Archive for the ‘Private Parks – New York’ Category

Vanderkamp Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Frank Channing Soule Lodge

Frank Channing Soule Lodge

Vanderkamp
Fee: None (donations accepted)
Pets: No
Handicap Access: Grounds only, not trails

Parking: N43 15.560 W75 54.107
[map] 1979 Trail Map
[map] 2011 Trail Map
[link] Cleveland Historical Society – Vanderkamp History
[link] Cleveland Historical Society – Vanderkamp Gallery
[link] Vanderkamp Official Site

Green Trail
N43 15.522 W75 53.982
Distance: 2.4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy

Trail View - Green / Orange Trail

Trail View – Green / Orange Trail

Chapel

Chapel

Beach

Beach

Boat House

Boat House

 

Blue Trail
N43 15.522 W75 53.982
Distance: 1.4 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy

Orange Trail
N43 15.522 W75 53.982
Distance: 2.9 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy

Stone Bridge - Orange Trail

Stone Bridge – Orange Trail

Ferns - Orange Trail

Ferns – Orange Trail

 

10/04/2013 (Solo) Vanderkamp is a hidden oasis in the Cleveland area.  The trails offer many scenic areas, both along the beautiful pond and within the wooded trails.  The main areas around the lodges is very easy walking.  However, along some of the trails, there are areas that can be tricky to navigate.  There are signs placed throughout the trails, but it is recommended that you have a map and compass in hand.  Several of the signs simply indicate north or south, so knowing north is helpful.  Admittedly, there where a few areas that contained unmarked crossroads that had me double backing, especially around marker #23 which leads out to County Route #17.  This being said, many trail markers and much maintenance has been done along the trails making it a great place to hike.

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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