James E. Heath Park

April 1st, 2012
Heath Park

Heath Park

James E. Heath Park
Fee: None
Pets: Yes (with leash)
Bikes: No

Baltimore Woods – “Know Your City Parks

Points of Interest:
Community Garden: N42 59.396 W76 08.373
Ruins: N42 59.397 W76 08.308
Stone Marker: N42 59.375 W76 08.645

Conifer Parking : N42 59.434 W76 08.389
Roadside parking available for 10-12 vehicles.

x2 to x1 loop
Distance: 1.5 miles / Difficulty: Easy
x1: N42 59.401 W76 08.399
x2: N42 59.374 W76 08.400

(2012-03-30) This loop is a really easy walk.  Starting out at Coldbrook (x2) the trails takes you behind the houses on Richfield Ave and out to Salina Street, where a stone monument commemorates the Iroquois Trail.  You’ll also find an entrance point and benches near Salina Street as well.

Coldbrook - x1 & x2
Coldbrook – x1 & x2
Salina Street Monument

Salina Street Monument

x2 – eot – x4 – x3 – x2b – x2 loop
Distance: 1.0 miles / Difficulty: Moderate
x2: N42 59.374 W76 08.400
eot: N42 59.421 W76 08.102
x4: N42 59.407 W76 08.102
x2b: N42 59.409 W76 08.214

(2012-03-30) I marked this upper trail moderate simply because of the crumbling trail face and its incline.  The trace back (end of trail) point is located at the fence near I-81.  Along the trail you can see the remains of a building foundation and access to a community garden.  Additional details are included in the resource link above.

Community Garden

Community Garden

Trail - x2 to x4

Trail - x2 to x4

Trail - x4 to x3

Trail - x4 to x3


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.

South Meadows Nature Area

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