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Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area Hike

Saturday September 13, 7.30 a.m.

Very strenuous, fast-paced, hilly 8-10 mile hike.

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

Bring water & snack/lunch.

$4 suggested if carpooling.

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

A reminder: pets are not allowed on the hikes.

Hike #5648.

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  • Liz S.

    It was a lot of fun. Lots of great people.

    September 16, 2014

  • Roxanna

    Great hike Carina! Thank you!

    September 13, 2014

  • Rich P.

    Hi Carina. Once again awesome hike, and thanks for leading. Great group, good to hear your chilling with the "furry friends", and yes comfortably seated on the couch awaiting the start of the Notre Dame Football game.

    September 13, 2014

  • Carina G.

    Thanks so much to the 13 people who joined us for a very soggy hike! Everyone kept up a quick pace and I appreciate the positive feedback. We are weekend warriors! I don't know about the rest of you, but I was pretty chilled by the time I got home and a hot shower felt great. Now I'm snuggled up with the dogs. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1 · September 13, 2014

  • Patty

    Great hike Carina, you and Jason did a great job scouting this hike. Its so nice to explore new territory! Great job everyone!

    September 13, 2014

  • Patty

    Great hike Carina, you and Jason did a great job scouting this hike. Its so nice to explore new territory! Great job everyone!

    September 13, 2014

  • Carina G.

    Ryan beat me to the punch! Looks like our weather for the hike tomorrow will be chilly and probably wet. Please read my previous comments about appropriate gear and supplies. I would suggest wearing layers, with the outer one being at least water resistant, if not waterproof. Waterproof hiking boots are strongly recommended and I think you will probably be pretty miserable without them. I would also suggest gaiters to keep your pants from getting soaked up to the knees. Please bring plenty of drinking water and some snacks/lunch. If it's not pouring, we'll stop to eat at the overlook about 8 miles into the hike. There are lots of trees there, so if it's not a downpour, we could be somewhat sheltered. Feel free to comment if you have questions and/or send me a message with your e-mail address if you need my annotated directions to the trailhead. See you in the morning!

    September 12, 2014

  • Ryan B.

    Forecast tomorrow looks like we'll need our long johns, ice grippers, and not - iced coffee...can't wait!

    2 · September 12, 2014

  • Janet H.

    Too long. 2 to 3 is more for me and later. Thanks for asking.

    September 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone, I'm new in town, and car-less. Would anyone be driving from Rochester? I live at Irvington Rd. Happy to chip in for the fuel!
    Thanks,
    Gosia

    September 9, 2014

  • Lexie

    hi..a guess is that we will probably get back to the park and ride around 1:30 pm?

    September 8, 2014

    • Carina G.

      There are no guarantees because it depends on how the hike goes, but I think 1:30pm is a reasonable estimate.

      September 8, 2014

    • Lexie

      okay thanks!

      September 8, 2014

  • ulrika

    Thanks for the pics, looks great. I hope you are staying a little in "not such great shape" I can do the distance, nervous about the pace? Marty just about killed me on his 11 mile hike:) ( I think it was even longer)

    1 · September 3, 2014

    • Carina G.

      Don't worry about the pace! We'll make sure it works for everyone.

      2 · September 4, 2014

  • Carina G.

    Jason and I scouted again today and were lucky enough to have another gorgeous morning for hiking! Though we didn't have any backtracking this time because we knew the route, Run Keeper measured a slightly longer distance (9.2 miles) than last time. We did it in 3 hours, but I would expect a group to take closer to 4 hours. Conditions were much the same as previously described, except the vegetation was even wetter. Luckily, I bought Gore-Tex (waterproof!) hiking boots last weekend and they held up great. I even stood in the water in the Conklin Gully and my feet didn't get wet. The legs of our pants were soaked from the meadow portion of the jeep trail, though. We both have gaiters, but hadn't thought to wear them. Duh! We will be wearing them on the Sept. 13th hike and recommend them. We won't be scouting again, so hopefully conditions won't change much. See you soon!

    August 24, 2014

  • Carina G.

    Here is a link to some pictures I took on Saturday, to give you an idea of the trail conditions. https://picasaweb.google.com/112166389082986849192/HikingAtHiTor?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCLCng6jtk5H4tAE&feat=directlink We are hoping to scout again, but we might not be able to. Of course, conditions may change prior to the hike. Please ask if you have any questions.

    We’ll be parking in a small lot off Parrish Hill Road [masked],[masked]). If you plan to meet us there rather than at the Park & Ride in Bushnell’s Basin, send me a message with your e-mail address and I will send you an annotated map. The turnoff to the lot is easy to miss.

    1 · August 17, 2014

    • Carina G.

      I didn't want to poach people from your hike! ;)

      August 23, 2014

    • Patty

      No problem

      August 23, 2014

  • Carina G.

    Recommendations:
    Bring a lunch. Hike will probably take about 4 hours, so we should hit the lean-to around noonish and we can take a break to eat.
    Bring plenty of WATER and some snacks.
    Wear sturdy, waterproof hiking boots.
    Dress appropriately for the weather that day (layers are usually best).
    Wear long pants, preferably water-resistant. (The meadow sections of the jeep trail over very overgrown.)
    Do not wear perfume/cologne. Bring bug spray. We were fine in the early morning, but the mosquitoes were out in force after about 10am.
    Only attend this hike if you can handle a lot of hilly, uneven terrain. Even if you can hike 9 miles over flat ground, it will feel like twice that distance with all the elevation changes.

    August 17, 2014

    • Carina G.

      Ashley - I would not recommend wearing sneakers. Hopefully you had a chance to look at the pictures and read my comments about trail conditions. The terrain is extremely uneven for many portions of the trail and I don't think that sneakers offer adequate support or grip. Additionally, if your sneakers are not waterproof, it's likely your feet will get soaked on the meadow portions of the jeep trail and/or the muddy sections of the BHT. There aren't very many "bail-out" points along the route in case you are unable to continue. If you do need to leave the hike, someone would have to go with you and miss out on the hike also. I would suggest investing in hiking boots or forgoing this hike. Hi Tor is nothing like the parks in Rochester.

      1 · August 18, 2014

    • Patty

      I agree, sneakers won't cut it.

      August 23, 2014

  • Carina G.

    When I signed up (4.5 months ago!) to lead an 8-10 mile hike at Hi Tor, I had no idea what we’d do for a route, but thought I’d figure something out. Also, I was in better shape… We scouted yesterday, logging 9 miles. It was challenging, but I think we have a good route. This will be a little different than previous hikes I’ve led at Hi Tor, though we will cover some of the same ground. The water at the Conklin Gully crossing on the Blue trail is low, so we should be able to cross without difficulty. You will have to climb down about 5’ into the gully and back out.

    August 17, 2014

  • Carina G.

    The first 3 miles of the hike will be on wooded trails with lots of rocks and roots. There are some muddy sections, including one with very low clearance under a fallen tree over a mud pit. We got through without getting our feet wet, though. The middle section of the hike (~4 miles) will be on a jeep trail, with meadow sections (i.e. tall grass/flowers that will likely be wet) and wooded sections (gravel tracks). There are level portions, as well as uphill and downhill portions. We will end up at the overlook by the lean-to with a view of Lake Canandaigua and then hike a little over a mile back through Conklin Gully to the cars.

    August 17, 2014

  • Carina G.

    We're hoping to scout within the next couple weeks. I'll post an update after we have more information. Be advised that Hi Tor is not for the faint of heart or the weak of leg. I don't plan on doing the 2-mile ascent that we did in the spring, but there will be plenty of hills, no matter what route we take. Also, this is a longer hike than we've led at Hi Tor in the past. Please only plan to attend if you can handle a long duration hike over hilly/rocky terrain. If you have any general questions, please ask. Again, I will update on the route/trail conditions within the next couple weeks.

    August 11, 2014

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