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19th June 2005

nghtchyld6:53pm: Well, I just received my very own Garmin hand held gps. Who wants to do some geocaching? 
Current Mood: excited

11th February 2005

ulydog7:24pm: Yo letchworth in the Winter is awesome...
Icy GorgeCollapse )
especially the trails on the west side of the genessee

21st January 2005

__lastlaugh8:38am: does anyone know of some good places to snowshoe near rochester? i want to try and avoid pissing off cross country skiers and ruining their trails, so any tips on doing that would be helpful.
Current Mood: sick

13th December 2004

carlathecarl12:22am: Amazing....
I just ran across this community- I've only been to the Rochester area once or twice, but I'm always looking for interesting hikes. I live in East Syracuse, and it's only a hour and a half drive away. What really intrigued me was the Rochester subway- do you have any more info on that? How safe is it to walk around there? Not knowing Rochester, I don't know what the neighborhood is like. Do you know anything about the history of the place? I'd be intrigued to learn more.

24th November 2004

lutya11:59pm: I was driving down East River road past where Telephone Road meets it. I saw a crosswalk and what looked like a hiking trail or something. Anyone know anything about that trail? Where it goes? Where it starts/ends?

19th November 2004

ulydog10:13am: Meetup group
Yo...in case anyone's interested in actually meeting up to go hiking some time i just made one of them meetup communities:
Hiking Meetups
If we grab enough members then we'll start meeting over at Buffalo Wild Wings to plan trips and such....or maybe we'll just play lots of free pool/darts, eat lots-o-wings and have a few drinks.....either way its bound to be a good time

18th November 2004

ulydog2:32pm: Fillmore Glen State Park

This place is one of my favorite secret places. It is not very well known but it is quite beautiful. At the entrance to the park you will find several camp-sites, picnic areas, 2 lodges, a swimming area (damned up part of the creek), and one of the prettiest waterfalls i've ever seen. The story goes that the grazing cattle of the pioneers kept running off during the summer months. The Pioneers eventually got annoyed and followed the cattle all the way through the woods to a place with towering maples and mist coming from a beautiful waterfall that fell from above into a cavern. These cows had found a wonderful place to go to in the summer to escape the blazing sun. When you go to the park you will find that this is still the case. You can dive into the ice cold water eminating from the waterfall, or just enjoy the mist from the waterfall from land. But don't just bring a bathing suit, make sure to bring some hiking boots too because this park has the most interactive gorge trails i've ever seen. You'll find yourself walking under waterfalls, through them, over them, next to them, exploring caverns and basically just enjoying the panorama. The 7 mile hike on the gorge trail and the rim trail is very wet and slippery. Oh and don't forget to stop by the replica of the log cabin where the last great whig President was born and Raised.

1hr 45mins away from Rochester
For Directions and more info go to:

16th November 2004

ulydog4:12pm: Anyone know of good place to have a bonfire? Preferably where it's legal....
Current Mood: refreshed

15th November 2004

lutya12:28pm: Where is a good place to get pictures of the sunset?
ulydog6:47am: Chimney Bluffs
If you saw this photoCollapse ) you wouldn't believe that it came from a place so close to Rochester because of our relatively tame landscapes. But about 45 mins away on the coast of Lake Ontario you can visit the park dedicated to these strange land formations from which you get a panoramic view of them. Or you can walk on the beach-line to experience them face to face in all their magnitude. There is an alternate hike that starts from the East Bay estuary where you are able to really appreciate the beautiful bay and lake bluff which is adjacent to Lake Ontario. On this trail you will also encounter many animals including wild turkeys and water snakes. As you enter the estuary you will find the remains of an abandoned farmstead next to the gate.
For more info: http://www.inforochester.com/chimney.htm
Current Mood: devious

14th November 2004

ulydog10:55am: Taughanock Falls
Probably one of the most impressive waterfalls in NY aside from Niagara. There is a gorge trail in the park which is only 3/4 of a mile on a well traveled path that passes by large sedimentary deposits and formations, nests for preregrine falcons and large groups of swallows who amusingly fly in sync with each other all day long. Be prepared to feel the mist because at the end of the trail there is an observation deck at the base of the falls which puts you face to face with its powerful cascade. The falls pour into a naturally hollowed out cavern; and in the winter the mist crystalizes along the walls of the cavern making it a most impressive sight to see. During the summer you can walk in the shallow slate fresh-water creek that drains from the falls which only comes up to your shins.
http://www.taughannock.com for map and directions

13th November 2004

ulydog6:08am: My favority reclusive getaway
Finger Lakes National Forest
It's time for me to tell you all about a spot in the middle of the woods that is purely sublime. It has everything you need: a firepit a picnic table, a whole lotta nature, and most especially a small little pond filled with fish. Make sure to bring a flashlight so you can see all the fruit bats that hover over the lake at night; and also make sure your eyes are fully dialated before you look outside your tent flap in the morning because the sun rises just over the horizon above the pond, making a very photogenic and inspirational sight. Basically, it's peaceful and out of the way. There's even a little something for you urban decay dwellers: The forest used to be a farming community that turned into a ghost town at the end of the 19th century....during the new deal era, most of the buildings were demolished and the whole park was turned into a reforestation area. But you can still find structural remains along with ancient farming equipment. Right next to the campsite I was referring to (on the opposite side of the trail) you will find, hidden under brush, a brick base to what used to be a house.

More about the park: You can hike from the south end of the park to the north end within 6hours(11 miles) Besides the fact that the trails may, at times, be a little muddy, they are also very moderate. Along the trail you will pass, numerous secluded ponds that are just bursting with life (beavers, turtles and frogs especially). There is also a gorge trail which follows along a small creek....The thing I remember most about this specific trail is that it is swarming with bright orange salamanders such as theseCollapse )

Oh and one other thing.....this park is also used for communal grazing in certain fenced off locations. The trails go straight through these grazing lands so be prepared to encounter a few cows/bulls but don't worry....if you just walk around them....they will leave you alone.

How to get to said campsite:
The forest is in between Seneca and Cayuga lake very close to Watkin's Glen....1 and a half hours from rochester....just follow 96 south and fork right onto 136a south. Once on 136a turn left onto picnic bench road....after you pass the blueberry patch (oh did i mention they have lots of naturally growing blueberries for the taking?) take a left onto park road.
Park in the small lot where Chicken Coop Rd. meets Park Rd(on the north end of the park). and hike on the backcountry trail for about 15 mins....after passing by a deadwood marsh land you will find the clearing on your left. The drive down is very scenic as you drive along seneca lake on your right with rural farmland on your left.
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12th November 2004

roquen2:20pm: Abandoned subway
If you're interested in urban decay and tunnel exploration, Rochester's old, long-abandoned subway system is a great way to kill an afternoon.

It's pretty easy to find - It's right next to Dinousaur BBQ. On the side of Dinosaur opposite the bridge, you'll see a chained off area. If you walk along the fence perpindicular to the road Dinosaur is on, eventually you'll come to an easily accessible opening, which goes directly into the subway. Amusingly enough, the only part of it that's labelled "No tresspassing" is a boring patch of grass you don't need to get to anyways...

You'll probably need:

- Standard hiking supplies (water, food, etc.)
- A good flashlight
- A backup flashlight
- A couple friends to go along with you - just because we didn't run into any disgruntled members of the homeless community, or fall into open sewers, doesn't mean you won't.

You'll also probably want a camera with you.

You have to be careful where you're going. There are long periods of complete darkness with some nasty holes. This place is NOT for the edgy! As long as you scan ahead of yourself with a flashlight and use sound judgement, however, you shouldn't have any real problems.

I went last year with a medium-sized group. We only saw one other person the entire time, emerging from the tunnels right as we went in. Some of the things you'll see: a huge amount of spectacular graffiti, some nice hidden bodies of water, lots of weird objects that have found their way down there, and a close view of the trains going by.

And you can hit up Dinosaur afterwards... exploration is hungry work.

Photos here (starting at the bottom of the page).
Current Mood: awake
hypostatization12:09pm: abandoned home and scrap yard
Head south on 96 toward the village of Victor. Pull off into the liquor store parking lot that comes up on your right hand side just past two small billboards. Near the billboards you'll find a trail that takes you back behind the store and across the train tracks. Follow the trail into the woods.

If you continue to head straight you'll be treated to an abandoned scrap yard, filled with all sorts of rusted and forgotten treasures. Be careful exploring off trail, a good portion of the area is overgrown. I've had the displeasure of sinking knee deep into piles of twisted metal and broken bottles there. The trail itself is safe. Enjoy the abandoned cars along the trail. Look for a tree growing out through a discarded refrigerator.

If you veer off to the right at the first fork when entering the woods, you'll eventually find an abandoned home and large rusted metal shed alongside the trail. The home is covered in juvenile graffiti, which detracts somewhat from its appeal for me, but it is still fun to climb around in and look at the textures decay has brought it.

The trails you are on will eventaully meet up with a stretch of the Genesee Valley Greenway.
ulydog9:17am: Another Great Find.....
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge:

It's only half an hour from Rochester and it's definitely worth the drive. Its a gigantic Bird Sanctuary with lots of rare birds, gorgeous and easy trails for hiking, and a dirt road that goes through the middle of the wetlands area. It's free and you don't even have to get out of your car to see the wildlife. The last time I went there i saw a whole lot of ruffed grouse, tons of geese, mallards, blue herons, king fishers, and i was even fortunate enough to have seen two American Bald Eagles soaring through the air. There is also a nature trail which passes through a very wild area, tons of wildlife including turtles, salamanders, more birds, and lots of snakes. Right now is the perfect time to go visit because many of the birds are stopping in the wetlands on their way migrating south from canada.
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ulydog9:04am: A few great links for hiking in WesternNY
Genesee Valley Greenway: pass through historic villages and old bridges, buildings

A great index of state parks in the area along with occasional maps and directions

Lists some smaller county parks

Excerpts from Hiking Books with lists of great hiking trails along with maps

The pride of Victor is their hiking trails, lots of quaint and historic points of interest

The crescent trai: very close to home, good for mountain biking and a short day hike

The Finger Lakes Trail: Perfect place to do a little backpacking and leave your tents at home cause ther're plenty of lean-tos along the trail for everyone.

This one is especially useful: Local Waterfall

11th November 2004

ulydog9:21pm: Water Tower in Mendon Ponds
A great find.....Right smack in the middle of the woods of Mendon Ponds Park you'll find the highest public point in Monroe County along with a big old water tower. Unfortunately, there's too much wood cover to get a good panorama of Rochester from the base. That's why when after you climb to the top of the water tower, it makes the view ten times better. However, if you do plan on climbing the water tower i must warn you that you're gonna need some supplies. There is a solid metal ladder which goes up the side of the tower but it starts at about 10-12 feet above the ground. I brought a rope ladder with me to reach the first step of the ladder and then it was just a quick climb from there. Most definitely worth the effort. I don't think it's legal to climb it, but it is in the middle of the woods....so who's really gonna know?
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ulydog9:03pm: First Post
Hey, just wanted to let y'all know that I made this community for purely selfish reasons. I've found a lot of really great places in Upstate NY and I want to find more....I'd really appreciate it if you could tell me about some of these places. Doesn't have to be restricted to nature, any quaint towns, abandoned buildings.....anything worth visiting.
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