Ontario County Park is really a hidden gem in the area, providing hiking, biking, cross country skiing, fishing (no hunting), and camping or picnicking opportunities depending on the season. This Sunday we will explore some winter hiking trails we haven’t visited much over the years. You should expect some interesting views around the park..
The weather is very interesting right now. On Tuesday Mark and I did a prehike in a howling gale with blowing snow up on top of Gannett Hill. The temperature up on the hill was 29° when the village of Naples was us at 34° and no snow. On Thursday for a second prehike, we ran into snow drifts up to 2 feet deep and invisible trails covered with snow. And now weather forecasts are calling for rain on Saturday, and light rain with temperatures around 50 on Sunday. Right now is a good time to get our you rubber boots and your snow shoes and cross country skis, so you are ready for whatever comes.
Here are our current plans for Sunday – these may change depending on the conditions on Sunday.
The Climbers will explore the black trail on the west side of the park. This trail weaves along near the steep west hill of the park. It’s not clear we were actually on the trail on Thursday, but the hiking was generally quite easy and we have marked a trail with yellow tape so we won’t get lost.
The Tourists and Naturalists will explore the green trail on the north side of the park. Mark will lead this hike which means we may not always know where the trail is.
Following our hike, all interested hikers will gather at the Neapolitan in Naples for Pizza or hot sandwiches.The Neapolitan is located on the west side of Main St one block south of the high school.
Directions: The easiest route is to take NY 64 to Bristol Springs and turn west on Gannett Hill Rd. There is a sign indicating Ontario County Park. At the top of the hill turn right onto South Gannett Hill Road. The park entrance is straight ahead. Follow the park road for about .5 miles to our meeting place which is the parking area along the park road near the information kiosk at the Finger Lakes Trail trail-head.