This Sunday Hike is a replacement for the Finger Lakes Trail series we have been doing this fall. The combination of the distance to the FLT and the winter weather has reduced the interest in this series. We may continue later in the spring after seasonal roads reopen. But meanwhile, we are going to make an effort to visit sections of the Genesee Valley Greenway that Springwater Trails hasn’t seen. If there is snow, I am hoping this trail will be more appropriate than the FLT for easy cross country skiing.
In December, Wendy led a hike headed north from Cuylerville to Piffard. So this week we will continue north, starting in Piffard. If the snow listens to the weather man, we should have fresh snow Saturday and light snow Sunday afternoon. Check outside and bring your snowshoes, skis or winter boots.
All participants will start at the parking area in Piffard, and will head north toward York Landing Rd about 3 miles away. Skiers will turn around at York Landing and return to the starting point. Hikers and snowshoers will probably prefer to limit the distance to about 3 to 4 miles and therefore will end at York Landing where cars will be staged. (See below). Naturalists can watch the time and turn around to return to the cars if it is determined that conditions will not permit them to reach York Landing.
If you are willing to help stage cars, please arrive at the Piffard parking lot at 1:30 so we can shuttle cars to York Landing. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I know who to expect.
Following the hike, we will head to the Yard of Ale to warm up with a pint and dinner.
From Geneseo: Head north on Main St, then turn left on Court St, then at the bottom of the hill turn right on NY-63. In 2.3 miles, the road crosses the Greenway and parking is on the left next to the Yard of Ale. To get to York Landing Rd, continue west on NY-63 for 0.4 miles. Turn right on River Rd. Turn right on York Landing Rd in 2.7 miles. The parking is at the end of the road in 0.1 mile.
From Springwater: Take NY 15 north. After the curve at the top of the hill, turn left onto Liberty Pole Rd (CR 38). The road changes its name and number a couple of times, but keep going to the end. Turn right onto NY-63. Stay on NY-63 for 13.3 miles to Piffard. Parking is on the left next to the Yard of Ale.
From Wayland: Head south on NY 15/21 to I-390. Turn right onto I-390. Take exit 7 and turn right onto NY-408. Continue straight onto NY-63. Stay on NY 63 for 7 miles to Piffard. Parking is on the left next to the Yard of Ale.
From Honeoye: Head west on NY 20A. Turn right onto Big Tree Rd and continue for 6.9 miles into Livonia. Turn left on 20A and continue for 8.7 miles into Geneseo. Continue straight on Mary Jemison Dr by the college, then turn right onto NY 63. In 3 miles, parking is on the left next to the Yard of Ale.