Tuesday Evening Hike: Hinchcliff Family Preserve

Tuesday, July 11, 2017  •  5:00 pm
  • Hike rating: Distance - 2.8 miles; Terrain - Moderate; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Moderate
  • Carpool meeting place: 5:00 p.m. - EMS Parking Lot at 722 S Meadow St. (click for map). Please park in front of the store but at the end of the lot furthest away from the store.
  • Event/Trailhead location: 5:55 p.m. - Parking area for Hinchcliff Preserve, Covey Road, Spafford, NY. (click for map).
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com

Tonight's destination is the Hinchcliff Family Preserve, managed and protected by the Finger Lakes Land Trust. Please note there is a 55 minute drive one way to Hinchcliff.

From the FLLT website: The 206-acre Hinchcliff Family Preserve peers over the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake offering impressive vistas, diverse habitats, and a unique window into the human history and changing natural landscape of the property. The preserve is a key part of a growing greenbelt of preserved land around the southern end of Skaneateles Lake. Land protection here and throughout the watershed is vitally important because the lake serves as the source of drinking water for the city of Syracuse and several other communities.

The largest section of Hinchcliff features a 1.4-mile trail loop which passes mostly through northern hardwood forest at various stages of succession. The trail also winds past mixed hemlock-hardwood forest, as well as several ephemeral and perennial streams, gullies, and waterfalls. Grassy clearings offer habitat for sparrows and other open-country birds, as well as sweeping views of the wooded slope and the lake. Along the way, you will also see remnants of former habitation and work at the site – the foundation of an old dairy barn, a 1937 Chevrolet army truck possibly used by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and a grand stone fireplace and chimney that once served as the centerpiece of the Wickwire family home.

The hiking loop is steep in some sections. We will hike it twice in order to get our miles in. Bring water, sturdy hiking boots or shoes and insecticide that repels ticks.

To reduce our environmental impact and avoid drivers getting lost, we will carpool at Eastern Mountain Sports in Ithaca. Drivers are expected to carry passengers. Passengers may contribute towards the cost of gas, but this is not required on our hikes.

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