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Devil’s Hole / Whirlpool State Park Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

 

Devil’s Hole – Staircase

Devil’s Hole State Park
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Bikes: No

Resources:
New York State Parks – Devil’s Hole
NYFalls – Devil’s Hole State Park
New York State Parks – Whirlpool
NYFalls – Whirlpool State Park
Scott A. Ensminger – Devil’s Hole

Trail:
Distance: 3.7 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Difficult (descent) Easy (gorge trail)

(2012-09-01) This was Kevin and my initial trip to Devil’s Hole. Our primary purpose was to scout out the fishing access on the Niagara. The park itself is free and the majority of the trail was easy walking. However, the staircase down at Devil’s Hole is a cardiac workout. Save some energy for the walk back! Overall, there were some places that you could get to the water to fish, but caution is needed as a wrong step or two and you could find yourself trying to fight the currents of the Niagara River. We focused primarily on two locations. Saw fish but caught nothing. The trail at Devil’s Hole connects to the trail at Whirlpool State Park. The staircase for the Whirlpool is indicated on the map, but we didn’t take it. In all, our round trip was 3.7 miles.

 

Bank side – Devil’s Hole

 

View of the power plant.

 

Cave along the trail

 

Rock face …

 

Whirlpool

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South Meadows Nature Area Monday, January 9th, 2012
South Meadows Nature Trail

South Meadows Nature Trail

South Meadows Nature Area
Fee: None
Pets: Yes
Bikes: No

Cummings Park Parking Area: GPS N42 47.779 W76 06.231
Trail Map: South Meadows Nature Map (PDF)

Trail: South Meadows Nature Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
Trail Entrance: GPS N42 47.728 W76 06.220
Alternate Trail Entrance: GPS N42 47.709 W76 06.101

01-07-2012 (Diane, Steven) – This relatively new trail is part of the Central New York Land Trust.  We parked at Cummings Park, which is right next to the trail, although there is an alternate entrance indicated by the coordinates above.  For the most part, this is an easy trail with sections of boards to assist in some of the wet areas.  Our visit had just a little ice on the ground which made the boards pretty slick.  To avoid the sharp incline, stay to the left at the trail intersections marked above.  The trail map also includes an elevation profile.

SMNT - Main Trail Entrance

SMNT - Main Trail Entrance

SMNT - Start of Trail

SMNT - Start of Trail

SMNT - Lower Field

SMNT - Lower Field

SMNT - Lower Field

SMNT - Lower Field

SMNT - Upper Field Entrance

SMNT - Upper Field Entrance

SMNT - View from on top of the upper field

SMNT - View from on top of the upper field

Baltimore Woods Nature Center Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Baltimore Woods - Overlook Trail

Baltimore Woods - Overlook Trail

Baltimore Woods Nature Center
Fee: None
Pets: No
Bikes: No

Upper Parking Area: GPS N42 57.917 W76 20.649
Lower Parking Area: N/A
Trail Map: Baltimore Woods Map (PDF)
Trail Map: Baltimore Woods (JPG)

Trail: Arboretum (Green)
Distance: 0.2 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
Upper Parking Area: GPS N42 57.917 W76 20.649

Trail: Backyard Wildlife (Blue Rabbit)
Distance: 0.3 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
Upper Parking Area: GPS N42 57.917 W76 20.649

 

Trail: Boundary (Pink Bird)
Distance: 1.4 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N42 58.295 W76 20.824 – Phillips Pond Entry
GPS: N42 58.319 W76 20.706 – Phillips Pond Traceback
GPS: N42 58.254 W76 20.840 – Boundary & Field and Forest
GPS: N42 58.161 W76 20.616 – Beaver Pond

Trail: Field to Forest (Green Deer)
Distance: 0.75 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N42 58.254 W76 20.840 – Boundary & Field and Forest

Trail: Griffiths (Beige Dragonfly)
Distance: 0.35 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Harrison Loop (Tan)
Distance: 0.15 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Faust (Purple Flower)
Distance: 0.03 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 57.953 W76 20.755 – Faust & Valley

Trail: Overlook (Orange Field Glasses)
Distance: 0.7 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N42 58.048 W76 20.808 – Overlook & Valley Trail

Trail: Pioneer (Red)
Distance: 0.03 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Valley (Yellow Hiker)
Distance: 0.6 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N42 57.953 W76 20.755 – Faust & Valley
GPS: N42 58.048 W76 20.808 – Overlook & Valley

01-02-2012 (Advgirl, Steven) – On this outing, we started in the upper parking lot.  From the parking lot we took the Arboretum trail to the Valley trail.  Valley to the Boundary trail.  We took the short extension along the Boundary trail to Phillips Pond and traced back to Boundary.  We continued to follow Boundary until the Forest and Field trail (south) which cut back into the Boundary trail near the beaver pond.  From there we continued to east portion of the Valley trail and back to the parking lot.  I suggest using caution on the Valley trail in wet weather as the mud can be very slick, even with hiking boots.

Faust Trail Entry

Faust Trail Entry

 

Valley Trail - Entry Point

Valley Trail - Entry Point

 

Valley Trail View

Valley Trail View

 

Boundary Trail - Sand Pit

Boundary Trail - Sand Pit

 

Boundary Trail - Phillips Pond

Boundary Trail - Phillips Pond

 

Field to Forest Trail

Field to Forest Trail

 

Boundary Trail - Beaver Pond

Boundary Trail - Beaver Pond

 

Valley Trail - Ascent

Valley Trail - Ascent