Naples, NY 14512
The plan for this hike has changed!
Now we will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the house of Gideon Hanggi at 7976 Route 21 in Naples. The house is black with red shutters; it is at the north end of Naples, opposite the Hanggi Christmas Tree Farm.
There is a meadow to the south side of the house – that’s the left as you look at the house. At the southern end of the meadow there is a dirt driveway – drive up as far as the tree line and park.
In order to get all the work done, we plan to get everyone to the work site with as much time as possible given to trail making. We’ll get there via Mr. Hanggi land rather than the one-hour hike to the site from either direction on the BHB. For those who can’t manage the steep climb to the top of the hill, Mr. Hanggi has offered to ferry people there in his 4-wheel drive vehicle – and back again of course for those who would like a ride! The site itself is on a slope, but it is manageable for all our hikers. The new route will follow the stream on both banks, which is also worth a good many photographs.
Please bring some tools with you to help trim back any brush that has grown into the pathway – loppers to trim brambles and roses are usually the most useful. Work gloves are also very necessary – roses can be sharp and mean! We’ll also clear away any fallen branches that we can manage. If heavier work is needed, such as mowing and tree removal then we’ll note what needs to be done and get it organized separately. It’s still early in the year, so we are not expecting any heavy encroachment of the undergrowth as yet. If anyone can bring a weed whacker, we’d like to get a crew of 2 people to walk up the trail from the cemetery in Naples and whack down some undergrowth about half way to the work site. This crew doesn’t have to walk all the way to the top of the hill if they don’t want to – the trail is clear for most of the way.
This hike is usually a dry hike, with good views at the higher elevations near Seman Road. The trail down to Naples follows a beautiful shale stream, with plenty of deep gullies and waterfalls – and there’s lots of water in the stream at the moment.