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Letchworth State Park Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Letchworth - Lower Falls from Footbridge

Letchworth - Lower Falls from Footbridge

Name: Letchworth State Park
Fee: Park Entrance Fees / Pets: Yes

GPS: Lee’s Landing – N42 35.486 W78 00.601
GPS: #6/#6a – N42 35.277 W78 00.956

Trail Maps:
Letchworth Trail Map

“Letchworth State Park, renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs–as high as 600 feet in some places–surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks and tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hot air ballooning and a pool for swimming. Winter activities include ice skating, snow tubing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and horse-drawn sleigh rides.” — NYS Parks Website

Trail: #1 Gorge – 7 miles – Difficulty: Moderate
Trail: #2 Mary Jamison – 2.5 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #2a Hemlock – 2.5 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #3 Trout Pond – 0.75 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #4 Birch – 0.75 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #5 Lee’s Landing – 1 miles – Difficulty: Easy
Trail: #6 Portage – 0.50 miles – Difficulty: Easy
Trail: #6a Footbridge – 0.50 miles – Difficulty: Moderate
Trail: #7 Genessee Greenway – 5.75 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #8 River Road – 2.75 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #8a Blue Jay – 0.50 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #9 Dishmill Creek – 3 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #10 Big Bend – 2.50 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #10a Trillium – 0.50 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #11 Deer Run – 1.50 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #12 Seneca – 0.75 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #13 St. Helena – 1.25 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #14 Gardeau – 0.50 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
Trail: #22 Sycamore – 0.75 miles – Difficulty: Unknown
* 24 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail is also found in the park.

10/03/2009 (Advgirl, Steven, Lori & Bob, Nancy) – This was our first return to Letchworth in many years.  On this outing, we stayed in a cabin for the weekend and hiked trail #5, Lee’s Landing, trail #11 Deer Run, #6/6a Footbridge Trail and portions of trail #1 Gorge trail.  All of the trails were well maintained but I would classify the footbridge trail as moderate because of the mud in portions of the trail and because of the number of steps you have to climb.  The Lee’s Landing trails also has .15mile stretch that rises 150 foot.  All of the trails offered great views and have various areas where visitors can park and connect to portions of the trail.

#6a Footbridge Trail to Lower Falls

#6a Footbridge Trail to Lower Falls

Letchworth - Lower Falls

Letchworth - Lower Falls

Letchworth - View from Trail #6a

Letchworth - View from Trail #6a

#1 - Trail to Middle Falls

#1 - Trail to Middle Falls

Letchworth - Middle Falls

Letchworth - Middle Falls

Picnic Area by Glen Iris Inn

Picnic Area by Glen Iris Inn

Letchworth - Middle Falls at Night

Letchworth - Middle Falls at Night

Letchworth - Middle Falls at Night

Letchworth - Middle Falls at Night

Middle Falls - Upper Falls in Background

Middle Falls - Upper Falls in Background

Upper Falls - From Trail #1

Upper Falls - From Trail #1

Upper Falls - View from Railroad Tracks Above Falls

Upper Falls - View from Railroad Tracks Above Falls

#11 Deer Run - View from Trail

#11 Deer Run - View from Trail

#11 Deer Run - Trail View

#11 Deer Run - Trail View

#11 Deer Run - Footbridge

#11 Deer Run - Footbridge

#5 Lee's Landing - Trail View

#5 Lee's Landing - Trail View

#5 Lee's Landing - End of Trail

#5 Lee's Landing - End of Trail

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Morgan Hill State Forest Friday, September 11th, 2009
Tinker Falls

Tinker Falls

Name: Morgan Hill State Forest
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

Trail: Tinker Falls Trail (Handicap)
Length: 0.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N42 46.729 W76 02.099 (Tinker Falls Parking Area)

Trail: Fellows Hill Loop
Length: 2.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Morgan Hill Short Loop
Length: 8.0 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Chickadee Hollow Loop
Length: 3.8 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Easy

Trail: Morgan Hill Long Loop
Length: 11.9 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Difficult

Trail: Rowley Hill Loop
Length: 2.3 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Trail: Spruce Shackham Pond Loop
Length: 3.8 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate

Morgan Hill State Forest is a large (5,253 acres) multi-use area with numerous trails in various levels of difficulty.  The webmaster at CNY Hiking has done a great job highlighting several of the trails (with trail maps) so I’ve decided to not duplicate his efforts.  I’ve linked the trails above to his site.  Additionally, this area is a featured hike in William Ehling’s “Fifty Hikes in Central New York”.

Visited:
> 08/11/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook) – We took a preliminary visit to Tinker Falls to see what the trails were like in this area.  The Tinker Falls Trail is a handicap accessible trail that leads to the base of the falls.  A moderate to difficult (based on the weather) trail on the side of the falls allows you to actually walk behind the falls.  On our initial visit the flow was very low over the falls.  I would recommend a visit during the spring for a more dramatic view.  Overall, due to the elevation changes, these trails could be moderate to difficult in areas.  Additional details about the other trails can be viewed from the links above.

Tinker Falls Trail

Tinker Falls Trail

Tinker Falls - Behind Falls Pano

Tinker Falls - Behind Falls Pano

Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Looking Out Behind Tinker Falls - Low Flow

Looking Out Behind Tinker Falls - Low Flow

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