Hike in Sprague Brook Park – Erie County

  • July 27, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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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.

This hike will go from the x-country ski hut to the point where the snowmobile trail exits the woods near the point where the park road bridge crosses over the Sprague Brook, a total of 6 miles. I prefer to park a car or two at the exit point and drive the 1 mile back to the ski hut because I am not a fan of road walking. Those wanting the extra mile of hiking can either do the road walk or explore the trails on the other side of Footes Road after returning to the ski hut (which is something I might do myself.)

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 the G4Map – trail in orange, road walk in auqua

Link to the Elevation Profile

This is a link to a park map that shows the location of campsite 123 which I'm trying to reserve and the location of the Ski Lodge, where we will start the hike.  Marked Park Map

I'm planning on renting a campsite in the upper camping area near the trail extension (same place as last year) for Friday and Saturday night.  Let me know if you want to join me – At each campsite we can have two cars, two tents (my hammock counts as one tent) and 8 campers (but 4 is probably all we would want per site -  8 per site would be way too many).

If the site I am trying to rent is open, then it is likely that several of the adjacent sites will also be available if more people want to camp.  Price is $15/night - check out time is 11 am so if you stay just Friday night you'll need to check out before the hike.  That’s why I’m renting for Saturday night in addition to Friday night - so even if I don’t stay Saturday night due to weather at least I can leave as late and I want on Saturday evening.

If site 123 is not open then I will probably not camp.  If I stay over Saturday night I’ll probably do some bass fishing in the lake – if you plan on fishing you will need a New York State fishing license.

Site 123 was available so I reserved it for Friday and Saturday night.  I was told that the camp sites in the vicinity are currently available (sites 120, 118, 116, and 114 are the next adjacent sites.) You can call [masked] to make a reservation.

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  • Gary

    Good hike made great by the company. Thanks to all who attended.

    July 27, 2013

  • Angie K.

    The hike was well worth the longer drive for me. Nice to spend the day with my hiking buddies and meet new people. Thanks, Gary, for a great choice in a hiking venue.

    July 27, 2013

  • Penny S.

    It was a great hike with a great group of people.

    July 27, 2013

  • Maura

    Great hike, enjoyed the company!

    July 27, 2013

  • Dave J.

    Another great hike nice to see everyone again. Thanks again Gary

    July 27, 2013

  • Dave J.

    The hike was great.

    July 27, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Another great day in the woods; good to see new and familiar faces. Thanks Gary once again

    July 27, 2013

  • Karen P (Twin 2.

    This was a great hike through a picturesque park. It's always a fun time, and we barely even got wet! I enjoyed the company of known hiking friends, and meeting some new hiking friends. Thanks, Gary...and everyone else who helped lead the way!

    July 27, 2013

  • Gary

    If I can get a ride from my campsite to the trailhead then I'll leave my van at the campsite in case anyone needs to bail out at the 5 mile mark (including me) When we reach the end of the woods at the park road (at the 6 mile mark) we have several options, as shown on this map: http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=http://www.wnytrails.com/SpragueBrook/2013-planned-hike.-alternatives.kml

    We can leave a car near the exit and drive back to the ski hut.

    We can take the park road back to the ski hut, the aqua trail on the map – about 1 mile.

    We can return to my campsite using the snowmobile trail, shown as the yellow trail on the map – about 1 mile.

    We can take the ridge Trail until it emerges back to the road (the purple trail on the map – about 1.6 miles long), then either A. take a parked car back to the ski hut or B. follow the road back, although a portion might go through the woods, as depicted by the dark blueline – about .75 miles.

    July 25, 2013

    • Gary

      Good

      July 26, 2013

    • Gary

      Keb the hike strts at 9 can you get here at 8:30?

      July 26, 2013

  • Anne M

    I so would of camped if I was going. Have a busy weekend a bit closer to home!! Next time I hope!!

    July 25, 2013

  • Penny S.

    do you do the hike in the rain?

    July 24, 2013

    • Gary

      Yes, lots of people don't like to hike in the rain and will cancel if the weather is predicting rain. but on every hike everyone should always be prepared to sped an unexpected night ion the woods, and that includes having some sort of protection from wet conditions, even if it is just an 88 cent walmart poncho.

      July 24, 2013

    • Penny S.

      lol already have that thank you

      July 24, 2013

  • Gary

    Because the Sprague Brook trail is a hiking-biking trail, it is important that everyone on the hike know and abide by safety rules for encounters with bikers.

    I used to yield to bikers but an accidental death early this month from a collision of a hiker and a biker on the Lake Arlington trail near Chicago has given rise to a fair amount of discussion in the Guide community, and has convinced me to follow the establish trail rule.

    On all hikes I lead we will follow the "bikers-yield-to-hikers" rule that applies to most multiple use trails in New York State. The reason for that rule is purely safety. The chance that a moving hiker will lose control of his body and crash into a group of stopped bikers is a lot less than the chance that a moving biker will lose control of his bike and crash into a group of stopped hikers. Thus, we will not step off the trail for bikers unless necessary to avoid a biker who is intentionally violating the rule. Waiving a biker on is prohibited.

    July 24, 2013

  • Rebecca

    My sister has all positive things to say about this park. She has many fond memories of taking her kids there when they were young. She may join us if that's ok?? Gary-- would she need a waiver too?

    July 22, 2013

    • Gary

      yes, she needs to send me a waiver, or put her name on your waiver - and then change your rsvp to include a guest

      July 22, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Ok, she changed her mind-- says she has too much to do. Thanks anyway

      July 24, 2013

  • Karen P (Twin 2.

    Where, exactly, are we meeting? Is it at the coordinates of the map above?

    July 21, 2013

  • Peggy N.

    Sorry - can't make this one!

    July 22, 2013

  • Penny S.

    is this a good hike for a novice who hasnt hiked in years ?

    July 22, 2013

    • Penny S.

      thank you for getting back to me I would like to try it.

      July 22, 2013

    • Gary

      email a completed waiver to me and then change your rsvp to attending

      July 22, 2013

  • william

    Just purchased a compass and jet scream whistle. Tough starting for scratch but then another thing we have all shard in common

    July 21, 2013

    • Gary

      Now its time to get on the trail. This hike is all trails and is a good starter hike.

      July 22, 2013

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