fields to the North field road down along the hedge row, through Scot Hill Triangle, down north field road along the hedgerow and just below the UVW fence, then through the woods back to the house where downstairs the mushrooms will be identified by Dr. Randy Weidner from RAMA and then we will have dish-to-pass social upstairs.

Naturalists: After checking in at the farm parking lot to sign the waiver and to receive the instructions on how to collect a specimen, the Naturalists, led by Gene & Georgia, will hike around the back yard behind the house including the Alaska Yellow Cedar, the nursery and up through the forest up behind all the houses along Liberty Pole Road, back up the hike path to the XY Douglas-fir and Concolor, through the fence around UVW across to the man gate at X center lot and then up the outside of the UVW fence to the Cathedral pines along the south field road and back to the house via the pond J Lot and forest back to the house where downstairs the mushrooms will be identified by Dr. Randy Weidner from RAMA and then we will have dish-to-pass social upstairs.

After the hikes, we will gather in the garage to see all of the collected mushrooms. Mushrooms will be identified by Dr. Randy Weidner from Rochester Area Micological Association (RAMA) from about 4:30 to 5:00. Hikers should plan their time to return to the house before that time.

Following the mushroom identification, join us for a dish-to-pass social upstairs.Please bring a dish to share (or make a small donation to the social fund) and your own beverage of choice. Water and tea will be available. Paper plates and plastic utensils will be provided unless you wish to bring your own place setting (and help save a tree). There will be space in the range oven and in the refriderator/freezers for your dishes if needed – please come in the garage and call upstairs if no one is there.

CR 60
Directions to 6840 Liberty Pole Rd, Dansville, NY (in beautiful Springwater, NY):

Note: It has been reported that some GPS systems use the center of the farm as the target location and send you to the wrong side of the farm. Before you leave check that the last road is Liberty Pole Rd and not Swartz Rd. Google Maps seems to know the location of the house. Or, use the directions below. There is a tree farm sign clearly visible at 6840 Liberty Pole Road and the house is visible from the road.

From Springwater: Go west from the Springwater light on Rt 15 North.  Just past the top of the hill, turn left on Co Rd  38 (Liberty Pole Rd).  The farm is on the left 1.1 miles from Rt 15 at 6840 Liberty Pole Rd.

From Geneseo: Go south on NY 63. About 6.4 miles after passing Rt 408, turn left on County Road 1 at Groveland.  This road becomes CR 1A at Scottsburg (rt 256) and then Liberty Pole Rd (CR 38).  It is 7.1 miles from Groveland to the All Western Evergreen Tree Farm.

From Honeoye: Take 20A west to Hemlock and 15A south to Springwater.  Then follow the Springwater directions.

From Rochester: Take I390 south to Exit 9 (NY 15 / Lakeville).  Turn left onto NY 15 and follow Rt 15 through Lakeville and Livonia (16.5 miles).  Just past Webster’s Crossing stay straight on CR 60 when Rt 15 bears left.  Take the first right off CR 60 onto Liberty Pole Rd (CR 38). The farm is on the left at 6840 Liberty Pole Rd.

 

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FLT Series: Map 11, Access 2 to 5

In August, we hiked a section of the Finger Lakes Trail north west of Bath that primarily stayed in the woods. This Sunday we will go a bit west of Bath to a section that is more evenly split between fields and woods, which should keep all our hikers alert to follow the blazes.

The weather promises to be good, so following the hike, we will have a dish to pass social at the end of the Climbers’ hike. This is a change from the original posting.

We will meet at the middle of the 3.8 mile section on Snell Hill Road (Access 3). The Naturalists and Climbers will carpool to Access 2 on Harris Hill Rd and follow the trail east, around a swamp and up to the top of a level ridge. The first road is CR 69 which we cross onto a uphill road through the woods. This section ends with a walk along the edge of the yard onto Snell Hill Rd and the Naturalists cars.  The climbers will continue east. This next section is a little tricky. The trail starts with a short section along a field and enters the woods. There are a couple of sticks blocking the way between trees, but it is easy to get around and continue the trail though easy woods. The trail turns left to scoot down a hedgerow, but it is best to find a way out to the field on the left and stay along the edge of the hedgerow down to Gay Gulf Rd. It is a pretty road walk as Gay Gulf Rd cuts along a steep bank with interesting rock formations. In about 0.2 miles, the trail turns right up a steep road and continues to Robinson Rd. Across the road, follow the edge of the corn field on the right, and then enter a large woods. Take care, there has recent logging and the trail is rutted. The hike ends along a hay field to the Tourists cars on Sinclair Rd.

Meanwhile, the Tourists will carpool to Access 5 on Sinclair Rd. They will hike north west along the hay field, then into a recently logged forest to Robinson Rd. Continue across Robinson Rd, following the blazes to Gay Gulf Rd. Turn left and notice the rock wall on the left side of the road. You should pass cows on the left, before coming to a left turn into a driveway (watch for blazes painted on the guardrail entering the driveway. Pass between two farm buildings and turn left to the hedgerow.  Follow the edge of the field, Once the hedgerow on the left become more of a forest, you should be able to find a route into the woods to find the blazed trail. Continue down to Snell Hill Rd and the cars. At this point, check the time. The trail jogs left on Snell Hill and then continues west.  The Tourists should continue a far as desired, then turn around and return to Snell Hill Rd and the cars.

Directions: From Springwater, Wayland, Dansville etc: Take I-390 South toward Bath and Corning. Take Exit 1 (Avoca), and turn right on Michigan Hollow Rd. Turn left onto NY-415 for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto CR-70A just before the road goes under I-86. In 3 miles, turn left onto Bouten Rd. You will cross a creek and then stay to the left to keep on Bouten. The road name may change, but continue for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Snell Hill Rd. The trail crosses the road in about 1.3 miles. Park along the road.

From Naples and Cohocton: From Naples, take NY-21 South to N. Cohocton. Continue straight for 5 miles to Cohocton. At the stop sign, continue straight onto NY-415 for 9.6 miles. Turn right onto CR-70A just before the road goes under I-86. In 3 miles, turn left onto Bouten Rd. You will cross a creek and then stay to the left to keep on Bouten. The road name may change, but continue for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Snell Hill Rd. The trail crosses the road in about 1.3 miles.

Directions to hike starts

From Snell Hill Rd to Harris Hill Rd: Continue south on Snell Hill Rd, which becomes McChesney Rd. Turn right onto Turnpike Rd for 0.4 miles, then right onto Harris Hill Rd. In 0.7 miles, cross McCaddam Rd. The trail will be on the right in about 0.2 miles. Park on the shoulder.

From Snell Hill Rd to Sinclair Rd: Continue south on Snell Hill Rd, which becomes McChesney Rd. Turn left onto Turnpike Rd for 1.8 miles, then left onto Sinclair Rd. The trail is on the left in about half a mile.

Directions to the Social on Sinclair Rd

From Harris Hill: Return south on Harris Hill Rd to the stop sign at Turnpike Rd. Turn left on Turnpike Rd and continue for 2.2 miles. Turn left onto Sinclair Rd at a curve in Turnpike.The trail is on the left in about half a mile.

From Snell Hill: Continue south on Snell Hill Rd, which becomes McChesney Rd. Turn left onto Turnpike Rd for 1.8 miles, then left onto Sinclair Rd. The trail is on the left in about half a mile.