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Erie County Forestry in Sardinia

  • Apr 26, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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The Take a Hike Series: Just because I can’t lead a hike right now is no reason for the rest of you not to enjoy the woods. So I will post hikes I would take if I could hike, and hope that some members of BHC will meet up and enjoy the great outdoors we have in WNY.

And if someone wants to take an organizer role for any of these hikes then send me an email.

Meet at the main parking lot on Genesee Road in Sardinia - check the map link for the google map location. There is a large warming hut with plenty of picnic tables inside and a wood stove with plenty of wood if you want to use it before or after the hike. Bathrooms are located behind the warming hut in the "sugar shack" where you might find the Erie County forester cooking maple syrup. You can usually buy the 100% Pure Maple Syrup made right in the Erie County Forest. I believe the prices are $10/pint, $18/quart, $28/half-gallon, and $52/gallon.

This 3.5 mile hike (4.5 miles if you take the side trip to the Cabin) is on the main trail (The Scarbuck Trail) and the Scarbuck Extension trail in the southern portion of the Erie County Forest. A large portion of these trails also serve as the Conservation Trail going through the Erie County Forest.

The map shows the Scarbuck Trail in orange and the extension trail in Yellow. 

The portion of the Main trail (the orange trail on the map) that is on the east side of the park can be muddy along the 1/2 mile of it that is at the top of the hill (the northern section of that portion before the trail turns west.) I usually take the west side of the orange trail on the way in so that we encounter the mud, if any, on the way out.

The Extension Trail (the yellow trail) crosses the snowmobile trail at two points. If you follow the snowmobile trail south for 1/2 mile (depicted as a blue line on the map) you will come to a small cabin (Camp Sardinia) with a wood stove that you can use a s a warming hut if the wood supply inside has not been depleted over the winter. That side trip would add an extra mile to the hike for a total of 4.5 miles.

This link is to a G4map of the trails

This link is to the WNYTrails blog about the Erie County Forestry

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a beautiful day for a hike! We got a sprinkle or two, but nothing much more than that. Thanks to all who participated in today's hike. It was a pleasure meeting you all!

    April 26, 2014

    • Gary

      The great thing about WNY is the variety of conditions you get to experience the woods, all of which are worth the effort in my opinion. Thanks again for leading this one and thanks for the great pics.

      April 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The woods themselves are so varied. It was great! Looking forward to hiking with you again, Gary.

      April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you are unable to attend this meetup, please update your RSVP. Thank you!

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make it tomorrow

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is a 60/40 chance I won't be able to make it as I have to go out of town so I'm taking my name off the list for now, subject to change in the morning if a spot is still available.

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to hiking with all of you tomorrow! There is a small chance of rain, so you might want to bring a raincoat or poncho.

    April 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gary, has anyone stepped up as an organizer? Are any of the individuals who are going, familiar with this park?

    April 20, 2014

    • Gary

      No one has told me they want to be the organizer. If you would like to do so let me know so I can add you as the organizer which then gives you control over the event (change the time, the details, number allowed, etc.) - without an organizer I just leave it at 20 people max (because more than 21 on state land would require a permit, even though this hike isn't on state land it is just easier to stay consistent with the max limit for generic events.)

      April 20, 2014

  • Gary

    No. 10 AM. Meetup apparently defaults to PM with the expectation that most meetups are taking place in Bar late at night...lol

    2 · April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is 10:00pm the correct time?

    April 20, 2014

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