Mt Morris Dam Tour and Hike

June 1, 2014 @ 12:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Please join us on June 1, 2014 for a combo special event  hike in the Town of Mount Morris and Letchworth State Park.  Springwater Trails is pleased to extend an invitation to members of the Olean Area Hiking Group, the Victor Hiking Trails hikers,  Crescent Trail Association hikers, and Ontario Pathways hikers to join us for the afternoon.

There are three main components to the combo special event:  1) A ranger led walking tour of the Mt Morris Dam, 2) three concurrent hikes along the Letchworth Branch of the Finger Lakes Trail, 3) an after-hike pot-luck social at the picnic shelter at the Dam Visitor Center.  You and your family are invited to attend one, two or all three components of the combo hike.  You may also wish to take advantage of the many other opportunities in the Mt Morris area.  Check both the Mount Morris and Mt Morris websites for additional information.

S/T characteristically plans three hikes to meet the varied levels of ability and interest of hikers, including 1) an easy hike, approx up to 2 miles with no taxing hills, with a pace aimed at looking at scenery, nature, identifying plants, etc , 2)  a moderate hike, approx 3-4 miles, 3)  a lengthier hike, approx 5-6 miles with no bones about inclusion of very substantial hills.    All groups take rest stops as assessed as needed.  S/T targets hiking time duration to be in the neighborhood of 2 hours.

Hikers should meet at the Mt Morris Dam Visitor Center at 12:15 (look for the Springwater Trails hike sandwich-board sign).  Hikers must complete & sign a brief waiver form as required by dam personnel before the 12:30 Dam Tour start time.    At 2:00, following the dam tour, we will form three groups to hike the Finger Lakes Trail heading south from the parking lot.  Since the hikes will be one-way hikes, we will arrange for car pickups back to the parking area prior to the hike.  After the hikes, at about 4:00, a pot luck social will be held at a picnic shelter near the parking area.  Bring a dish to pass (pot luck) or make a donation (suggested $5) to the social fund to help defray expenses, and bring a beverage of your choice.  The dam tour and hike are free and are open to anyone interested, and there is no admittance fee to this part of Letchworth State Park .  You do not need to be a member of Springwater Trails or any other hiking group – all are invited to attend.  Although there is no requirement of advance notice to join us for this combo special event hike, we encourage an e-mail reply to assist us in planning.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to stay for the social.

To assist in planning, please RSVP to [email protected] prior to the hike.

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