What we're about

The Genesee Valley Hiking Group (GVHG) is the online avatar of the Genesee Valley Hiking Club (GVHC), which for over 90 years has offered hiking, walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing and camping outings in Western New York. These activities range from easy to strenuous, providing opportunities for people of all ages and fitness levels to enjoy the outdoors during all seasons.

Our members are of various backgrounds, but all are nature lovers who prefer outdoor activities. We care about and enjoy "the wild" in sunshine, rain, or snow.

Activities include Saturday and Sunday hikes within easy commute from Rochester, NY. Periodic kayak and canoe rides take us down Black Creek, into Irondequoit Bay, or along the shores of Lakes Ontario.

There are stops for coffee or ice cream after most hikes.



. Hikes are free to all participants.
. Members of GVHG, GVHC, guests and members of the public are all welcome to take part.
. Children under sixteen are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
. No pets are allowed on the outings.
. Regardless of how often you plan to hike you are welcome to join our club.
. All participants must abide by the hike rules (see below)

Meeting Place and Time:

Hike leaders select the meeting place to coordinate with their specific hike. The hike times and meeting locations change with each hike - check the schedule. The start time in the schedule is the hike start time - please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.

Hike Rules:

. All participants must abide by the hike rules.
. The hike leader is in charge of the hike and will make all decisions concerning the route, rest stops, duration, etc.
. The co-leader or sweep is responsible for bringing up the rear and insuring that hikes do not get too spread out, and that hikers do not get separated from the main group.
. Each participant must sign their own name on the Sign-In/Trip Leader's Report.
. Hikers should pay the car pool fee recommended in the hike description, if the fee is applicable.
. Hikers experiencing any difficulty have the responsibility to inform the hike leader. Difficulties may include, but are not limited to, medical problems, lack of water, overheating or fatigue.
. Do not leave the hike without the permission of the hike leader. For your safety do not leave the hike alone - no fewer than two hikers should go together.
. All people must be accounted for at the end of the hike.
. No pets
. No radios
. No smoking

Hike Recommendations:

. Once a hike has started it will usually continue in spite of the weather - be prepared for changes in the weather and for extreme conditions.
. Wear appropriate shoes and boots and layered clothing.
. Bring water, and food for longer hikes.
. Employ the motto "Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints".
. Enjoy the hike and companionship of the other hikers.
If you have any questions or problems during a hike, consult the hike leader.


Upcoming events (5+)

Oatka Creek Park Hike.

Oatka Creek Park

Saturday November 23, 10 a.m. Moderate 2-3 mile hike. Meet at main parking lot, 9797 Union St., at the end of Quaker Rd. (Click on "map" above for location and directions). For any questions or for more information contact the hike leader Anna A. [masked]. For the county map of the park and local streets go to: http://www.monroecounty.gov/Image/OaktaCreekPark.pdf A reminder: pets are not allowed on the hikes GVHC Hike #6576.

Irondequoit Bay Park West Hike.

Irondequoit Bay Park West Parking Lot

Saturday November 23, 10 a.m. Moderate/strenuous hilly ~5 mile hike. Meet at the main parking area at 660 Bay Front South, just past the Irondequoit Bay Fish and Game Club , (Do not park in the Fish & Game Club lot). - See map for location and directions. For more information contact the hike leader Paul K. [masked]. For the county map of the park go to: https://www2.monroecounty.gov/files/parks/ibpw%20map%209%2016.pdf A reminder: pets are not allowed on the hikes. GVHC Hike #6577.

Ganondagan State Historic Site & Dryer Road Park Hike.

Ganondagan State Historic Site

Sunday November 24, 9 a.m. Moderate pace, hilly 5 mile hike. Meet at the Ganondagan parking lot at 7,000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road), Victor, NY 14564. (For location and directions see "map"). For any questions or for more information contact the hike leader Dave W. [masked]. Post hike tour of the Seneca Nation Arts & Cultural Center Museum, there is $6 fee for non-members of Friends of Ganondagan. For a description of some of the Ganondagan hiking trails go to: http://ganondagan.org/Visit/Hiking-Trails For a map of the trails go to: http://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/attachments/GanondaganTrailMap.pdf A reminder: pets are not allowed on the hikes. Hike #6578.

Greece Canal Park Hike.

Greece Canal Park

Sunday November 24, 10 a.m. Moderate 5-6 mile hike. Meet in the parking lot near the tennis courts and Millennium Lodge off Elmgrove Road. (For location and directions click on "map" above.) Please do not use the parking spaces closest to the lodge. For any questions or for more information contact the hike leader Al S. [masked]. For a map of the park and local streets go to: http://www2.monroecounty.gov/files/parks/Maps/GreeceCanalPark.pdf A reminder: pets are not allowed on the hikes. Hike #6579.

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