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