Note: If you put your name on the waiting list then you will get an email inviting you to decide whether or not you are going to join in this hike a few days before the hike. The first 12 people who respond to that email will be listed as participants in the hike. Those who don't respond to the email will remain on the waiting list which will then operate as a normal waiting list.
I go on these hikes whether or not anyone else joins in, but I need to know if others are joining as I will wait at the trailhead for late arriving participants.
The WNYMBA recently completed a single track hiking-biking trail that is an extension off the Ridge Run Trail. The new trail uses a portion of the old abandoned trail that a group of us used on our hike from the Summit area to Thunder Rocks (a hike I intend to repeat in the near future.)
This hike will follow the Ridge Run Trail until the beginning of the new hiking-biking single track trail. We then follow the new trail until it returns to the Ridge Run Trail. We have the option of continuing down the Ridge Run trail to the new Bova Leanto, then follow the Patterson trail back to the cars for a total of 9 miles, or instead, return on the Ridge Run trail to the parking lot, a total of about 7 miles. If it is an unusually cool mid-July day we will take the longer route. But if it is a hot day as expected, we will take the shorter route.
The trail drops from 2400 feet to 1800 feet and back to 2400 feet so there will be significant elevation gain and loss over the course of the trail. Nothing steep.
All trails, no bushwhacking. In fact, the Ridge Run trail is a wide cross country ski trail, more like a narrow forest road in the summer (the WNYBA drove ATV vehicles on the Ridge Run trail to get to the beginning off the new trail when they constructed it this spring.) I’m assuming the new trail is a narrow single track trail much like the trails in Sprague Brook Park. It should, however, be cleared of vegetation.
This hike is good for dogs BUT if you want to bring a dog you must individually check with the park police. The park rules state that dogs are prohibited on the trails in the Summit area. However, there is a relatively new sign at the start of the Summit trails stating that dogs are prohibited from November to April, leaving the impression that dogs are allowed from May through October. One park police officer told me the park rules control, another said the sign was controlling. I am not rendering an opinion on the issue so you have to check for yourself.
A waiver of liability will be required. You can download it, sign it, then scan and return it to me by email, fax, or bring a signed copy with you to the hike. (Send me an email through the meetup system and request either the email address for a scanned copy or the fax number for a fax copy.) Here is the link to the release form: Release of Liability
Link to G4Map showing entire Ridge Run Trail in white and the new bike track in Red
Link to elevation profile of Ridge Run Trail
Link to elevation profile of new bike Single Track