Emily, Sue, and I (and Gretchen and Bella) checked off the Fire Tower Trail today. We were happy to have Sue and Bella along, not ONLY because they provided a 2nd vehicle so we didn’t have to walk back to our car. Sue always makes pleasant conversation. And Bella and Gretchen, if not fast friends now, at least tolerated one another.
Only 3 more to go on the Allegany 18 Challenge!
Hey Look! I figured out how to embed a map on the new WordPress editor! I wonder if I will remember it for the next one???
Today we hiked from Coon Run Road to ASP Route #1. One more section to go! This hike is bringing up memories from 2009 when I did the trail as a backpacking trip with “me lasses.” (click here for that story)
Tomorrow, we’ll finish Trail #9 in the Allegany 18 challenge and then we’ll have just 4 more trails to complete!
Friday, August 21, 2020 9:41 AM EDT Distance: 7.2 miles Duration: 4 hours, 26 minutes, and 50 seconds Average Speed: 1.6 mph Minimum Elevation: 1612 feet Maximum Elevation: 2271 feet Total climb: 1080 feet Total descent: 480 feet
Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:59 AM EDT Distance: 9.1 miles Duration: 6 hours, 1 minutes, and 52 seconds Average Speed: 1.5 mph Minimum Elevation: 1375 feet Maximum Elevation: 2088 feet Total climb: 1508 feet Total descent: 1243 feet
After hiking the Conservation Trail in the morning, we decided to also “bag” this one in the afternoon. We checked the Cain Hollow end of the trail so we would know where we would be coming out. That trail head sign said the trail is 3 miles long. We parked on the Quaker Beach side of the trail where the sign proclaims it is a 1.3 mile trail.
We had a bit of trouble finding the actual trail. Trees and branches sort of hide it. If you go, don’t go up the road past the Road Closed sign. That’s not the trail. 🙂
The Quaker side of the hill is quite pleasant and woodsy. The Cain Hollow side turns brushy, claustrophobic, muddy, and… well, unpleasant. We opted to return to the car by walking the road and ended up hiking a total of 3.2 miles, according to the GPS.
We never found the carved #16, so our selfie is next to one of the blue trail markers.
Because it was afternoon, sections of the road were shaded and we rested in the shade a couple of times. There is a spot through some hemlocks where you can get to the water’s edge. Gretchen enjoyed a drink and a swim in Quaker Lake.
Friday, August 14, 2020 2:16 PM EDT
Distance: 3.2 miles
Duration: 1 hours, 59 minutes, and 25 seconds
Average Speed: 1.6 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1389 feet
Maximum Elevation: 1770 feet
Total climb: 492 feet
Total descent: 519 feet
This is a very pretty trail. It starts near the Administration Building on the Red House side of Allegany State Park just past where the outdoor museum is located. Gretchen managed to get stung by a bee again, and stuck her nose down another hole of bees, but outran them, dragging us along.
I don’t typically hike in summer because of… well, bees for one, and also heat and other bugs. So I had never seen a trillium fruit before. That was a cool find.
The trail is pretty well marked and a portion of it is also part of the Finger Lakes / North Country Trail system, which we plan to hike next week. So… we’ll see that section again.
I often forget to turn my GPS on at the car. It claims we walked 5 miles. Actually, it was a tad bit longer.
Distance: 5.0 miles
Duration: 3 hours, 26 minutes, and 11 seconds
Average Speed: 1.5 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1468 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2125 feet
Total climb: 789 feet
Total descent: 842 feet
Most of the time when we hike Wolf Run, we explore south of Wolf Run Road. Recently I heard of the possibility of finding foundations and other signs of human activity on the north side, so that is where we meandered.
Google Maps shows a road labeled simply “Allegany State Park” that forks off from Wolf Run Road. You could walk right by it if you didn’t have a GPS telling you where to turn, or a piece of orange ribbon placed there by some other explorer.
Near the end of the road, we found a few artifacts, but no foundations. Maybe in early spring we’ll come back when there aren’t so many plants.
From the road’s end, we headed toward Wolf Run Creek which we followed to the bridge (part of the Finger Lakes / North country Trail), then returned to the truck by way of the road. We walked almost 5 miles… but you will see if you examine the Google Map link below, we were in no hurry and spent a good deal of time taking in the beauty and coolness of the creek. So peaceful.
Our tenth hike in the Allegany 18 Challenge was #6, Beehunter. The weather was perfect, the bugs were minimal. Gretchen, the dog, did find a ground bee nest and got stung in the process, though.
The trail has a lot of variety. It crosses a creek or two. There are uphill climbs and descents, but a lot of level hiking, too. We parked at the picnic area near Red House Lake and walked over the grassy field to enter the trail (where the sign claimed the trail is 5.5 miles long). (The sign at the other end was more accurate, claiming 6.5 miles. The GPS says we walked 6.2.)
As with many of my other hikes this summer, there were lots of different fungi. I didn’t photograph very many different kinds. Also saw lots of stinging nettle and bee balm. There was a blow-down near the middle of the trail we had to pick our way through/around. I appreciated the cairns at the creek, because the the original fording place had logs down and the water was deep there. The cairns pointed out a better place to cross.
Distance: 6.2 miles
Duration: 4 hours, 2 minutes, and 21 seconds
Average Speed: 1.5 mph
Minimum Elevation: 1425 feet
Maximum Elevation: 2217 feet
Total climb: 1060 feet
Total descent: 1061 feet
Mary and I continued hiking the next section of the Westside Overland Trail today – beautiful weather for it – starting off cool, and eventually warming up, humidity not too oppressive. We are hiking south to north. The way points are labeled A to S, so we are hiking S to A. Today’s section was Q to M, Route 474 to Eggleston Hill Road, 4.5 miles.
Recent wet weather made for lots of ‘shrooms. And the baby toads were just so adorable. Lots of dragonflies at the pond near the Lean-tos. Love hearing the thrushes and pee-wees singing us along our way. Several Red Elder shrubs along the way. I wonder if they are edible. Also so Elderberries along some of the roads we crossed.
Most of the bridges need repairs! (Any Gold Award or Eagle seekers interested? Contact the Parks Department!)