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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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