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Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area Monday, September 28th, 2009
Happy Valley - Access Road

Happy Valley - Access Road

Name: Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 27.742 W75 57.910 – Park Entrance
GPS: N43 25.980 W75 57.815 – Long Pond

Trail: Ehling Trail
Length: 7.5 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Additional Links:
CNY Hiking.Com Trail Review
DEC – Happy Valley Map

This 8,645 acre area is a great general recreation area.  It’s open all year but camping is by permit only after September 1st.  It’s also rumored to be a hot spot for ghost sightings.  Several access roads allow travel by foot or 4×4 to various sections of the park.

Visits:
09-26-2009 (Advgirl & Chinook) – This was our first visit to the area.  This place is an excellent area to bring your Jeep.  The roads are dirt packed and a little bumpy and wet in areas.  However, if you have a decent 4×4, you can navigate easily around major sections of the park.  We scouted out a couple of camping sites and a couple of trails that we will return to do.  We saw a few campers and ATV riders.

Happy Valley - Beaver Dam Lake

Happy Valley - Long Pond Pano

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Curtiss Gale Wildlife Management Area Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Name: Curtis Gale Wildlife Management Area
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N/A

09/26/2009 – I spent almost an hour looking for a parking area (off of Route 57) or some sort of foot path to hike this area but finally gave up.  If anyone knows of a parking location or trail head from this area, please send me and e-mail or leave a comment on this blog.

—- gmsc

Mexico Point State Park Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
Mexico Pt. State Park - Inn Foundation

Mexico Pt. State Park - Inn Foundation

Name: Mexico Point State Park
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 31.387 W76 15.522

Trail: Roop’s Loop Trail / Length: 0.50 mile (roundtrip)
Trail: Nature Trail / Length: 0.70 mile

Trail Maps:
Mexico Pt State Park Map

This small state park features two short hiking trails, great fishing, and a few historic landmarks.  Although there is a swimming area designated, this is not the park for you if you want to stake out a spot on the sand.  Although bikes are allowed, I don’t really see much opportunity for off road biking as the trails are short and/grown in.

The stone work from the foundations, the Silas Towne monument and Casey’s Cottage are the main draw.  A great place to picnic, fish or view the Lake Ontario sunset.  Mexico Point Boat Launch is right next door and a great place to launch your boat.

Visited:

08/30/2009 – (AdvGirl & Chinook) Mother nature was not very cooperative with us on this visit.  Although we’ve been to this park before and it is the host to several family reunions.  We did only the loop trail on this visit.  You can read CNYHiking.com‘s review for additional information and pictures on the nature trail.  The park is very dog friendly and offers a small “Dog Beach”.  Watch for the snakes among the rocks.

Mexico Pt - Trail 1 Enterance

Mexico Pt - Loop Trail Enterance

Mexico Pt - Trail 1

Mexico Pt - Loop Trail

Mexico Pt - Trail 1 - Silas Towne Memorial

Mexico Pt - Loop Trail - Silas Towne Memorial

Mexico Pt - Dog Beach

Mexico Pt - Dog Beach

Mexico Pt - Casey's Cottage

Mexico Pt - Casey's Cottage