Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area Hike

Saturday April 20, 9 a.m.

Meet at Bushnell's Basin Park & Ride on Route 96. (Click on map above for location).

$4 suggested if carpooling.

Very strenuous, hilly ~6 mile hike.

Hike starts at blie trailhead on Shay Road off Parrish Hill Road in Naples.

For any questions or for more information contact the hike leader Carina G. at 465-0990.

For a map of the area, the trails, and a description of Hi Tor go to:

http://cnyhiking.com/HiTorWMA.htm

For a map and more information on the Blue Trail go to:

http://cnyhiking.com/HiTorBlueTrail.htm

Hike #5454.

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  • Mike and K.

    John R. shared this track (be sure to click on one of the top options in the upper right corner to see all those contour lines): http://www.kmhayes.com/uploads/hi%20tor%202013_04_20%20(jr).html

    April 23, 2013

    • Carina G.

      Very cool! Thank you for sharing.

      April 24, 2013

  • gigi

    sry got a late start this am. not goin to be able to make it

    April 20, 2013

    • Carina G.

      Too bad, Gigi! Jason and Vinny ran up one hill, but we missed your antics at the front of the line!

      April 22, 2013

  • Peg E.

    Had a great time and look fwd. to your next hike.

    1 · April 22, 2013

  • Jill

    Sorry I had to turn back.... good news is I found my card. Hope to make the whole hike next time!

    April 20, 2013

    • Carina G.

      I'm glad you were able to locate your card and I'm sorry you couldn't complete the hike. Hope to see you next time!

      April 21, 2013

  • Carina G.

    Despite the comedy of errors leading up to the hike, I thought it went off very well! We encountered a fair number of runners from the Muddy Sneaker 20K, but everyone was friendly and shared the trails. Thank you so much to Julie and Rich for sweeping and to Peggy for helping out, as well. I had a wonderful time and I'm so glad we had a great turnout! Hopefully next time we can venture down into the Conklin Gully...

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • John R

    Great hike! Awesome views! Thanks Carina for leading, and also to Julie and Rich for sweeping. Looking forward to the next hike in the fall.

    April 20, 2013

  • Ryan B.

    Thanks Carina/Jason for a great hike and for driving me to and from the trailhead. Great to see everyone, and see you out on the trails!

    April 20, 2013

  • Patty

    Great hike, nice pace, thanks.

    April 20, 2013

  • Agnieszka

    Unfortunately, something came up, and I cannot go to Hi Tor hike tomorrow. :( I'll be looking forward to the fall hike in this area. You all have a fantastic time !!! Stay safe

    April 19, 2013

  • Soni J.

    Sounds like a great hike... Maybe next time

    April 19, 2013

  • Patty

    I live south of Bushnells Basin. If anyone wants to meet to carpool at Ganondagan off 444 we can meet in the parking lot there at 9:00. See everyone at Hi Tor, hope there is enough parking!

    April 18, 2013

    • Carina G.

      You can fit a fair number of cars in that lot on NY-245 so I think we'll be okay. The start for the 20K is up Parrish Hill Road (where I originally wanted to start), so I'm hoping that won't interfere with us. Let me know if you don't get any takers, and we can pick you up at Ganondagan on the way by.

      April 18, 2013

  • Carina G.

    The Muddy Sneaker 20K Trail Race will be taking place at Hi Tor, starting at 9am on Saturday. http://www.roadsarepoison.com/muddysneaker.html There are 200 runners registered and it seems highly likely that we'll cross paths with some of them. I e-mailed the race director and gave him a heads-up. We'll have to be alert and courteous about sharing the trail. On the up side, they will probably have scared all the turkeys away before we get there, so I'm a little less concerned about the Youth Turkey Hunt! Only a couple days left until the hike... I wonder what other concurrent activities I will hear about (or not) before then! It seems April 20th is a busy day... Also, looks like it will be a little chilly and very windy on Saturday morning. Make sure you wear layers!

    April 18, 2013

  • Judy C.

    I've never hiked Hi Tor and I'm really looking forward to the challenge.

    April 17, 2013

    • Judy C.

      Hi Carina - my guest and I will not be able to join the group for this hike. We think it may just be a little too agreesive for us. We'll join the group for another hike soon. Enjoy Hi Tor!

      April 18, 2013

    • Carina G.

      Thanks for the update, Judy. One of the great things about GVHG is the wide variety and frequency of hikes (at least 2 every weekend). I hope you find one (or lots!) that you enjoy. I'll be leading another hike at Hi Tor in September and I suspect trail conditions will be a little less challenging, though the hills are always there!

      April 18, 2013

  • JEFF

    ORIENTEERING MEET THAT DAY.

    April 17, 2013

  • Susan W.

    Yea, really wanted to do this hike but don't want to be mistaken for a turkey. Would have been nice to reschedule.

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Carina G.

      The hike schedule is set about two months prior to a 4-month cycle. Since a printed version of the schedule is sent to club membership, there's no easy way to reschedule hikes. Any time you hike in a place where hunting is allowed, you run a risk. There are very few times during the year when no animals are in season, so even rescheduling wouldn't have guaranteed there would be no hunters in the area during the hike. Hopefully you will be able to attend and enjoy GVHC hikes on which you are more comfortable about your safety.

      1 · April 15, 2013

  • Carina G.

    Update 2 of 2: BE ADVISED that the first portion of the hike is an extremely sharp ascent. My heart rate was definitely up by the time we got to the top! The remainder of the hike includes both steep uphill and downhill sections. As you might expect, there's quite a bit of mud, but all the trails are passable. The planned route is about 5.5 miles and took us 2 hours, so I'd estimate 2-2.5 hours for the group, depending on the size of the group and how everyone handles the hills. I'd recommend bringing some snacks or lunch, as we probably won't be back to Rochester before 1pm. As I previously commented, keep in mind that the hike overlaps with the Youth Turkey Hunt, so you may wish to wear brightly colored clothing (hat, vest, etc.).

    April 14, 2013

  • Carina G.

    Update 1 of 2: Jason and I scouted Hi Tor today (14Apr13). Due to all the recent rain, I've decided to change the hike route to avoid crossing Conklin Gully because of the relatively high water level. As a consequence, the starting point for the hike is now the DEC parking lot on NY-245 at the corner of Parish Hill Road [masked],[masked] in Google maps). We will still be meeting at the Park & Ride in Bushnell's Basin at 9am and carpooling. I'd estimate we'll be at the parking area between 9:45-10:00am.

    April 14, 2013

  • Patty

    Thanks for the update, I have never done Conklin gully, only Parrish hill gully.

    April 9, 2013

    • Carina G.

      I think it's the same thing, but I could be wrong...

      April 9, 2013

    • Patty

      I guess I was thinking of Clark's Gully that I have never found.

      April 13, 2013

  • Carina G.

    It's just come to my attention that April 20-21 is the Youth Turkey Hunt in the state of NY. This means that there may be teenagers shooting turkeys at Hi Tor during our hike. I called the local DEC office and spoke with an officer. Presumably, anyone under the age of 15 will be accompanied by an adult, and they all will have had safety training about not shooting people. He suggested not wearing red, white or blue. Instead, if you have a fluorescent (brightly colored) hat and/or shirt, you may want to wear that. Hunting hours are half an hour before sunrise through noon. We will only be hiking on blazed trails and I'm guessing our noise level will discourage hunting in our vicinity. Anytime you hike in an area where hunting is allowed (such as a WMA), you run the risk of a hunting accident. I will leave it to you whether you feel comfortable attending this hike. Here is a link to Turkey Hunting Regulations, for your information: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/32162.html

    April 10, 2013

  • Carina G.

    Update 2 of 2: My suspicions about the Conklin Gully were confirmed, as there was quite a bit of water running through it. This made crossing very challenging. We didn’t fall in the drink, but there is no clear, dry path across so it would be easy to slip and fall and/or get your boots/pants wet. Also, there is a little bit of a climb/scramble into and out of the gully. This weekend we are going to explore the alternative option of starting at the Bristol Hills trailhead instead of the Blue trailhead and omitting the trip into the gully. However, the views of the gully are fantastic and I’d like to stick with the original route if conditions permit. If we need to change the starting point (only by a mile or two), I will post an update on this site, and the entire group membership will receive an e-mail. We will also station someone at the original starting location in case anyone does not get the message. Stay tuned...

    April 9, 2013

  • Carina G.

    Update 1 of 2: Jason and I scouted on Sunday (07Apr13). The weather was gorgeous and it was a fantastic hike! There were some muddy sections of trail, but nothing impassable. There was still a little snow, but I suspect it will be melted by the group hike. This will be a challenging and strenuous hike with many steady inclines. There are numerous uphill and downhill sections, some of which extend for a substantial distance. I suspect the hike will take somewhere from 2.5 to 3 hours with the group and cover approximately 6 miles. Please carefully consider whether this hike is within your abilities. After we get back to Bushnells Basin, we’ll head over to Tim Horton’s with anyone who wants to socialize a little bit. I’d recommend bringing something to snack on and/or have for lunch on the trail, as I doubt we’ll be back in town until 1-2pm.

    April 9, 2013

  • Anita F. S. E.

    Camping w/Boy Scout Troop this weekend.

    March 28, 2013

  • Linda

    This group has hiked it a couple of times before and it is a great hike!
    Thanks for doing it again !

    March 19, 2013

    • Carina G.

      I've only really done one loop (Blue & Bristol Hills trails), though I want to explore more there in the future. I love it and I'm glad to lead a hike there!

      March 19, 2013

    • Linda

      I so wish I could go, so hopefully you will take us back! :)

      March 20, 2013

  • Carina G.

    Since I've never hiked Hi Tor at this time of year, I'm not sure if trail conditions will permit my usual route. I intend to scout in a couple weeks and then I'll have a better idea of the terrain and the duration of the hike. I can say that it will be a hilly and relatively challenging hike, with a little bit of climbing. Once we start, there will be nothing resembling civilization, so please be prepared to tough it out. Also, you might want to bring something to eat for lunch. I'd estimate a 45-minute drive from the park & ride to the Blue trailhead, so we should have a 10am start for the hike. Between the hike and travel time, you'll have to devote a good chunk of your Saturday to this activity. It'll definitely be worth it. Hi Tor is awesome!

    March 19, 2013

  • Carina G.

    HIKE LEADER

    March 19, 2013

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