We'll meet at the Whirlpool State Park parking area. From the restroom shelter, we'll follow the path to Deveaux Point for a view of the whirlpool and the rapids below. We'll continue down river about 3/8 of a mile to the whirlpool stairs and the gorge trail below. After descending into the gorge, we'll walk up river, reaching a major rock fall below the point. We can choose either the orange blaze trail leading us down to the whirlpool sandstone and around the point near river level, or the pink trail leading us to a few rock falls and onto a level old rail bed. Both paths reconnect up river, splitting off again into mid-gorge and river level paths. These two trails reconnect at the stone stairs and the old viewing platform for the trolley line that once rain through here. This is the end of the trail, in which we'll turn and head back to the whirlpool stairs.
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult; some boulder hopping involved
Distance: 3.25 miles roundtrip
At the whirlpool stairs, you can either return to your vehicle via the staircase or continue on the Ongiara trail toward the Power Authority plant. It's about a 1.25 mile hike upstream to the Devil Hole's staircase, and less than 1/2 mile to an rock outcropping along the river's edge. Upon returning to the staircase at Devil's Hole, we will ascend to the top of the gorge and take the Whirlpool Rim trail back to our vehicles.
Ongiara trail/Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 1.25 miles
Whirlpool Rim trail/Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.25 miles
The pace will be a moderate one.
Proper foot ware is recommended.
Sorry, but no dogs will be allowed on this hike.
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This hike will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Due to the somewhat rough and difficult terrain that we would encounter, it would be in the best interest to do so.
However, instead of flat out cancelling the hike for those of us that don't mind hiking in the rain, I will substitute it with a hike on the upper and lower trails of the Lewiston/Artpark Niagara Gorge section. We'll just meet in parking lot D (just off of South 4th St) at Artpark.
This trail section starts at the edge of the Niagara Escarpment where Niagara Falls began over 12,000 years ago. There are two trails: the upper trail parallels the gorge at mid-level, and the lower trail follows close to the Niagara River. Both trails officially end under the Lewiston-Queenston bridge.
Trail Difficulty: EASY
Distance: 2 miles round trip on each trail
Optional additional hike of the trails in Oak Hill Park will also be scheduled. This small park is located just off of parking area D. Some points of interest on this hike is an ancient Indian burial mound dating back to 140 AD, along with sculpture located along the Upper Pathway.