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Morgan Hill State Forest Friday, September 11th, 2009
Tinker Falls

Tinker Falls

Name: Morgan Hill State Forest
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Trail: Tinker Falls Trail (Handicap)
Length: 0.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 46.729 W76 02.099 (Tinker Falls Parking Area)

Trail: Fellows Hill Loop
Length: 2.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Morgan Hill Short Loop
Length: 8.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Chickadee Hollow Loop
Length: 3.8 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Morgan Hill Long Loop
Length: 11.9 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Difficult

Trail: Rowley Hill Loop
Length: 2.3 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Spruce Shackham Pond Loop
Length: 3.8 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Morgan Hill State Forest is a large (5,253 acres) multi-use area with numerous trails in various levels of difficulty.  The webmaster at CNY Hiking has done a great job highlighting several of the trails (with trail maps) so I’ve decided to not duplicate his efforts.  I’ve linked the trails above to his site.  Additionally, this area is a featured hike in William Ehling’s “Fifty Hikes in Central New York”.

Visited:
> 08/11/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook) – We took a preliminary visit to Tinker Falls to see what the trails were like in this area.  The Tinker Falls Trail is a handicap accessible trail that leads to the base of the falls.  A moderate to difficult (based on the weather) trail on the side of the falls allows you to actually walk behind the falls.  On our initial visit the flow was very low over the falls.  I would recommend a visit during the spring for a more dramatic view.  Overall, due to the elevation changes, these trails could be moderate to difficult in areas.  Additional details about the other trails can be viewed from the links above.

Tinker Falls Trail

Tinker Falls Trail

Tinker Falls - Behind Falls Pano

Tinker Falls - Behind Falls Pano

Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Looking Out Behind Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Looking Out Behind Tinker Falls - Low Flow

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Chateaugay State Forest Saturday, August 15th, 2009
Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Name: Chateaugay State Forest
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 34.698 W75 57.707 (Beecherville Parking)

Trail 1: Length: 1.90 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 2: Length: 0.80 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 3: Length: 0.40 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 4: Length: 0.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 5: Length: 0.50 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 6: Length: 0.40 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 7: Length: 0.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail A/B: Length: 0.30 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail B/C: Length: 0.60 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail C/D: Length: 0.50 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail D/B: Length: 2.20 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

* Don’t let the trail lengths above discourage you.  When you look at the trail map you’ll see there are multiple combinations that can be put together for longer hikes.

Trail Map: Chateaugay State Forest Trail Map, Chateaugay Area Map

Visited:
> 08/15/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook)

Chateaugay State Forest is unique for hiking due to the pines and stone foundations throughout the trails.  As I’ve read, the area was once farmlands and these stone fences are remnants of that time.  All the trails are well marked, at least the numbered trails are.  The lettered trails are noted as currently not being maintained and on our initial visit, we didn’t hike any of them. In addition, some trails are referred to by names such as “The Turkey Trail”, “Keebler Trail”, “Elf Trail” and the “Old Hobbit Trail”.  I would suggest using the trail numbers as this is how they’re currently marked.

For the most part, the numbered trails are dry and easily hiked.  Trail #1, and especially Trail #2, had sections that were were muddy and in some places water had washed out the trail.  I suggest hiking boots if you intend to walk either of these two.  Our visit in August was pretty buggy when the trails left the pines so I’d also be prepared for that.

08-15-2009 Hike – We started at the trail head on Beecherville Road, went north on Trail #5, west on Trail #4 and north on Trail #1 until in intersected with Trail #2.  For the return loop we took Trail #2 southeast until the intersection of Beecherville Road and west to parking area.  The entire trip was 2.9 miles.

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 (East)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 (East)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 (Orwell Brook)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 (Orwell Brook)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 3

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 3

Heiberg Memorial Forest Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
Heiberg - Parking Area Trail

Maple Ridge Road Lower Parking Area Trail

Name: Heiberg Memorial Forest
Fee: Free
Pets: Yes

GPS: N42 45.661 W76 04.956
(Maple Ridge Rd. Lower Parking Area)
GPS: N42 46.004 W76 04.737
(Maple Ridge Rd. / Yellow Trail Intersection)
GPS: N42 46.797 W76 05.002
(Truxton Road Parking Area)

Trail: Maple Ridge Lwr to Pond 1
Length: 1.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Maple Ridge Lwr to Cache GCGKE8
Length: 2.75 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N42 45.792 W76 04.358 – Geocache – GCGKE8

Trail: Maple Ridge Lwr to Tully Truxton Road
Length: 2.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Truxton Hill Loop
Length: 3.75 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Heiberg Nature Trail – Heiberg Forest – Nature Trail and Upper Trail Map
Length: 0.75 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 46.636 W76 05.150 – Trail Head & Parking

Trail: Heiberg Upper Trail – Heiberg Forest – Nature Trail and Upper Trail Map
Length: 1.25 miles (Round Trip to Truxton Rd. Parking Area) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 46.864 W76 05.166 – Trail Head

* It’s been indicated that there are over 20 miles of trails and to do date I have not come across a trail map of the entire area.

Visited:
> 08/11/2009 (Chinook)

This area is owned by the SUNY ESF.  However, they allow its use to the general public.  The 3,780 acre area on top of Tuxton Hill is full of trails for exploration.  From the information that I’ve gathered, this area was first settled in the early 1700’s for farmland but turned into a lumbering community around 1845 due to the acidic soil.  I found this ironic as there was a rather large farm directly across from the trail head.

The insects can be heavy at times so come prepared.  The trails often get muddy in low spots, so hiking boots are also recommended.

> 09/18/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook) – On this beautiful late summer day, we returned to Heiberg to do two new trails — the Upper Trail and the Nature Trail.  The Upper Trail was all rough mowed grass.  Rough mowed in that there were several branches protruding up.  Still easily walked.  The view from the high points of this trail were very nice.

The Nature Trail was the best of the trails I’d hiked so far.  It offered a variety of interesting growth.  Throughout the trail are numbered markers and various posts pointing out a variety of trees.  One of the walking bridges was out at the trailhead, but was not a problem walking over to get back on the trail.  There was also a series of three geocaches along the trail.  A very nice hike for Chinook.  There was also a nice variety of mushrooms along the trail.

Heiberg Forest - Pond 1

Heiberg Forest - Pond 1

Heiberg Forest - Yellow Trail Segment

Heiberg Forest - Yellow Trail Segment

Heiberg Forest - Outlook View

Heiberg Forest - Outlook View

Heiberg Forest - Upper Trail

Heiberg Forest - Upper Trail

Heiberg Forest - Upper Trail

Heiberg Forest - Upper Trail

Heiberg Forest - Upper Trail

Heiberg Forest - Upper Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail

Heiberg Forest - Nature Trail