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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

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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

Great Bear Recreational Area Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Great Bear 2009 (4)Name: Great Bear Recreational Area
GPS: N 43 15.949 W 76 21.143

Trail: River’s Landing Loop
Length: 2.30 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Wheel Wash Extension
Length: 2.0 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Whisky Island Trail
Length: 1.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Pump House Loop
Length: 0.90 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Great Bear Springs Loop
Length: 0.60 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Bench Cutoff
Length: 0.50 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Fee: None / Pets: Yes

Trail Maps:
Great Bear Trail Map

Visited:
> 06/28/2009 (Chinook)

All of these trails are well marked and easy to hike.  However, this is the place to get out your mountain bikes.  Watch for the muddy areas on the trail.  Read my blog above to read about a funny little mountain biking story.  A great overall recreational area that’s pet friendly.

> 09/15/2009 (Chinook)

On a beautiful early autumn day, we returned to Great Bear.  Today we started from the parking area and took the utility trail to the Great Bear Springs Loop.  We followed this trail until the intersection with the Pump House Trail.  We followed the Pump House Trail to the Bench Cutoff Trail and then the River’s Landing Loop to reach the Whiskey Island Trail.  We hiked the entire Whiskey Island Trail and exited back to the parking lot using the Wheel Wash Extension.  The entire trip was 4.4 miles.

In general, the trails were all in good shape.  The most notable exception was two segments of the Wheel Wash Extension which put us in mud up to our ankles.  This particular trail allowed us to see several ruins along the way.  Pictures of these can be found on link above (today’s date) to my regular log.

> 10/24/2009 (AdvGirl, Chinook)

Even on a rainy day like today, this was a really nice walk.  Shannon’s first trip and we did a 1.9 mile loop down the utility road to the second yellow trail entrance and back down the red trail.  The trees were shedding leaves all along the way.

Great Bear - River's Landing Loop

Great Bear - River's Landing Loop

Great Bear - Bench Cutoff

Great Bear - Bench Cutoff

Great Bear - Couch Hill

Great Bear - Couch Hill

Great Bear - Upper Quary Road

Great Bear - Upper Quary Road

Great Bear - Quary Base

Great Bear - Quary Base

Great Bear Springs Loop Trail

Great Bear Springs Loop Trail

Whisky Island Trail

Whisky Island Trail

Whisky Island Trail

Whisky Island Trail