Rand Tract Recreational Area

March 26th, 2012

Rand Tract

Rand Tract, Webster Pond, Hopper’s Woods
Fee: None
Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily
Pets: Yes (except Webster Pond)
Bikes: No

Essay – Ephraim Webster

Webster Pond
Parking Area: GPS N42 59.745 W76 09.184
Parking Spaces: About 25
Archery Range: GPS N42 59.764 W76 09.261
Body of Water: Kimber Brook
Fishing: (Junior) Fees and Regulations
Fishing: (Adults) Fees and Regulations
Fish Species: Trout (Rainbow, Brook, Brown)
Bass (Black, Sm. Mouth) – Stocked & Native

Webster Pond – Panoramic Image

Webster Pond – Anglers Association of Onondaga office

Webster Pond – Fowl

Webster Pond – Archery Area

Webster Pond – Willow

Webster Pond / Rand Tract Access Trail
Distance: 0.29 miles (1way) / Difficulty: Easy
Trail Entrance: N42 59.657 W76 09.254

Webster Pond – Rand Tract Access Trail

Rand Tract Entrances
Main Trail: N42 59.486 W76 09.415
Cemetery Entry 1: N42 59.465 W76 09.403
Cemetery Entry 2: N42 59.316 W76 09.529
Merritt Entry: N42 59.933 W76 09.636
Hopper Parking/Entry: N42 59.827 W76 09.578
Parking Spaces: About 2 cars and available street parking

Rand Tract – X01 to X02
Distance: 0.12 miles / Difficulty: Easy
X01: N42 59.483 W76 09.447

Rand Tract – X01 to X03
Distance: 0.51 miles / Difficulty: Easy
X03: N42 59.558 W76 09.612

Rand Tract – X03 to X04
Distance: 0.19 miles / Difficulty: Easy
X04: N42 59.718 W76 09.663

Rand Tract – X04 to X05
Distance: 0.13 miles / Difficulty: Moderate
X05: N42 59.622 W76 09.734

Rand Tract – X05 Upper Trail

Rand Tract – X05 to X06
Distance: 0.39 miles / Difficulty: Easy
X06: N42 59.291 W76 09.648

Rand Tract – Middle Falls

Rand Tract – X05 to X09
Distance: 0.1 miles / Difficulty: Moderate
X09: N42 59.648 W76 09.813
* This stretch is well groomed but elevates 120′ in .1 mile.

Rand Tract – X06 to X07
Distance: 0.17 miles / Difficulty: Easy
X07: N42 59.292 W76 09.542

Rand Tract – Teepee

Rand Tract – X07 to X08
Distance: 0.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy
X08: N42 59.432 W76 09.522

Rand Tract – X08 & X01

Rand Tract – X09 to Upper Falls
Distance: 0.41 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Upper Falls: N42 59.429 W76 09.778

03-24/26-2012 (Solo) – This is my initial visit to the Tract.  The trails are easily seen and there are markings on trees along the trail.  However, I couldn’t find an “official” trail map to date.  For this reason, I’ve attached the trails I’ve walked.

For the most part, all of the trails are easy walking.  Because of the steep incline, I rated crossing 4 to crossing 5 as moderate.  It’s also worth noting that crossing 5 to crossing 6 are high and there are some steep drop offs where the trail comes close to the edge.  It is also immediately apparent that there is a lot of “dead” wood and on windy days, watch for falling debris.

03-30-2012 (Solo) – Today I entered at the Hopper Road entrance.  There is room for two cars at the end of the road.  Any remaining parking has to be along the street.  The objective today was to hike the portion of the upper from X05 to X09 and onto the upper falls.

X05 to X09 is only a tenth of mile, but its at a 35% grade so I marked it as a moderate stretch.  It appears that once you’ve reached the stone wall at X09 you’ve reached the end of trail.  I saw posted signs at the fence line so I’m not if there is a path the continues to travel north along the fence.

The remaining hike from X09 to the upper falls is easy.  I turned around at that point and headed back.  However, it appears that you can fall the brook to the lower falls and connect with X05.


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6 Responses to “Rand Tract Recreational Area”

  1. F Brown says:

    The parking on the end of the street blocks a driveway and you will be tcketed or towed .

  2. Laura G says:

    Thanks so much for your trail maps. I am not a hiker but was looking for something to do with my teen boys. This was a beautiful hike and I was surprised that the falls were still running this time of year. We ran into some new looking posted signs between x06 & x07 that I assume were meant for an old building foundation at that point because we were definitely on the trail back to the cemetery. We didn’t get lost or go in circles and the kids are looking forward to hiking this area again.

  3. Joe s says:

    They guy that lives on the end on the right is a jerk. Yelled at us for parking on public road. Was enough room to back a bus out of his driveway, weren’t blocking anything

  4. Dan Shanahan says:

    I manage the website for the local Iroquois Group of the Sierra Club I was wondering if we can have permission to use one of these images of the Rand Tract on our website.

    I would like to use this image:

    I’d like to use the image in a post about an outing the Iroquois Group is planning on February 7. The post will appear on our home page & be stored in our outdoor programs archive, and will be scaled to 200px high. We typically credit images with the photographer’s name and a link to the source, or however we are instructed.


  5. Gary says:

    Yes you may. Thanks for asking.
    —- gmsc

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