Esker Brook Nature Trail provides a nice loop through woods, along a stream, around a pond, and up the glacially formed ridge and back through the woods (1.5 miles for one loop, but there are 4 miles of trails to extend the walk). The terrain is easy to moderate with some ups and downs. The trail surface is mostly natural. We can expect snow, ice, or mud at this season. I’ll check it out the days prior to the event to see if we need snowshoes. Alternatively, we may cancel if it is too icy.
Bring your own snowshoes or wear appropriate boots, water, snack, no restrooms (the closest restroom is at the Montezuma Winery, on the corner of 5&20 and Rte. 89). Optional: binoculars for birding, hiking poles.
*NOTE: Dogs are no longer allowed on the Esker Brook Trails.
Directions: Take thruway exit 41. Turn right (south) onto Route 414 and follow for approximately 200 yards (183 meters) to the traffic light. Turn left (east) at the light onto Route 318 and follow for approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the end of Route 318 where it meets Routes 5 & 20. Turn left (east) onto Routes 5 & 20 and then north on Rte. 89, turn left on Lay Road and right on E. Tyre. Sign for parking and trail access is on the right.
Local Directions: Drive east of Seneca Falls or west from Auburn on Rtes 5 & 20; turn north on Rte. 89, turn left on Lay Road and right on E. Tyre. Sign for parking and trail access is on the right.
More info with map at http://www.cnyhiking.com/EskerBrookNatureTrails.htm
GPS Coordinates: 42°58'27.2"N 76°47'01.9"W
We will meet at the trail entrance parking lot on E.Tyre Rd. off Rt. 89, north of Rts 5 &20
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