Franklin Gulf Park with Foothills Trail Club

  • October 5, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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On Saturday October 5, 2013 I'll be leading a hike for the Foothills Trail Club. It will be about 6 miles and will include a bushwhack along the south ridge of the Gulf.

You can join the hike even if you are not a member of the Foothills Trail Club, but I encourage everyone to join the Foothills Trail Club because it maintains the Conservation Trail from Niagara Falls to its junction with the Finger Lakes Trail, and then the FLT/NCT to the PA line. Thus, the Foothills Trail Club is responsible for many of the trails we hike.

For $22/yr (individual) or $30/yr (family) you help keep the trails in existence and usable. Even better, join the Foothills Trail Club and become involved in its many trail activities.

Link to Foothills Trail club membership page

Meet at the parking lot on Larkin Road at the border of Eden and North Collins. Directions: take the Thruway to Exit 57. Turn left onto Camp Road. Turn right onto Route 62. In about 6 miles turn left onto Sandrock Road. In about 1.7 miles turn left onto Larkin Road. The parking lot will be on the right.


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  • Karen P (Twin 2.

    This was an awesome hike! It was my first time in this park, and it was so beautiful. The weather was gorgeous...not a drop of rain. The sun was quite warm when we came out of the forest and into any openings. The creek was dry where we crossed so I never had to use my water shoes. We had a nice lunch, (complete with wine - thanks Mike!) at a Ukrainian summer camp. Thanks to the fluorescent, running man who tipped us off to that spot. :) We also had the privilege of meeting a fellow BOMer who has been instrumental in keeping the trails well marked. Hope he actually joins us on a hike soon! We had a wonderful group of hikers, some friends I already knew, and some friends that I made today. I love meeting all of the new members! Thanks to Mike and Maryann for not canceling this meetup. We all worked together and found our way back!

    1 · October 5, 2013

    • Karen S

      We were thinking of you earlier during the many, many downpours! I wondered if you were going to be in Allegany today. The colors are perfect. You've got my number to call us anytime you want a little nature...c'mon down!

      1 · October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We cancelled the hike today.. :( It looked like it was going to be raining down in Allegheny.. Thanks for the offer.. I would love to come down there.. Please let me know if you have something fun happening :)

      October 6, 2013

  • Angie K.

    Thanks for the photos. Looks like it was a great hike. So sorry I was unable to be there.

    October 6, 2013

  • Karen S

    We had a great time making friends on a lovely day in a beautiful area.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Gary

    Great pictures! Looks like you all had a fantastic time. Thanks to Mike and Marry Ann

    2 · October 5, 2013

  • mike D.

    Just finished hike at 1:45. 7.1 miles no mud or flowing creeks to cross

    2 · October 5, 2013

  • Rich M.

    Sorry I'm missing the hike. Franklin Gulf is one of my favorite haunts. (especially in the winter) Hopefully, the incline down to the confluence wasn't a mud slide and the creeks were navigable. Hopefully we'll be able to do this hike again.

    October 5, 2013

    • mike D.

      Not at all its a great hike

      October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry I am running a little late. Approximately 10 min.

    October 5, 2013

  • mike D.

    It is beautiful here

    1 · October 5, 2013

  • Karen Mol (Twin 1.

    it is raining here in the Village of Hamburg and it was supposed to be nice. I am cancelling out - can't take the chance of slipping and hurting something in the mud. Have fun and stay safe!!!

    October 5, 2013

    • Karen S

      you are right mary ann g ...see you soon. thanks for not cancelling.

      October 5, 2013

  • Peggy N.

    Sorry, but given the current forecast of rain and the fact that I left my rain gear at a friends out of town, I am going to bow out this time. Good luck!

    October 5, 2013

    • Karen S

      i have an extra poncho if you would like to attend. it's completely quiet down this way with a minimal chance of rain.

      1 · October 5, 2013

  • Mary Ann G

    Right now its pouring and lightning. 0% chance of rain supposedly in forecast for N Collins.....Need some feedback, what is it doing everywhere else?????

    October 5, 2013

  • Karen P (Twin 2.

    Peggy, are you still planning on carpooling from Orchard Park?

    October 2, 2013

    • Peggy N.

      Hi Karen - just making sure you saw my earlier post that I won't be attending.

      October 5, 2013

    • Karen P (Twin 2.

      Yes, I saw it. Enjoy your day!

      October 5, 2013

  • mike D.

    Looking forward to our hike tomorrow. Be sure to have the proper gear with you and of course your water and something to snack. Energy and protien comes first. It will be a fun and relaxing hike. Enjoy the the fall foilage.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Angie K.

    Sorry, I have to bow out. Family event in Ohio that has been switched to an earlier time on Sat. Have fun!

    October 4, 2013

  • Karen S

    I have signed my 9 yo daughter up for this hike in case anyone has a child to bring along.

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Hector G.

    Have fun everyone!

    October 4, 2013

  • Peyman

    Hi, I am new in Buffalo. I will drive from downtown Buffalo. Can I have the address for my GPS? Thanks

    October 4, 2013

    • Mary Ann G

      I just went to google maps and put in franklin gulf park it clearly showed Larkin road. That combined with Garys written directions above should get you there. I also will email you my cell #

      October 4, 2013

    • Gary

      I think the address for the parking lot is[masked] Larkin Rd Eden, NY 14057 ‎

      October 4, 2013

  • Rich M.

    Flu shot 1 Me 0
    First time for everything..Can't even hold liquid down.
    Given the past 26 hours I don't think i'll be in shape to do any hiking. :o(

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry but I won't be co-leading the hike. I have a job interview scheduled for Saturday morning. The interview will take anywhere between 2 to 3 hours. I was really looking forward to not only co-leading the hike with Mary Ann, but also getting together with everyone. Have fun on the hike!

    October 3, 2013

  • Gary

    Right now, Monday, the weather report is for sunny and warm on Saturday but rain on Friday. If it does rain on Friday the gulf might have a lot of water in it.

    Despite last's summer's drought, we had to cross through the creek in water that was above our ankles, and several people with low cut hiking shoes ended up with water logged shoes. I suggest wearing boots that cover your ankles and bring dry socks in case the inside of your shoes get wet from crossing the creek.

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • Rich M.

      Fall Festival. That used to be the Great Pumpkin Festival before it was moved and commercialized. They grew some of those monsters on a pumpkin farm down in N. Collins. I have a photo of one in a patch still on the vine that dwarfed my susan.

      October 3, 2013

    • Karen S

      This is a festival offered at a local church....dish to pass chicken BBQ, cider pressing,hayrides, games etc. Bantle Rd. Wesleyan Church.

      October 3, 2013

  • mike D.

    Maryanne and i will be leading the hike so everything is still on.

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Rich M.

      Sounds good..see everyone before 9 on saturday :oD!

      October 3, 2013

  • Rich M.

    The hike is on then?

    October 2, 2013

  • Rich M.

    Definitely a LOT more to the trails than I've done snowshoeing. I can see where 3-4 hours could easily be enjoyed discovering this trail and that. This should be a great primer for this winters snowshoeing.

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Gary

    Here is a link to a topo map showing just the red orange and snow mobile (white) trails. the hike I described follows the snowmobile north from the intersection with the red and orange trails. http://www.wnytrails.com/FranklinGulf/FranklinGulfParkRedOrangeSnowmobileTopoMap.jpg

    October 3, 2013

  • Gary

    Susan and Mary Ann:

    Here are links to descriptions of the entire trail systems and a detailed description of the RED trail. The third link is a trail map of all trails and my bushwhack routes in Franklin Gulf Park:

    http://www.wnytrails.com/?p=405

    http://www.wnytrails.com/?p=414

    http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=http://www.wnytrails.com/FranklinGulf/FranklinGulfParkTrailsandBushwhacksG4map.kml&ll=42.609264,-78.914369&z=15&t=t1

    Look at the map and follow theses directions :

    1. Starting at the parking lot., follow the red trail. You will come to a split with the red trail going to your left and the orange and green trails going to your right. From this point you can follow either the red trail or the orange trail, as they meet up again long before you cross the gulf. I usually take the red trail on the way in and follow the orange trail on the way out.

    [to be continued]

    October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Gary, thank you so much for allowing us to both lead this hike. Sorry you won't be attending. Take care.

      1 · October 2, 2013

    • Karen S

      What detailed information. Thank you very much for providing this to the two ladies who volunteered to lead this hike. I will look forward to meeting you in the future.

      October 3, 2013

  • Gary

    Unfortunately I have to cancel this hike. I got an injection in my hip this morning. The doctor said I have to rest the joint for 10 days to give the steroids time to take effect. He said the reason the left hip injection three weeks ago stopped working after just one week was because I went hiking 5 days after the injection. Hey, it felt great, and no one told me I had to wait 10 days last time. He said if this injection works then he'll re-do the left hip. The relief from the injections is fantastic so I'm going to follow his orders this time and hope it works for more than week.

    In light of my inability to lead this hike, I'll probably me manning the table for the Foothills Trail Club at EMS Club days Saturday morning or afternoon.

    I'll reschedule the hike for November or December depending on what dates are open on the FLT hiking schedule.

    October 1, 2013

    • Karen P (Twin 2.

      Me three!

      October 2, 2013

    • Karen S

      SO happy it is on! Thank you everyone!

      October 3, 2013

  • Karen Mol (Twin 1.

    you have to rest - I had an epidural in my back years ago and then proceded to run up and down stairs and guess what? yep, the injection didn't work.

    October 2, 2013

  • Karen S

    Ugh...Rest and recuperate. Thank you so much for offering this to us. We will catch you later on.

    October 2, 2013

  • Peyman

    Hi Gary, how many hours does it take?

    September 28, 2013

    • Rich M.

      Isn't there supposed to be a second falls upstream from the confluence? I never found it but I heard it was there. We're doing the climb up to the ridge?

      October 1, 2013

    • Gary

      There are several falls in the unnamed creek and in the gulf. I've hiked down the gulf from the northern boundary of the park to the confluence but not down gulf itself from that point. There is one 5 ft tall falls in that northern section.

      October 1, 2013

  • Anne M

    Good Thinking Gary!! A little patience may go a Long way!! These darn bodies of ours!! They just don't always cooperate...it becomes beyond mind of matter. My knees know I speak the truth. Hang in there my friend!!

    October 1, 2013

    • Anne M

      over matter

      October 1, 2013

  • Angie K.

    Good to hear that you are listening to the doctor this time, or, rather that the doctor told you this time to take a 10 day hiatus from hiking. Looking forward to hiking with you again in the near future.

    October 1, 2013

  • Mary Ann G

    Sorry to hear that. Hope your injection works for you! and you are able to get out hiking again soon.

    October 1, 2013

  • Hector G.

    Taking a chance here, anyone leaving from Amherst NY area? Looking forward to the hike:)

    September 18, 2013

    • Hector G.

      Hi Erin, I'll actually have to take off from Getzville (Hopkins/Millersport and will leave at 8am. That's the time I get off work. If you think we can link up, would you let me know?

      September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you have a spot I would like to join...

      September 30, 2013

  • Peggy N.

    I will be driving from Hamburg. If anyone wants to carpool, we can meet up at the OP Park and Ride.

    September 29, 2013

  • Kim S

    Looking forward to this hike!

    September 29, 2013

  • Rose M.

    Erin and Hector, can I ride with you?

    September 20, 2013

  • John C.

    I can't wait to meet everyone and do some. Hiking!

    September 1, 2013

  • Leon B.

    can I take my dog ? , she has been on other hikes and loves to lead the group, check out my photo with her.

    August 31, 2013

    • Gary

      Normally dogs are welcomed on all our hikes as long as they don't wander out of site or if they do wander out site they are kept leashed. The Foothills Trail club, however, generally doesn't like dogs on hikes because they don't want to concern people who might have a fear of dogs. However, I may have to bring my daughter's dog that I'm dog sitting. She was going to take him back to VA with her after her wedding but now she wants me to keep him until mid-October so she and her husband can move. If I bring her dog it will be kept on a leash to avoid any issues with Foothills Trail Club members. Thus, if you bring a dog on this hike you need to keep it leashed at all times. I use a Ruffwear Roamer leash worn around my waist which works great for hiking

      August 31, 2013

  • Jeffrey A.

    I am new to Buffalo, and I am also new to hiking. I have spent time in the outdoors, camping, trail running. I do not have any of the essentials right now. Is there anything that I should definitely have by the time of this hike? Thanks for any help.

    August 31, 2013

    • Gary

      Water and a dry pair of socks are a must because we have to cross a creek. Sometimes the creek is very dry, sometimes it has ankle high water. If your socks get wet you'll wnat to change them immediately. Then read the articles under the discussion board about "I've never been hiking" and "21 things..." for a guide as to other items you might want to start to assemble - the discussion board is here: http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · August 31, 2013

  • Erin H.

    Bringing 1 guest

    August 30, 2013

  • Mary Ann G

    Gary, I was thinking of signing up for this, but I belong to Foothills and they don't require RSVP's. Should I sign up here????
    thanks :)

    August 29, 2013

    • Gary

      Marry Ann - you don't need to sign up here - as you know anyone, whether or not they are a member of foothills, can attend the hike. I posted it here because many of the members of Buffalo Hiking Club are not aware of the foothills trail club hikes. Your question reminded me that i don't need a limit on this hike because there is no limit on foothills hikes. So you can sign up here as well.

      August 29, 2013

  • Gary

    I don't need a waiver for this hike because the Foothills Trail Club has their own waiver form that they require everyone to sign at the trailhead. I prefer to collect waivers before a hike to eliminate the need to do so while getting ready for the hike, but I'll follow the Foothills Trail Club tradition for this hike.

    August 23, 2013

  • Penny S.

    do you think the level of the hike will be managable for children 10Yrs and 12 yrs old? Also do you think the other hikers would mind if they come?

    August 20, 2013

    • Gary

      Yes, if they have hiked at least 6 miles before. Once we start the bushwhack portion you won't be able to turn back unless you have a map and compass or gps.

      August 20, 2013

  • Angie K.

    Sorry I won't be able to join you. I will be flying back from Turkey that day. After that my schedule should lighten up and I look forward to future hikes. I will look into Foothills Trail Club

    August 18, 2013

  • Erin H.

    May bring a guest, will know soon

    August 18, 2013

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