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Sterling Nature Center Sunday, July 11th, 2010
Sterling Nature Center - Heron Trail

Sterling Nature Center - Heron Trail

Sterling Nature Center
15730 Jensvold Road
Sterling, NY 13156
Phone: (315) 947-6143

Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Parking Areas:
N43 22.665 W76 39.457 – (Parking / Trail #3)

Trail Map: Sterling Nature Center
Fishing:  Little Sodus Bay

07/10/2010 (AdvGirl) – This is really an outstanding mid-summer day trip.  The nature trails are well maintained.  The rookery is awesome but there is a lot of other wildlife in the area as well.  McIntyre’s Bluff is located down the lake shore line, follow trail #3 to the lake and then about .25 miles via the rocky shoreline.  We did trails #3, #6, #8 and HBF #1 at a very easy pace and enjoyed the seclusion of the beach on an 85 degree day.

07/17/2010 (AdvGirl) – Our second visit to the center.  We did trails #2, #3, #4, #5, and #9, totaling 4.2 miles.  These trails were a little more challenging with temperatures pushing over 90 degrees.  Trail #4 in particular had a couple of points that were muddy or under water.  This was the only one of the trails that I would consider “buggy”.  The swim in Lake Ontario was revitalizing after this one!

Trail:  McIntyre’s Bluff (HBF #1)
Distance: 0.45 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Sterling Nature Center - McIntyre's Bluff

Sterling Nature Center - McIntyre's Bluff

Trail: Bluff Trail (#2 – Blue Markers)
Distance 1.0 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 22.896 W76 39.303 – Intersection of trails #2/#9

Bluff Trail - #2

Bluff Trail - #2

Bluff Trail - #2 - View 2

Bluff Trail - #2 - View 2

Trail: Dogwood Extension (#9)
Distance: 1.1 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 23.161 W76 39.098 – Intersection of trails #2 /#9
N43 23.186 W76 38.588 – Traceback Pt. / Parking

Dogwood Extension - #9

Dogwood Extension - #9

Trail: Forest Ecology Trail (#7)
Distance: 0.6 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Heron Trail (#6)
Distance: 0.8 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 22.743 W76 39.501 – Intersection of trails #6/#8
N43 22.854 W76 39.095 – Rookery

Sterling Nature Center - Rooker (Trail #6)

Sterling Nature Center - Rooker (Trail #6)

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

Sterling Nature Center - Dragonfly Pond

Sterling Nature Center - Dragonfly Pond

Trail: Lake Trail (#3)
Distance: 0.2 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Trail #3 / Lake Ontario Intersection

Trail #3 / Lake Ontario Intersection

Trail: Lake View (#8)
Distance: 0.4 miles / Difficulty: Easy

Sterling Nature Center - Trail #8

Sterling Nature Center - Trail #8

Trail #8 Observation Deck

Trail #8 Observation Deck

Trail: Two Tale Trail (#5 – White Markers)
Distance: 0,8 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 23.048 W76 38.652 – Trail head

Two-Tail Trail - #5

Two-Tail Trail - #5

Trail: Vernal Pool Trail (#4 – Red Markers)
Distance: 0.7 miles / Difficulty: Easy
N43 23.171 W76 38.691 – Trail head #4/#9

Vernal Pool Trail - #4

Vernal Pool Trail - #4

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Alt View

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Alt View

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Flooding

Vernal Pool Trail - #4 Flooding

Trail: Wetland Loop (#1)
Distance: 3.5 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Note:  Currently under construction

“Located on the shore of Lake Ontario, where 1400 acres of wetlands, woodlands and meadows are bordered by two miles of undeveloped lakeshore with Sterling Creek to the South and Nine Mile Creek to the North.  Ecologically sensitive areas are protected with a conversation easement.

The center was established by Cayuga County in 1997 to mange the natural resources and foster and understanding and appreciation for the natural environment through guided and unguided nature study and interpretive programs.”

— Cayuga County Parks & Trails



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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

Salmon River Falls Unique Area Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls View

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls View

Name: Salmon River Falls Unique Area
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes (but not advised)

GPS: N43 32.942 W75 56.649 (Parking)

Trail: Riverbed Trail
Length: 0.75 miles (Round Trip to Parking Area) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N 43 32.885 W 75 56.377

Trail: Gorge Trail
Length: 0.50 miles (Round Trip to Parking Area) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N 43 32.941 W 75 56.504

Trail: Upper Falls Trail
Length: 2.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N 43 32.885 W 75 56.377

Trail Maps:
Salmon River Falls Area Map
Salmon Falls Primitive Camping

Additional Links:
Salmon River – TTT Summary

Visited:
> 08/15/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook)
> 08/19/2009 (Solo)

08/19/2009 – I started at the parking area, hiked down and back up the Gorge Trail, down and back the Riverbed Trail and down and back the Upper Falls Trail for a total distance of around 3.00 miles.  Unlike years ago, there is no longer swimming allowed in the plunge pool but you can find a few holes on the Riverbed Trail to get into the water and cool off.  This entire area has been improved, especially the Gorge Trail, over the years and is a great place for a hike.

The Gorge Trail – This trail is very easy to navigate and is only 0.25 mile round trip from top to bottom and back again.  For the most part it is two rustic stone staircases.  The stepping stones are not even and can be slick.  I made the descent easily in sandals but hiking shoes may be more appropriate (especially if you intend to do the Upper Falls Trail).  Note: This trail is closed November to May unless you are a register ice climber.  Check out JimtheLawyer’s photos of his climb.

The Riverbed Trail – This is a short 66′ section that starts at the top of the falls.  It offers a great view of the falls from on high as well a place to put your feet in the water.  The trail sign indicates that the rocks are slick and it’s not exaggerating.  There is also no restraining ways from keeping you from going over the falls but with a little caution and common sense you can look right down into the plunge pool below.

The Upper Falls Trail – This is about a 1 mile trail that starts at the stairs that descend to the Riverbed Trail.  It’s indicated as “not maintained” which is quickly evident by the number of trees you’ll soon be jumping over and scooting under.  Sections of the trail are muddy, especially in wet conditions and due to the fact that the trail travels close to the water in sections, high dam releases from the dam require some caution and common sense.  The trail ends at the Salmon River Reservoir Dam which offers some great views in and of itself.

Salmon River Falls - Trail Entrance

Salmon River Falls - Trail Entrance

Salmon River Falls - Entrance Trail

Salmon River Falls - Entrance Trail

Salmon River Falls - Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Gorge Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Upper Gorge Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge View

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge View

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail View

Salmon River Falls - End of Upper Trail

Salmon River Falls - End of Upper Trail

Salmon River Falls - Dam Bridge

Salmon River Falls - Dam Bridge

Salmon River Falls - Dam from Below Bridge

Salmon River Falls - Dam from Below Bridge

Salmon River Falls - From Bridge toward Falls

Salmon River Falls - From Bridge toward Falls