Posts Tagged ‘Ostertag Hikes’

Inman Gulf Hiking & Nature Trails Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Inman Gulf - Rainbow Falls

Inman Gulf - Rainbow Falls

Name: Inman Gulf Hiking & Nature Trails
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 49.382 W75 49.927 (Gulf Trailhead)
GPS: N43 50.369 W75 52.649 (Oak Rim Trailhead)

Trail: Oak Rim Trail / Length: 1.90 miles
Trail: John Young Nature Trail / Length: 1.70 miles
Trail: Inman Gulf Trail / Length: 1.70 miles

Trail: Home Run Trail / Length: 1.0 mile
Trail: Snowbird Loop / Length: 1.7 miles
Trail: Electric Lo0p / Length: 2.2 miles
Trail: Zig Zag Trail / Length: 1.8 miles
Trail: White Way / Length: 1.8 miles
Trail: Linkup / Length: 2.5 miles
Trail: Explorer / Length: 1.6 miles

Trail Maps:
Barnes Corners Ski Trails
Inman Gulf Trail Map

The Inman Gulf Trails are located in the Norther Tug Hill Plateau in the Tug Hill State Forest.  Williams (Truck Trail) Road basically divides the area in two portions with unique trails on both sides.  The gorge is on the north side of the Williams Road and features Cascade and Rainbow Falls.  The entire area has several different levels of hiking or skiing so be sure to check the DEC site for regulations.

Visited:

08/27/2009 – (solo) I started the hike at the Inman Gulf Trailhead.  There is a parking area large enough for two vehicles right there.  The initial trail starting off (and coming out at the Oak Rim trail) are both a little tricky due to summer growth.  Once on the trail, however, everything is pretty well marked and maintained.  In addition to the colored trails markers, there are also skiing trail markers throughout.

The Inman Gulf Trail is where Rainbow Falls can be viewed.  Unfortunately the trail doesn’t go to the base of the falls and there is a lot of tree growth but you do manager a few nice views along the trail.  There are benches at various scenic stops along the way.  I continued on to the John Young Nature Trail and through to the Oak Rim Trail.  The John Young section was nice because of the additional postings on various information about the trails and the plant life along them.  The Oak Rim Trail is the roughest of the three.  It comes close to the edge in several spots and eventually moves away from the gorge.  This section had sections of heavy growth and a few muddy sections.

Instead of returning the same way I came when reaching the end of Oak Rim Trail, I opted to hike back down Williams Road.  This dirt road offered some nice views and also allowed me to see the other parking areas and trailheads on the opposite side of the road.  My total hike was a little over 10 miles (as I also did some geocaching and a little exploring) but sticking to the trails, this route could be done in about 7.3 miles.

Inman Gulf Glide - Trail

Inman Gulf Glide - Trail

Inman Gulf Glide - Rainbow Falls

Inman Gulf Glide - Rainbow Falls

John Young Nature Trail

John Young Nature Trail

John Young Nature Trail - Picnic Area

John Young Nature Trail - Picnic Area

Oak Rim Trail

Oak Rim Trail

Oak Rim Trail / Joe's Ridge Trail

Oak Rim Trail / Joe's Ridge Trail

Oak Rim Trail - View

Oak Rim Trail - View

Williams Road - View

Williams Road - View

Williams Road - View

Williams Road - View

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Buttermilk Falls State Park Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

Name: Buttermilk Falls State Park

Trail: Gorge-Rim Loop
Length: 1.7 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Bear Trail – Treman Lake Loop
Length: 3.5 miles (round trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Larch Meadows Trail
Length: 1.0 mile (round trip) / Difficulty: Easty

Fee: State Park Fee
Pets: Yes

GPS: N 42 24.983 W 76 31.253

Trail Maps:
Buttermilk Falls Park Map
Buttermilk Falls Camping Map

Visited:
> 07/10/2004 (AdvGirl & Chinook)

Buttermilk Falls is one of the most scenic state parks in New York.  In particular, the Gorge Trail is beautiful from the base to the West King Ridge bridge.  The trail is easy, however its all up and sections of the trail are wet and slick from time to time. I believe the incline is about 500′ over a 3/4mile section — most of which is stairs.

The Larch Meadows Trail, which was once home to a Sapony Indian Village of log cabins, is also well marked.  This footpath is also prone to wet areas and with most wet area trails, bring your insect repellent.  This is a unique habitat for plants and wildlife.  The loop starts and ends by the ballfield.

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail View

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail View

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge/Rim Trail Bridge

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge/Rim Trail Bridge

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail

Buttermilk Falls - Gorge Trail

Buttermilk Falls - Pinnacle Rock

Buttermilk Falls - Pinnacle Rock

Buttermilk Falls - West King Road Bridge

Buttermilk Falls - West King Road Bridge

Old Erie Canal Trail Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Ryder Park Trail

Ryder Park Trail

Name: Old Erie Canal Trail
Fee: Free
Pets: Yes

GPS: N 43 02.854 W 76 02.909

Trail: Old Erie Canal Trail
Length: 36 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail Maps:
Old Erie Canal Map
Inn to Inn – East Syracuse to Little Falls

Resources:
Erie Canalway: National Heritage Corridor
New York State Canalway Trails
The Erie Canal

Visited:
> 05/24/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook)

Old Erie Canal Trail is a portion of the National Heritage Corridor.  It’s a 36 mile trail that runs from DeWitt (East Syracuse) to Rome.  The trails are ideal for biking and hiking — stone dust and gravel.  I’m still working on several segments of the trail.

Ryder Park - Old Erie Canal Trail

Ryder Park - Old Erie Canal Trail

Ryder Pond

Ryder Pond

Old Erie Canal Trail - Cedar Bay

Old Erie Canal Trail - Cedar Bay

Old Erie Canal - Cedar Bay

Old Erie Canal - Cedar Bay

Old Erie Canal Trail - DeWitt

Old Erie Canal Trail - DeWitt