Archery opened several weeks ago. Shotgun opened Saturday. What is a hiker to do? I was delighted to learn that hunting is prohibited inside Allegany State Park on Sundays. (Thank you to whoever made that rule!)
We parked at the Bova Creek area – where once upon a time there was downhill skiing – and headed up Patterson Run. We had a cup of hot chocolate at the point where Patterson, Ridge Run, and Snowsnake Run all meet up, then took the sharp right turn to follow Ridge Run.
At the site of the supposed lean-to, there were a few pieces and parts that could have been part of a structure once, I suppose. Why I didn’t take a picture, I’m not sure.
From this point, the park map lists only two alternatives: turnaround and retrace your steps, or continue along the Ridge Run and eventually reach the summit. We were using an old map from an orienteering club* that showed more detail and discovered we could continue on another path that would loop back to the truck – by way of the old down-hill ski site! (Read about the history of “Bova Slopes” by clicking –> here.)
(* By the way, does anyone know where I can buy a new, fresh topographic/orienteering map of the park? UPDATE 11/26/2010: Here’s the link for buying that awesome map: http://www.hyatts.com/art/allegany-state-park-trail-map-Y79603)
Here are a few shots from the top of Bova Slopes:
Patterson and Ridge Run are wide and recently groomed and grated in preparation for snow and the cross country ski season. Once that happens, dogs and snowshoes are not allowed on those sections of trail.
I have heard a rumor that new maps of the park are in the works. I am looking very forward to those!
I tried to make a google map of the area, but the software and my computer didn’t want to play nice with each other. Here is a link to a google map that I started (click here). Ignore what is labeled “Ski Touring.” If that exists, I didn’t find it…