And we’re done! We saved this little .8 mile hike for last, figuring we could duck into the Admin Building after to claim our prizes – a water bottle and a sticker. (I gave them both to Emily.)
This trail hugs the side of the hill, so even though it is short, it is a little intimidating: one mis-step and you could be rolling down the hill!
We started the Allegany 18 Challege on June 15 – the first official day of my retirement. And we finished before the end of summer. We had hoped to finish before Emily started back to school, but a brief illness and some aching muscles delayed a couple of the hikes. Still, WE DID IT!
Thanks to Bob who provided rides for the hikes that were not loops, and to my friend Sue who hiked one of the non-loop trails with us, providing the second car so we didn’t have to hike it twice.
Distance: 0.8 miles Duration: 28 minutes and 49 seconds Average Speed: 1.6 mph Minimum Elevation: 1441 feet Maximum Elevation: 1563 feet Total climb: 182 feet Total descent: 184 feet
This is a black diamond cross country ski trail and after hiking it I can see why! I won’t attempt it on skis! The last bit is a half-mile repeat of Patterson trail that takes you down to the Bova area. There is a warming hut about half way around that I forgot about, so we ate lunch on a log just a tiny distance from the hut!
Perfect day for this hike. Cool in the morning – took us about 20 minutes of brisk walking to get warm! After that, we were comfortable the whole time.
We had arranged for a ride back up to the Art Roscoe ski area to retrieve our car.
One more to go to complete the Allegany 18 hiking challenge! (We obviously did not do the trails “in order.”)
Distance: 5.4 miles (more if you count getting to the trailhead, and getting the rest of the way down the hill!) Duration: 2 hours, 38 minutes, and 54 seconds Average Speed: 2.1 mph Minimum Elevation: 1505 feet Maximum Elevation: 2275 feet Total climb: 539 feet Total descent: 1309 feet
Rocks and Roots. That’s the best way to describe this trail. We took two cars so that we didn’t have to hike the full 4 miles, 2 of which would have been along the road. There’s a lot of up on this trail, as well as a lot of down (which is harder on my knees than up, I must admit).
We knocked this one off after Emily got off school on a Friday afternoon. Very pleasant hike. Two more to go to complete the Allegany 18 Challenge!
Distance: 2.2 miles Duration: 1 hours, 34 minutes, and 32 seconds Average Speed: 1.4 mph Minimum Elevation: 1487 feet Maximum Elevation: 2084 feet Total climb: 627 feet Total descent: 729 feet
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???
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
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