This is a reschedule of the May 19 meetup, canceled because of rain.
We'll visit Lake Solitude, the Solitude Dam, and the old TISCO steel works. And yes, there's plenty of parking! The lake is south of Ken Lockwood Gorge, which we did in March. The South Branch River, which flows through the gorge, empties into the lake.
Just south of the lake is the somewhat preserved TISCO complex, an old iron works. There is a ball field at 10 Washington Ave. in High Bridge (across from Union Forge Park), and behind the field and a large building, a trail leads to the dam. Signs mark it as private property that's made available to the public. You can park in the gravel lot behind the ball field, or drive around the building and park at the Komline property in a grassy area:
At the east side of the grassy area, we'll meet at the iron truss foot bridge over the water:
The TISCO complex has been empty for several decades, and is wonderfully creepy, if you like that sort of thing. It has large, open lots of steel parts of various shapes and sizes.
The trail passes by the ruins of the original factory, and beyond that is the Solitude Dam. There is also a small, gravel parking lot at the dam. (But if you park there, you'll miss the trail walk.) The Solitude House museum is also there, but it’s closed because it’s in need of repair.
The walk along the trail will be a lot shorter and easier than the walk down the gorge in March.