Posts Tagged ‘Ostertag Hikes’

Lakeview Wildlife Management Area Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Lake View Natural Beach

Lake View Natural Beach

Lakeview Wildlife Management Area
Fee: Southwick Beach State Park Entry Fee
Pets: Yes

Parking Area:
N43 45.889 W76 12.882 (Southwick State Park)

Trail Maps:
DEC Map – Lakeview Wildlife Area
Southwick Beach Trail Map

Fishing:  Lakeview Marsh Wildlife Management Area Ponds

Trail: Lakeview Natural Beach Trail
Distance: 6.5 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 45.889 W76 12.882

Trail: Southwick Big Beach Trail
Distance: 0.7 miles (round trip)/ Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Southwick Big Dead Maple Tree Trail
Distance: 0.2 miles (round trip)/ Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Southwick Unnamed Trail
Distance: 1.2 miles (round trip)/ Difficulty: Easy

05/22/2010 (AdvGirl) – This was my initial visit to Southwick Beach, although my wife had been there several times.  Let me tell you, there is a lot of beach here.  Due to the time (and the heat) we opted for the Lakeview Beach trail.  After you move away from the State Park, there is so much beach and not a soul in sight.  The entire walk was on the sand with little to no elevation.  There are two wooden decks — one going to Lakeview Pond and the other, a lookout onto Floodwood Pond — to check out along the way.  As there were a few additional short trails in the area (and a fishing spot I want to try just minutes away from the park) a return trip for additional details will be forthcoming.

Lake Ontario From Lakeview Pond

Lake Ontario From Lakeview Pond

Boardwalk Between Floodwood Pond & Lake View Natural Beach

Boardwalk Between Floodwood Pond & Lake View Natural Beach

Natural Beach - Floodwood Pond Return Point

Natural Beach - Floodwood Pond Return Point

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Taughannock Falls State Park Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Taughannock "Upper Falls" - Gorge Trail

Taughannock Falls State Park
Fee: State Park Fees Apply
Pets: w/Restrictions

Parking Area: N42 32.307 W76 36.514 (Overlook)
Parking Area: N42 32.727 W76 35.969 (South Rim / Gorge)
Parking Area: N42 32.835 W76 35.786 (Picnic / Fishing)

Trail Map: Taughannock.com

Trail: North Rim
Distance: 1.5 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.766 W76 36.030

Trail: South Rim
Distance: 1.125 miles (1-Way) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Gorge Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 32.727 W76 35.969

Trail: Multi-use
Distance: 2.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

05/01/2010 (AdvGirl) – We started this hike on the South Rim trail which is easily seen from the parking area.  Although I indicated “easy” for this hike, the multiple sets of stairs going to the rim can get you winded.  Once we were on the rim, the trail is very easy going from there.  A similar staircase is on the North Rim entrance, which seemed to be a less aggressive incline.  The South Rim connects to the North Rim trail over the upper falls and continues back to the South Rim parking lot.  From the same parking lot you will find the Gorge Trailhead.  This is a very easy paced hike to the lower observation area of the upper falls.  A nice set of easy trails connected to a very nice park filled with amenities.

Taughannock Falls - Lake Side

South Trim Trailhead

More South Rim Stairs ...

More South Rim Stairs ...

North Rim Trail

North Rim Trail

Taughannock Lower Falls - Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail

Gorge Trail View

Taughannock Upper Falls

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Beaver Lake Nature Center Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Lake Loop Trail View

Beaver Lake Nature Center
Fee: $3 per car
Pets: No
Parking Aread: GPS N43 10.827 W76 24.083
Trail Map: BNLC Map

Trail: Lake Loop
Distance: 3.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 10.857 W76 24.116

Trail: Deep Woods
Distance: 1.4 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Woodland
Distance: 1.1 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
N43 10.867 W76 24.128

Trail: Pine Meadow
Distance: .4 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Hemlock Hollow
Distance: .4 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 10.779 W76 24.169

Trail: Blog Trail
Distance: .6 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
N43 10.713 W76 24.238

Trail: Lakeview
Distance: .3 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N43 10.806 W76 24.167

Trail: Three Meadows
Distance: 1.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

03-20-2010 (Advgirl) – This was our first visit to Beaver Lake Nature Center.  Initial observations were that this is a great place for “family” hikes.  There are a lot of small trails and educational activities to keep all ages of the family engaged.  The trails were very well maintained.  On this visit we completed the Lake Loop and Lakeview trails.  There was a little water on the Lake Loop trail but easily passable without getting wet.  However, I could see where this trail could be even further underwater with very wet conditions.  Total hiking distance around 4 miles from car to car.

BLNC - Visitor Center

BLNC – Lakeview Trailhead

BLNC - Lakeview Trail

BLNC - Lake Loop Trailhead

BLNC - Lake Loop Trail

BLNC - Lake Loop Trail - Outlook View

BLNC - Lake Loop Trail - Overlook Observation Deck

BLNC - Lake Loop Lean-to   N43 11.047 W76 24.818

03-11-2010 (Solo) – Return solo visit to see the maple sugar demonstration which was located on the Woodland Trail.  Afterward, I also hit up the Hemlock Hollow and Bog trails. All were short and well maintained.

BLNC - Woodland Trail

 

BLNC - Bog Trail

BLNC - Bog Trail Observation Platform

BLNC - Hemlock Trail